Do you say the phrase "I'm so busy!"? I felt led to write this blog since most have been running around all weekend trick or treating, parades, and are now dealing with sugar loaded kids that need a nap.
We all are busy, have been, or will be tomorrow. We live going 120mph because there is no other way... Or is there?
What are some of your favorite childhood memories? (Share with a loved one). What is the common factor in them? Let me guess it doesn't involve sitting in a car waiting for something, it doesn't involve a clean house, and doesn't involve stress!
My favorite memories involve- my crazy aunts pouring fun into my life, days on the farm sitting on top of a rock pile (or crying over the fly population and pigs chasing me), board games, popcorn nights, trips to Wendy's in Centralia, swimming lots of swimming, and the first and only family vacation we took to Florida. I could turn into my grandpa Joe sharing story after story, and adventure after adventure.
What memories will your children or grandchildren have of their childhood?
I was intentionally busy before Madison got sick. It is hard for me to even say this out loud. The need to climb the success ladder, the desire to be "the go to girl," so busy helping others that I couldn't see the needs in my own heart.
As I write this, those close to me will probably think, "You seem busy to me!" One big life change is when I decided to be intentional! Intentional to love others and keep my focus on God. As before, I was busy simply because I was running! The list from what I was running from is long, but don't we all have those things in our lives we need to deal with and we simply keep moving it to the end of our to-do list.
Don't get me wrong I'm no where perfect! I stumble, I fall, but I'm intentional on being present!
Last night, with Ryan not feeling well; we decided not to attend a family gathering. We wanted to go, but needed to be home. Our old ways we would have pushed to being there physically.....
It's okay to rest, it's okay to spend the night with your kids chasing you around the house playing, rather than you chasing them at a party. It's okay to be intentional about not filling your entire week by the millisecond. It's okay to stop the ship and change course.
More on the topic tomorrow...