“Take Time to Savor Life”
by Jennifer Allen
Have you ever been overwhelmed with life? Sitting there going over your to-do list in your head and wondering how you are going to get everything done? This was me a couple of months ago. Each day for me as a mom is filled with scheduled activities and interruptions. If you are a do-er like me, sometimes the busyness never ends.
A month ago I had the opportunity to go on a medical mission trip to Romania for 10 days. As I spent time preparing for the trip and took time to really be present on the trip, putting distractions aside, it helped me really get perspective on my everyday life. Before the trip, I found myself turning like a hamster on a wheel, moving but feeling like…
I was going nowhere…The mothering tasks seemed ongoing and never-ending.
Spending time alone, without my family and serving the humble Romanian people, I was able to get some clarity and perspective on my life. I had time to slow down and think about the things that are most important to me – things like my relationship with God, evangelism, time with family, and friendships with other believers. I had a chance to see life through the eyes of a different culture and participate in a slower way of life. I saw the blessings of less media and took time to enjoy God’s beautiful creation.
Back to Reality
When I returned home, I started to realize that the summer is quickly fading and I saw my mental list growing as the things I wanted to accomplish this summer had not all come to fruition. This created a lot of internal stress for me. As I pondered the things that we have done as a family, the things I have done individually and the projects that have or have not been completed, I began to wonder if the accomplishments of the summer were the important things that God wanted me to do.
I have begun to look at my productivity with new eyes. It is not just about checking things off of a to-do list. I am now inspired to look for margin in my life and incorporate more rest into my life. I want to really be able to have the energy and time to pursue things that will make a lasting impact on the kingdom of God and others. For me, that has involved praying over my to-do-list and saying “no” to some good things.
Reclaiming My Life
I am purposing to allow time in my schedule for a phone call with a friend, visiting my grandma, spending time with my spouse, being really present in my children’s lives and serving actively in missions. I want to make room for divine appointments.There are so many opportunities that come our way each day where we have the chance to serve others or share the love of Jesus. We will miss these priceless moments if we are too busy. I have been in the place of excessive busyness. I find myself slipping into that pattern over and over again.
The Holy Spirit is faithful to remind me when I seek Him that I need to keep my priorities in perspective. We were placed on this earth to accomplish God’s purpose, not to see who can accomplish the most things in a day. Resolve to take a few minutes each day to plan out your day and take your list to God. Ask Him for wisdom. Ask Him to guide you in the things that must be done today. Open your eyes to the needs around you and LIVE in the moment. Let’s not let busyness take over our lives and just live a life of exhaustion. We can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live happy, full lives if we are open to letting Him control our lives, our circumstances and even our to-do lists.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (NIV)
Jennifer Allen is a homeschool graduate, wife to her soulmate David (who also contributes to the blog), homeschooling mom, registered nurse, AWANA teacher, pianist, reader and lifelong learner. She can be found on her little corner of the web at conversaving.com. The person on the street would define “conversaving” as the act of easing the discomfort of someone left out of a conversation by including them in the dialogue. “Conversaving” the blog seeks to do the same thing, by relieving the awkward silence across the Internet of those seeking a real place to engage in constructive conversations about news, family, and homeschooling. Sprinkle in some laughs, tears, personal stories and curriculum reviews and you have the recipe for Conversaving.com!