You may have noticed fewer and fewer posts from us lately. You may be wondering why we’re so quiet or maybe you already get it because you’re a busy mom too. Since the holidays, we’ve been refocusing, letting go and spending intentional time with ourselves, our Redeemer and our family.
Letting go, although I hear those words in the form of song from the infamous Frozen soundtrack at least three times a day, is so hard for me to do. Letting go of my to-do list, letting go of a bad event in an otherwise good day, letting go of things out of my control… It’s hard for me to let go.
I never thought I had trouble really focusing on things until I stopped and realized how little I was actually remembering about my day. I wasn’t remembering things because I was constantly multi-tasking, never really focusing on just one thing. Always juggling three things at once as so many of us feel we have to do.
Since becoming a mother, spending intentional time with myself or having “me time” has not been on my radar. To be honest, most of the time I would rather be with my kids, husband or friends. When it has been on my mind, I’ve been plagued with the mom-guilt. (I know, let it go, right…) But something has shifted with me lately. I’ve come to realize that I need this time. I need it and my family needs me to take it. I’m not my best when I don’t have time to myself to rejuvenate, and really take care of myself. Us moms are taking care of a ton of things day in and day out, our children, husbands, laundry, work, meals, etc. etc… and somewhere in the midst of that never ending list is ourselves. If you’re like me, you often let yourself fall to the last item on that list or maybe even fall off the list completely. This is how I’ve been running for quiet sometime.
I recently had some health issues which landed me in the ER and forced me to stop everything. It took this event to show me that I can’t keep going on and on without taking care of me first. I want to be my best to do God’s work with my life, to be the best me for my husband and kids and feel the best I can be every day. There is no way to accomplish this without taking the needed time for myself.
First and foremost though, before me, before my husband, before my cherished kids, comes Him. Spending intentional time with God every day. There is no better way to start your day. Whether you have a good day ahead or many challenges, strengthening your relationship with God should always come first. Doing this will give you calmness in a stressful situation — I have quite a few of those daily. It will give you guidance when the choices in front of you seem foggy. It will give you stability when your life is shaky. He is everything you need to make it through your day.
So for 2016 we are letting go, refocusing and spending intentional time with God, ourselves and our family. What are some changes you plan to make this year? We’d love to hear from you!