If you are and you are living how you hoped – good for you.
That is wonderful.
I, on the other hand, can definitely testify to drooping a bit here in the middle of the race.
I am missing some of the excitement and fervor of my youth.
I am sleep deprived and overscheduled. I too often neglect my health, husband and spirit. I have lost some of my purpose and passion, allowing the consuming nature of motherhood to overwhelm me.
Yes, part of my purpose is to be a loving, devoted and all-around-fantastic mom, but to do that I need to keep my whole purpose in check. Otherwise I am offering my son a poor and unhealthy example.
This week I did a crazy thing – I signed up for an online Bible study, hosted by Lauren at Created for His Glory, that I clearly have no time for. I mean what am I thinking?!? Even my husband questioned my sanity.
But I knew I needed to do something radical to give me a boost and get me back in the race. Yup, I needed someone to hand me that critical mid-race swig of water and a big ol’ energy bar.
Was adding something to my already overscheduled life the answer? Well – sort of.
It is about getting back to what used to inspire me and heal me before I got so busy in this motherhood stage. It is about slowing down, reassessing and remembering what my life is for.
I am so grateful for the sweet blessing of my son and I consider it an honor to be his mother. But in the day-to-day rush of a mother’s life, I have allowed parts of my own spirit to be neglected. It is time to get back on track.
How are you doing? Have you allowed the daily craziness of life to distract you from your purpose? What do you do to keep your spirit healthy?
Some Resources for You:
If you are like me, and study and quiet contemplation help you focus and regroup, here are some resources for you to consider.
Do you know your purpose? If you haven’t read it yet, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is an incredible study on discovering and living out your life’s purpose. I will read it over and over for the rest of my life to help keep me on track.
If you have teenagers, this might be a good book to consider giving to them. I find it to be simple enough and really effective for that age group and had great results leading a group of teen moms through a study on it.
I found this Purpose series specifically for women at http://www.purposedrivenlife.com. I have never seen it before, but after this Beth Moore study, guess what books I am going to be buying next? They look great. Let me know if you have read them and what you thought.
If you want to read what the other women in my online study are learning, you can visit their blogs by clicking on their names in the chart below or on the blog links in my sidebar.
This is a list of the women participating in the study and the links to
their blogs. New postings on the study will be published weekly, between
Friday 8pm – Saturday 8am. Please feel free to visit each of us and comment.
Everyone is welcome to participate in this discussion as we seek to live
beyond ourselves. May God bless you richly from the hearing of His word.