It makes my head spin some days trying to comprehend how much others accomplish. To be honest, it often makes me feel less-than enough. How can she juggle so much and still look so good doing it?! We live in a do-it-all, have-it-all-right-now world.
I have learned through listening to women bear their souls and through simple observation that having it all, at least all at the same time, is impossible. I believe we can have it all over the course of our lives, but not all at once. Something will inevitably suffer: our marriages, our children, our job performance, our passions, our walk with God, etc.
Life is full of seasons and cycles. I believe we can find peace and purpose through recognizing in what season of life we are residing.
I have just entered the season of motherhood and I am still learning what that means. It has certainly shifted my priorities. Though I still feel passionate about being involved and invested in my husband’s ministry, I have to set limits and occasionally say ‘no’. Blogging and writing are also two of my passions that I love and am going to hustle after, but not at the cost of quality time with my family. (Hence my infrequent posting. I can’t promise I will post more, but I am working on being more consistent. You, dear friends, are important to me too!) Through prayer and seeking God’s will, I am learning what is worth my time and energy during this season of young motherhood.
The obvious, and very important answer is my family. Right now, outside of my relationship with God, my biggest priorities are being a loving and supportive wife and mother. My husband Mitch and daughter Rebekah deserve my best, not my left-overs. However, I do believe that no matter what season of life you are in, there are things worth creating space to pursue. For me it is balance of the mind, body, and spirit.
This year I am committed to learning what it means to have a healthy balance. How can I relieve anxiety, feed my mind on God’s word, read good books, and take time to write? How can I strive for health physically through eating nutritious foods, staying physically active, and getting enough sleep? How can I create space to connect spiritually with God through prayer, time in reflection, His word, and through living out my faith by reaching out to others?
When thinking of creating space and balance, I again return to the word intentional. None of the above will happen on accident, at least not consistently. Now that we are settled (ahem, mostly settled . . . ), I am intentionally implementing healthy routines. I am working to establish writing time, family walks, healthy meal plans, Bible and prayer time (both on my own and with Mitch), and various ways we, as a family, can reach out and share Christ’s love with others.
What season of life are you in? Do you feel balanced mentally, spiritually, and physically?
Read more posts about “space” and different women’s perspectives on it at Whole Mama!