Learning to ‘sit down.’

Today’s ‘Girlfriends in God’ passage was particularly powerful for me. I continually struggle with balancing do-it-all-let’s-go-go-go, with taking a step back and realizing that sometimes less is most definitely more.

In  my commitments. To family, friends, and last but not least, myself.

In my fitness. Sticking closer to the ‘work smarter, not harder’ mantra.

In my eating. Continuing on the log as a tool, not as a hard and fast rule. In ‘setting it and forgetting it’ (rather than letting it consume my thoughts)

In my faith. In strengthening my relationship with God. In faith in myself. In faith in my life path.

When you cram all of that together, all of those goals, all of those…things, it takes up a lot of space in my brain, in my habits, in my day.

When do I ‘sit down?’

When do I let the process happen.

Rather than poke and prod it to death?

THIS:

We all struggle with balance and the inevitable battle with stress that struggle creates. When we refuse to balance the sometimes overwhelming demands of work, home, family, friends, and personal growth, stress will be the natural result. What we really need is a holy balance only God can bring. The story of Mary and Martha, two very different women, offers valuable truths about balance that we can apply to our lives today.

A balanced life is focused on right things. <-hello epiphany!! 

AND THIS:

Choosing to sit at the feet of Jesus requires decisive planning, purposeful scheduling and a willful determination. Every day, God wants relationship building time with us, which means that time at His feet, in His presence must be our highest priority…It is amazing to me how I can squander away the best part of my day, leaving God with the leftover scraps of time and then have the audacity to complain that my life is void of power and purpose. Distractions come from every side. Some of those distractions are good and wonderful things, but they are all still wrong things if they keep us from stopping to spend time with God. We make daily choices about where we invest our time as we run errands, plan meals, deal with children, clean house, and do laundry – but fail to schedule the most important activity of all, spending time with God.

Investing my time. My time is an investment. Just as is all of our time. It is valuable and it deserve to be made a priority. Not squandered away. Not OVER-planned down to a point of stress and losing sight of that importance. (This Lindsay also makes some great points on prioritizing and simplifying – I am constantly learning from you, girl!!)

I’ve been letting my ‘smarter, not harder’ mantra get the best of me…because I’ve been reversing it. Harder, NOT smarter. For example, when I read Lindsay’s post ‘dear overexercising’ – wow, that hit home. While I think for the most part I strike a good balance with my workouts and my teaching, the lines are blurring a little. I put too much pressure on myself to cram it all in. And instead of smarter, it’s just harder. And it’s not productive.

The same goes with the other areas in my life I mentioned above. I need to prioritize. Not try to do it all because I know I can, or because I am *that* productive. Honoring the investment. Honoring the time. And instead making quality investments with my time. Back to balancing too little with too much and hitting the balance of ‘just right’ in all aspects of my life.

I’m learning to sit down. (Again) going back to basics. And I already feel more balanced and ‘free’ just thinking about it. Take a step back, look at your time ‘investments’ and when you think of them that way, they mean so much more, don’t they? 

 

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25 thoughts on “Learning to ‘sit down.’

  1. Obviously this totally resonates with me right now too — I LOVED that Girlfriends in God message today and really REALLY love what Lindsay had to say about overexercising…more so as an example of where the Type A ‘tude can act as a negative thing instead of a positive thing. Our drive to always, go, do, MOVE isn’t always the healthiest of things…I mean, in some ways it sure is pretty awesome but in other ways, man do we cram a lot into our days. And not all of that cramming is needed…or done with intention. And that’s what this post screams to me — getting back to intention, in ALL areas of life. Beautiful post sis, and huge reminder…xoxo

    1. Exactly. Intention. We both get really excited and want to do it all, all the damn time. When there is an unplanned day or HOUR even, we plan it. WTF? Why not just settle and enjoy the unplanned a little more.

  2. Yes, time is an investment and not something to be squandered but boy, have I been doing a good job of squandering it lately :-) Mostly, I think it’s because I am tried and burnt out and yes, that stress is bubbling up to the surface…a lot. But this – Honoring the investment. Honoring the time – so important. Great post.

  3. I’m with Heather. “A balanced life is focused on right things.” That resonated with me, because I have been trying to live life presently…with my kids, my husband, and everything about our life. I’ve been trying to decide on a job that was basically handed to me the moment I walked in…but I haven’t returned the call. I’m trying to figure out if it’s right for me…if it’s worth the time invested (part time, small change pay, 15 miles away). Not sure what I want…sigh. But I do know I want to focus my time on the things that matter the most…like chubby cheeks, a beautifully brilliant little redhead, and a guy whose smile just lifts me up. <3

    1. It is a tough tough call. Making choices like that, really prioritizing. But it sounds like perhaps this isn’t it for you, friend, and only time will tell, if you see it through and determine from there if it fits that vision of balance. XOXO

  4. Oh my goodness, amen to it all! I have been go go go go go to the extreme before and suffered so greatly. I still have to work hard to find the balance, but it usually comes when I (you guessed it) make time to be with God and grow my relationship with Christ. Absolutely LOVED this post, Jo!

    1. THANK YOU Tina! I am so glad you can relate, as I had a feeling you might, and that you liked this post so much! Ya know, it was one of those that just flew from my fingers, and those are usually the best ones, the most telling ;-) XOXO!

  5. Great post. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately. Time. I have to work a week of nights every six weeks from 9pm to 9am. While I get a glorious week off for doing the gruelling night work, it’s a week of my life that I don’t see anyone when I’m working nights. So I’ve made the decision to go back to school next month( if I get accepted to the course, will know by the end of the week) and study nutrition part time. I’m hoping this could lead me long term into working better hours and of course working in an area I’m passionate about.

    1. I love this – nutrition study, go after your passion friend!! And your work schedule leaves so little time to really have much time to ‘sit down’ – but you are finding it in any way you can. Be aware of it and focus on YOU time. Good!

    1. It is SO HARD to practice what I preach sometimes, more often than I’d like lately! But writing it out and really thinking about it is helping me take a step back!

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