Do you ever feel like you’re chasing your life? Like it’s running away from you, instead of you living it? Life is meant to be lived, to be enjoyed to the fullest. But lately, it’s been a struggle for me just to get through each day.
I’ve hit a wall.
For a little while now, I’ve been ignoring the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to slow down, to be still and to not give in to the pressure to do it all. After all, I’m superwoman, right? I work full time, homeschool, manage a household (although failing miserably in that department), have children that need my attention, a husband who needs my affection, ministry commitments, friendships I long to cultivate, and a blog ministry that I desire to see used for the Glory of God.
But superwoman does not exist. I am but a simple woman who desires to be used in my ordinary, every day life to bring Him glory.
So things have to change.
I’ve been leaning in, asking God how this slow down will affect my life. I want to remain yielded to His voice and open to His leading. I know that I cannot continue to burn the candle at both ends and expect to have anything good to bring to Him, or to you for that matter. Below are 10 things I feel God asking me to do in my pursuit of slow:
- Be with Him. The reality is that in a life of busy my quiet time often gets pushed to the side. I want to be more intentional in spending time with God, leaning into His voice and allowing His Word to wash over me. I am privileged to work at a Prayer Room, so I want to give the first 30 minutes of my day to Him, just sitting at His feet and waiting in His presence.
- Be intentional with my children. I’m tired of being the “in a minute” mom. My children are growing up before my eyes and I want to take the couple of hours I have each night before they go to bed and be intentional in building those relationships.
- Date my husband. Sounds simple, but we’ve sort of gotten sidetracked by the demands of life and have forgotten to just get away and enjoy each other. Dates don’t have to cost much. The purpose is just to be intentional in cultivating my relationship with my husband.
- Get back to menu planning. I’ve been out of this routine for a while now and because of it, I am running the rat race of “what’s for dinner” too often and it’s exhausting. Planning and shopping ahead will free up some much needed time for me to be at home.
- Create a cleaning schedule. I’ve never needed one before, but now, as it’s all become too much, it’s much needed. Clean Mama has some amazing printables and tips on how to get things done by tackling just a few things each day.
- No-pressure blogging. I have to admit I’ve been feeling a little pressured in the blogging department. I love you all so much that I try so hard to read you every day. But it’s becoming overwhelming. If I am to remain a good steward of what God has given to me, I have to realize that I cannot possibly get around to all of you every day. So reading and commenting may come less frequently, but I won’t abandon you!
- Keep the Sabbath. Beginning next Sunday, I will invoke a Sabbath day of rest and refrain from social media and blogging each week on Sundays. I want to use that time to refocus, more in depth study of His Word, enjoy my family and perhaps read a book (which leads me to the next point).
- Read. I’ve lost my love for reading, and most of the time I’m too tired to stay awake to fully comprehend what I am reading. I have so many books saved on my Kindle Cloud that I want to take time to read them, as well as real paper books. I’ve tried countless times to build a summer reading list and have yet to get started.
- Take a walk. I want to start incorporating exercise into my routine, at least a few days a week. It will not only be good for my body, but good for my soul as I get out and embrace the beauty of creation that is all around me.
- Go to bed earlier. I am a night owl, and do my best writing at night. However, I’m not getting any younger and it’s taking a toll on my body. I will need to adjust how and when I write so that I’m not burning the midnight oil each night.
Sometimes life just needs a little adjustment. I hope that all of these little changes will allow me the rest, refocus and recharge that I so desparetely need.
How about you my friends. Are you feeling the nudge to slow down? What are some things that you can do today to help you to move from doing it all to simply being? I would love it if you would share with me in the comments below.