This morning I will begin my fourth day with my new group of fifth graders. We are back into the fast paced life of two working parents! I am already feeling overwhelmed! However, this post isn’t really about just me.
As I picked up my kids yesterday, another mom was there picking up her son. Let me tell you, folks! She looked amazing! She was wearing an outfit far nicer than what she normally wears. Her hair looked awesome! I was blown away. I quickly learned that she had a job interview that would change her life!
This new job was great for her career. It also would bring more hours and tons of stress. She was not sure she was ready for the pace of life that came with that job. As a single mom, she is concerned that she won’t be able to spend as much time with her precious little boy.
As I began my own “dinner rush” hour in my home, I thought about how I handle the added stress and fast pace of life. I think I do it because I give myself permission to relax every once in awhile. We know God calls us to stay busy and work hard. However, He wants us to make time for Him first. In those quiet moments of prayer and Bible study, we learn that God wants us to give the stress and worry to Him.
This week, I didn’t write much. I had to push something to the side. I couldn’t give up washing clothes, cleaning bathrooms, or feeding the family. I gave up writing. (Just for a few days!) I gave myself permission to relax during those times. I gave my family time to adjust to this new pace August brings.
Sometimes we think that taking fifteen minutes to just lay in the floor with our kids is bad. We think the dishes are more important. Sometimes we obligate ourselves to a point that we can barely function. It is okay to say no to committees or organizations when we feel ourselves getting overwhelmed.
My prayer today is for each woman out there to take a few moments for herself. I hope she gives herself permission to relax. God has control. We don’t have to try to wrestle control from Him. Enjoy this life!