BUT the real challenge is in living purposefully, not haphazardly. The real challenge for me is also to not get overwhelmed by it all as it’s tiring. I’ve been more exhausted this year than ever. A big part of that is that Mark and I don’t get much time off from work, but another part of that is that I really have to take things one bit at a time or I overwhelm myself. I also need to learn to say no to people, and I need to have a list of priorities in front of me at all times. If my plate is overloaded because I’m saying yes to everyone and don’t need to be, then that’s my own fault.
So I’m looking at the lovely Proverbs 31 lady in a new light. She’s there to remind me to not waste time, to not waste my talents, and to not neglect priorities. She’s NOT there to remind me of what a daily failure I am. 🙂 She’s there to encourage us, not to deflate us.
And someone from church sent this to me this morning –
“Don’t slack on any ideas that come to you in those wee moments of sweet silence with the Lord.”
I spend most morning in bed under the covers praying for a bit before all of the boys get up. It’s my time to regroup, to focus, and to gather strength for my day. And as I head into 2012, I’m now going to use that time to write down the ideas, the inspiration, the encouragement that I get in my time in His presence. I’m going to consult Him on what things to say yes to, what things to say no to, and ask Him how to be the best wife and mom that I can be while still getting to do some heart-fulfilling things. I’m going to trust Him for daily wisdom and major help with time management. And I’m going to still pursue my own “failure club” idea and find one avenue through which I can apply the giftings/talents that God has put in me.
I have great hopes for 2012 . . . 🙂