I have a lot on my plate and I am guessing you do too. I won’t list them all out but know that the list is long enough to forget a few things. I constantly feel like the plate is so full and I can’t get a bigger plate- I only have 24 hours a day. I only have so much brain power, physical energy, emotional space and time to give away. I have been feeling like I am at capacity. So what can I do about it? I’ve decided that instead of running around from 6-8 every day only to have enough time to pass out and then do it all again in the morning that I’m going to switch somethings up.
I can pray. – Before anything gets started I have to get my fuel- the word of God. I need to refresh my spirit, get my mind right and ask God what I need for the day and what He desires me to learn and so. without the word, I am ill equipped to get through the day. I don’t want to just have Jesus as my friend I want him to be LORD of my life which means every morning when I wake up I need to give Him the day before it even begins and receive back my strength, joy, guidance, wisdom and love I need.
Psalm 5:3 Each morning you listen to my prayer, as I bring my requests to you and wait for your reply.
I can limit.– I can do it all… Just not all at the same time. Not everything can be top priority every day. Some days it’s school. Some days it’s work. Some days it’s church. Some days it’s me. So I am going to give myself grace on days where I need more space for one area. And trust that the world won’t fall apart if I didn’t email every single person back or skipped a workout because I needed to finish a paper.I am equipped with everything I need including discernment on what comes first and what can wait.
Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I can focus.- Wherever I am, be all the way there. I am convinced that half the reason I’m exhausted is because I’m already thinking three tasks ahead and then I have to work twice as hard at the task at hand because I wasn’t really listening when it was explained. Everything ends up taking way longer because I am just DOING TOO MUCH. This goes for everything including time to myself. If it’s tea time then that’s all that matters right then- not tomorrows morning run or next weeks FEAST or that one client who needs a complaint filed. It’s just me and some chamomile. So if I’m resting I need to rest. If I’m working I need to work. And if I’m running I need to run. If I am studying then I need to study. And if its play time- then I need to PLAY. I need to practice being present exactly where I am.
Colossians 3:23- Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
I am letting go of the need to carry every title possible and strive and achieve constantly. I cannot take all these accolades and jobs and positions with me when my time is up. I get one life to live and I don’t want it to consist of just pushing and planning and doing. I don’t want to look back on this season or my life and realize all that I did was achieve and never really live.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
So for me, part of living well is making myself a quality dinner at the end of the day. So head over to the recipe page to see my newest addition: PORKCHOPS.