The One Thing I Can Do…
We had the privilege of originally sharing this post on Clutter Breaker Blog, which features Break-thru stories, beauty tips and interviews to inspire natural growth!
Have you ever met one of those unbelievably cheerful, dedicated, patient mothers that never seem fazed by life’s demands? Dirty dishes, laundry, dinner, diapers, homework…. The list goes on and on and she handles it all with ease. Not to mention she looks fantastic while doing it! She’s the type of woman who people truly gaze at with amazement and think to themselves…
“I don’t know how she does it.”
Well, you can relax; I certainly am not one of them!
On the other hand, I sometimes look at my life, my kids, my house and my wardrobe and wonder… “How did this happen…?” Moments later my thoughts are interrupted by the giggles and tiny footsteps of my four daughters creeping their way down the stairs to share the details of their latest playroom excursion. Then, I can’t help but think to myself, “Thank you Lord.”
As the founder of For Girls Like You, a wife of 9yrs and a mother of four girls, the one thing I have learned is simply this:
“I cannot do it all!”
This is by no means an excuse or escape from the responsibilities of my life. It is simply an acknowledgement of my current reality and a needed relief.
As women, we often face pressure, and at times create self-imposed pressure, to achieve and excel in all aspects of our lives. Our home, our careers and our marriages are all expecting us to rise to the occasion. Although this pressure isn’t all bad, I have resolved to devote all of my attention and efforts to do this one thing:
Love the Lord [my] God with all my heart, with all [my] soul, and with all [my] strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
Using this scripture as my life’s guide allows me to fully devout myself to whatever moment or season I find myself in. If my focus is to love Christ with all my heart, than it doesn’t matter if I am combing four squirming heads of hair, setting a table for 6, folding laundry for 3 consecutive hours or designing a layout for the magazine; my goal is always to honor Christ with my life.
Once we have loving Christ as the center of our focus, He is free to use and expand our lives in ways that go beyond our own expectations, causing others to gaze at HIS grace in our lives with “AMAZEMENT!”
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