The storm has hit. You feel like you’re drowning in anxiety. If one more person asks you to do something for them, no matter how small, you feel as though the entire world will crush you. If that describes you, keep reading.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything and there is a very good reason for that…I was useless. At least in the capacity the people who read this need me to be at. Here’s the short version: In may we got notice that we needed to renew our lease for our townhouse, but the rent went up. God says “This is it! You told me you would go when I said to go, so now I’m telling you to go. Go to the place I will show you.” So we had a month to get a house and move out. That’s not very much time in regards to closing on a house which is why we figured we would likely have to spend a week or so with friends. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we spent 3 weeks with friends…essentially moving 3 times in 3 weeks before we were in our home. After we got into our home (praise Jesus!!) we had to unpack and organize at the speed of light because my daughter had been patiently waiting for 2 months for her birthday party. Once the festivities had died off, it was time to get ready for school. Oh my goodness!!! Now you see why I haven’t had anything to pour out to you; I haven’t been able to refill my own spirit cup. Speaking of refilling your spirit cup, that leads me to my next topic…
Self care. I feel like most women don’t really understand what these two words mean. Myself included at times! Our worlds are so busy…with kids, a house, pets, a spouse, work, school, a social life, volunteer work, etc…we can’t seem to find the time to do a thing for ourselves so we get burnt out. This past weekend I realized I was at that stage of my life. Burnt out. Besides my brand, which encompasses many different businesses, I spent about 13.5 hours a week at church. I’m paid for some of that time but most of it I’m not paid for. Working up there truly makes my heart happy! But I feel like it’s taking up more family time than what is healthy, so after much prayer and listening, I’ve decided to cut back. In the span of 2 days this last week I think I saw my husband for 30 minutes. This wasn’t because of some one time commitment…this was going to be a regular thing if I didn’t do something now. So the question that looms before us is…how do we make sure we are taken care of, so we have something to give to those we love? You might answer this differently than me, but I need to schedule it for myself. Maybe you can go have a quiet lunch by yourself once a week, or have a relaxing bubble bath, or go shopping. I enjoy getting lost in a romantic historical fiction book for a few hours. Or seeing what deals I can find at the local thrift shop. But through all the chaos we’ve experienced the last few months, there were a few things that remained fairly consistent: My time with Jesus and taking care of my body. It wasn’t time consuming or complicated at all! I spend the first part of my morning drinking coffee and listening to a good sermon podcast. This usually takes about 25 minutes. Then sometime during the day I take natural gut health focused supplements to keep me focused and give me all day energy as well as to keep the depression and food cravings at bay (you can find them here).
God has truly blessed us so much with the new house and how my brand is continuing to grow, plus new opportunities for us to expand our influence and develop our ministries (both my husband and myself), so I don’t want the enemy to take the blessings and make them into stress. Stay focused on all the good that God is doing in your life, not the stress. Even though things might be crazy now, be brave and courageous! Press on towards whatever it is that God has called you to do, but don’t lose yourself in the process. He will give you the strength and bless your perseverance. #livelifecourageous
Psalm 46:1-3 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.