Recovery for the Weary Mom/Wife/Woman's Heart

Earlier this week, I did a Periscope segment on ways that I have found help me overcome a weary soul.  There are times that it seems like the demands of being a mommy, wife, and just overall being a woman close in on us.  We say yes to too much, we are shuttling kids everywhere, juggling careers and home life.  Sometimes it’s just overwhelming and we literally scream for Calgon to take us away, preferably to a tropical landscape with a pool attendant bringing nonstop umbrella drinks.  Or maybe that’s just me.  But I would venture to guess that we all have moments, whether we are moms, wives, or just women in general that we need an escape from the daily hustle. We want to just “be” without a label.  Literally some days I just want to make it out the door without some kind of stain or snot wiped on me, but then it’s such a beautiful reminder of my role as a mommy and something I waited years to have.  

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Friends... or Just Neighbors?

Community... Hospitality... Intentional Living...

These thoughts have been resonating in my mind over the past year. God has placed them in my heart and I've been searching for some way for them to all come together. Searching for a way to fully embrace living the life God is giving me, right in the middle of the day-to-day mundanes. I don't want more special events to fill my calendar. I want relationships. I want my child to see her father and I living out the gospel before her eyes.

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Hard to Love

Why is it so hard for us to love the “Caitlyns” of the world? Why is it so hard to love for us to love those who were just given the right to marry? Why is it so hard for us to love those who are different than us?

We are Christians. We have seen and felt the love of God. We know what unconditional love feels like. We are called to love others. We are instructed to love those we may not understand, those we may disagree with, those who are just different from what we know. We are called to love, without qualifiers.

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How Does She Do It All?

Do you ever feel yourself pulling back from things you usually dive right into? From your commitments, even your loved ones? Do you ever feel like you're on the verge of burning out? I've sure been there a few times...

Sometimes we just need to get away. We need to remind ourselves of what is important to us and reconnect with our loved ones. We need to be quiet. We need to find ourselves lost in nature where praying just comes from the subconscious and pours out of us as the Spirit refills our soul.

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In the Break Between the Sprints

I'm a sprinter. Not so much in actual running, but in pretty much every other aspect of my life.

I love the challenge of the fast paced project, the big job with the looming deadline, the adrenaline of hosting and planning a party, and the break that's coming at the end of a job well done. I struggle to stay motivated in the marathon kind of tasks that life requires. Just come on over any given day and see how clean my floors may or may not be to see that one for yourself.

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Waiting For You...

Have we lost the ability to wait on what matters most?

People

We live in an increasingly fast-paced, technology driven, "I want it now" kind of world. We've gotten so accustomed to convenience and speed, drive-thrus, take out, text messaging, facebook statuses to check up on friends. Now don't get me wrong... there is nothing wrong with convenience, speed and efficiency. I myself am a huge fan of most of the short-cuts today's world offers. However, there is one area I am noticing that our addiction to fast results is having a really detrimental effect.

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A New Year: Learning to Live with Intention

I love to welcome in a new year.  The little OCD woman inside of me loves to make her lists, color code everything on the crisp white pages of her planner, and plan all the awesome things she is going to accomplish this year.  I buy into the fairy tale that this will be the year that I finally have it all together and when the year comes to a close, every.single.thing will be checked off of my list.  The end of the year me will bask in the glow of her accomplishments – complete with choirs of angels singing my praises (kind of like Oprah after a “Favorite Things” episode). We make all kinds of resolutions - mainly that this will finally be the year that we eat healthier, exercise, and regain our twenty year old bodies.  And that lasts (if we stretch the truth a bit) until February.  Life happens and all of those “resolutions” are lost in the abyss of all the things competing for our attention. 

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You're Always Welcome

Toys scattered across the living room floor. Dishes from breakfast piled up in the sink until you have a few minutes to empty the dishwasher and load it up again. Piles of clean laundry waiting to be folded and put away. Why do I allow myself to become so sensitive to such a silly thing when I know what a relief it is to see that piles and dishes are a part of a happy home? Hospitality is making sure someone feels better about themselves when they leave your presence, not feeling better about you.

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Getting Outside the Boxes

Oh boxes make me happy. Little compartments that I can sort things to keep them organized and where they belong. Little labels that are cute and functional and keep places from being so messy.

But here's the thing about my boxes... they only work if I use them, which life has a tendency to keep me from doing quite as I would like. So there are piles and messes. Counter-tops covered with mail to read and bills to pay. Toys scattered across the living room floor. Junk drawers filled with exactly that. I'm sure most of you can relate. (If you have mastered the art of actually living life and using all your boxes as designed, please, feel free to give me some tips!)

Life has a way of living outside of our boxes.  

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