Putting On Your Oxygen Mask First

The Need to Say No

No

Mom, are you busy and overwhelmed? Do you find yourself committing to too many things and not finding joy in the things that you do? Could it be that you are doing too much? Or could it be that you aren’t doing the right things to accomplish your goals?

Early in my mothering when I had two children and was in the transition of quitting my job and being a full-time stay at home mom, I was busy. We had things jam packed into every day keeping us too busy even to spend an evening at home.

I learned very quickly that this lifestyle wasn’t conducive to being a productive stay-at-home mom because I was never actually home. I wasn’t busy doing bad things I just wasn’t busy doing the right things.

In the last seven years, I have birthed five children. This season has looked much different than the previous. I quickly found out that for my children’s sanity as well as mine, it was best for me just to be at home caring for and schooling.

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Mother’s Day

Honoring a Job Well Done

red flowers in a field

Every day I wake up to several children that have hit the ground running. I roll out of my comfortable bed kicking and screaming because I’d like a few extra hours of sleep. Sometimes I think to myself what in the world was I thinking?

I totally thought this mothering thing was easy. My Mom made this whole “life” thing look easy. She didn’t even have the benefit of Pinterest to come up with creative fun cute amazing projects. She didn’t have the community of Facebook. Heck, she didn’t even have Google to consult for all of our “life-threatening” illnesses and diseases. How did we ever survive?

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Leaving a Legacy

What a Life Well Spent Looks Like

Sun setting behind ticking watch

My best friend’s mother passed away recently. She was 86 years old, and she lived a full life. Proverbs 31:28 says, Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. It was apparent that her children rose up and called her blessed.

This woman finished well. She was generous, a hard worker, and a servant. She raised her family to love God. She instilled in her children to work hard, to be committed, to serve others and much more. She will be truly missed by many.

I couldn’t help but sit at the funeral and think of what people were going to say at my funeral. What do I want to be remembered for?

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