Busyness -- in May, it’s quite a problem. Between graduations and wedding season and field trips and not to mention the general sense of burnout in the air, there is way too much going on. I can always identify an uptick in my overwhelm when I respond to the question, “How are you?” with some version of this: “I’m good! Staying busy.”
When I feel compelled to include my busyness in a description of my general wellbeing, it means it’s time to evaluate. Now, like I’ve said many times before, some overwhelm is a natural accompaniment of a hectic season. It’s when the hectic season starts to feel like a permanent state of being, that we have a problem on our hands. This particular season tends toward busyness, and that’s ok. But, we have a choice about whether we let our busyness control us or whether we take the reins through intentional and well organized productivity skill building.
Being productive boils down to having a firm grasp on our time and how to leverage it to its fullest potential. Freedom from busyness usually boils down to feeling as if you have several sections of free and restful time in your calendar every week. In a hectic season, this is achievable only if you are productive with your working hours and a fierce protector of your free hours.
Maintaining free hours has been a lifelong struggle for me, but the four tools and skills I’ll outline below have made a serious difference. Let’s jump in!
Well hi everybody! Hopefully you're following along in our Refresh Easter devotional! If not, you can sign up by following the link at the top of the page to catch the last few days! Since, in the devotional, we are talking about ways to refresh our thinking for the new season, here are five fresh finds that are making my life just a little more joyful! You can find links to all these things by clicking the button below their picture!
1. A Recipe
2. A Book
3. A Shoe
4. A Playlist
5. A Follow
Hi everyone! As we kick off our ten day refresh series, I'm sharing with you the devotional for day 1 in hopes that you will want to follow along with us for the rest of the series! You can sign up on the tab at the top of this page to receive devotions just like this one in your inbox for the next 9 weekdays before Easter. To start, we are discussing refreshment for our attitudes. Putting our minds and hearts in just the right place as we prepare our lives to welcome the power of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Hope you Enjoy!
As part of our work at our church, one of our sweet pastors challenged us to take a growth inventory. He suggested we rate ourselves on a scale of one to ten in each of the following categories: Faith Life (Jesus time), Marriage, Family, Office, Digital , Ministry, Financial, Social, Attitudinal , Creative, Travel, and Physical.
As Ben and I drove down the road, we took stock of how we were doing in these areas. As we talked along, I was feeling pretty satisfied with my ratings. Until....we got to “attitude.” I felt that immediate, pit of the stomach feeling of conviction. I knew immediately that this was an area where I had allowed worldly behavior and exhaustion and sometimes complaining to chip away at my joyful attitude until the honest rating here, was a four. Well I knew it was time to breathe in some new life. And often, when it comes to mindset, new life looks like gratitude to me. When busyness feels suffocating, that’s just the time to remember what an honor it is to be so involved. When family or friend relationships seem challenging, it’s time to consider the blessing our people are in our lives. And when our relationship with Jesus feels tired, we all need to call on Jesus to re-introduce us to the living water we have within us, the kind that never dries up and never leaves us wanting.
Joy is always accessible to us, we only need ask.
How would you rate your attitude lately? Where do you need to pour living water over dry places? Invite Holy Spirit to speak truth and bring new life to your mindset.
Dear Jesus, this is a season of celebrating your victory over death. I want to ready myself like never before by inviting Holy Spirit to breathe fresh air into the dead or dying places of my heart. I pray today for revelation about where you would like to see fresh starts in my life. Adjust my attitude. Make me anxious to seek after you and to find you. Show me how to submerge myself in your living waters, body, mind, and spirit. Amen.
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to tell you that I am pushing out a new email devotional series starting on April 8th. This series is called “10 Days of Refresh,” and will drop in your inbox during the last ten weekday mornings before Easter. Each day will name one way we tend to get hung up, bogged down, or stuck in a rut as we move through our busy lives and we’ll spend that day setting intentions about how we would like to see new life breathed into areas of our lives that have become stagnant. You know I’m a practical girl, so every day you’ll receive a reading, bit of scripture, a prayer, and a practical challenge that applies to your actual life. The email will be able to be read in its entirety in just five minutes. The goal of these ten days will be to wake up and start fresh as we die to self and prepare to celebrate our risen Lord on Easter Sunday. I hope you’ll come along with us for 10 Days of Refresh!
If you would like to subscribe, you can do so below, or by clicking on the tab at the top of the page. If you enjoyed 30 Days of Intention in December, please share this with your people. I’m so excited to walk down this road of fresh starts together. Thanks so much for coming along!
Welcome! I'm a wife, third year music teacher, Jesus follower, and am chronically curious about just about everything. Join me as I kick off this adult life.
"I am the Vine, you are the Branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."