Have you ever set out to try to have a peaceful day, when before even making it through your morning coffee, all hell breaks loose? Your kids start hitting each other. Your work throws another deadline on your plate. Your baby throws a fit. Your husband is heading out for the day. The dryer breaks and you have ten loads of laundry to do. All of a sudden, this dream of peace seems thrown out the window and impossible to achieve. My word for 2019 was peace. I was determined to set out this year and find a peaceful way of life. When in fact, it has been the most chaotic year of my life. I eventually just assumed I should give up on this word peace, until I discovered a secret.
Have you ever found yourself just trying to be super woman? No biggie right? Sure, I can handle it all. I can do it all. I’m super woman. I never realized how much of my life I have played this role of super woman until just a few weeks ago.
I get it. You're busy. You're juggling a million things and there is just no possible way you can get away to rest and restore you. In today's world, people wear the title of busy like a badge of honor. If you aren't busy, it's almost frowned upon. Since when did life get so limited on time that a person cannot even full on stop at a STOP SIGN for heaven sake? I am just as guilty as you. But I did something amazing this past weekend. I put all other excuses aside, and I made time for rest. Let me just tell you how many amazing benefits came from just a few days away.
To all you mommas out there who feel like you lost yourself in the midst of motherhood, you're not alone.
But I'm here to remind you (myself included) that you are more than just momma.
You are more than just wife.
You are more than just what everyone else needs you to be.
Somewhere deep down in that heart of yours, you have tucked away your own dreams and desires.
I'm here to give you permission to unleash them.
In fact, I'm here to challenge you to unleash them.
Sometimes life leaves us lying flat on our face. Sometimes it feels like we will never be able to get up from this pit of despair. Sometimes it feels like we will be at rock bottom forever. Has life ever left you feeling that way? Has life ever left you feeling so low that the only thing you can do is look up?
Has life ever left you feeling completely drained? The busyness, chaos, and stress of living in this world can sometimes make us feel like our cups are completely empty. Often times (especially as women) we pour into everyone else. We try to take care of everyone else. We do this for so long, constantly putting ourselves aside, sometimes to the point of complete exhaustion.
Ladies, this post is for all those tears you cry in your bedroom when nobody else sees. This is for every single lady out there that has ever felt alone. Read on. I have an amazing truth for you.
Tomorrow marks my 8 year wedding anniversary. That should be a time of celebration right? That's a huge accomplishment. Marriage is not for the faint of heart. Marriage is a daily choice to put someone else's needs before your own. That's easy during the dating phase. Your world revolves around that other person. They give you butterflies when you see them. Your face lights up when they text you. You laugh at every joke they make, even if it's not funny because they are just that adorable to you. You spend an hour getting ready before they pick you up for that date, because of course you want to look good. You hear a special song on the radio and you crank it up singing along because that's "our song." You slow dance to it every time you are together. You spend hours piecing together a seashell necklace just make her feel special. You spend hours attending every baseball came just to show him you care.
Have you ever looked up from life and realized that the target you had been aiming for was completely wrong? Have you ever lifted your head from the busyness of the day and noticed that all these things you have been chasing after have left you feeling empty and unfulfilled? My life right now is a prime example of that exact ah-ha moment. Maybe you are like me; stubborn. When I get my mind set on something, I have a tendency to chase after it wholeheartedly, never paying attention to the consequences that may come along. Sometimes God has to really shake my core before I even open my eyes to see what's happening around me.