So, Why a Blog?

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So, Why a Blog- (1)

I have started a blog.

 

This has been months in the making and I am excited that I am finally able to launch this thing and hit “Publish.”

 

Months ago, I started getting a little nudge that I needed to write. I felt and still feel that God is asking me to write… a book. That seems like such a huge leap. When the time is right I will share more about the book, but for now – I am here. Blogging, and… living the full life.

 

Our lives go through seasons, and I have gone through (and survived) the season of sleepless nights, the season of changing diapers and nursing babies. I have gone through the season of feeling like I couldn’t leave my house with four kids in tow. Now let me clarify the last one… it is not always easy, and it is usually always chaotic, but I no longer feel like I can’t do it.

 

Right now I am in a season of embracing this life, and my family. I am seeing daily how the saying “the days are long but the years are short” is indeed true. My babies are growing up and I want to live the full life with them and with Jeff.

 

So, what is “living the full life?” Well, let me share what it means to me… Far too often I hear people say they are “busy” and yet they really can’t tell me what they did, just that they were busy. I don’t want to live like that. After reading a handful of books (Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your SoulCrazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big ProblemWEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working and Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy) this past year that addressed this concept, I had an awakening. I did not want to live a busy life. I want to live a full life.

Some quotes that impacted me from the books I mentioned are:

“Busyness will remain the standard for many people for years to come. But we’re called to a different standard, a way of prioritizing our time that may seem weird to everyone around us. When we follow Jesus, we’re about the Father’s business not about the world’s busyness.” {Craig Groeschel – Weird}

 

“A runaway calendar will keep you from simplifying your life. It holds you hostage to tangible things meetings, appointments, and projects without giving proper priority to the intangibles: who you are becoming, your relationships with family and friends, your connectedness to God. Without conscious intervention, this pattern of chronically overscheduling ensures that the priorities you care about most will take a backseat to the urgent priorities of others every time.” {Bill Hybels – Simplify}

 

“I want to be sure we never confuse a busy life with a full life. To me, a busy life is frazzled, harried, lived at a pace I’m not meant to live, doing things I’m not meant to do. A busy life is a life the Enemy has created in order to keep me from God’s purpose. A full life, on the other hand, is a life lived in step with what God has called me to do.” {Alli Worthington – Breaking Busy}

That last one captured my heart. I think I screamed “YES!” while reading it. I had even previously used that phrase when people had asked the Monday question, “How was your weekend?” From my earlier readings, I refused to say busy. I said, “I had a full weekend. It was good” and then I usually would share something that we did.

So here I am. Writing. Blogging. And living the full life. Won’t you join me?

And in the words of Toby Mac, “Lord, Take it Away!

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4 Responses

  1. Joanna
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    Busy is a joy stealer! I am looking forward to reading your insights.

    • Heather
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      Thank you, friend!

  2. Kristen
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    I totally agree with this! Being “busy” has become a defining characteristic in our society of somebody who has it all. And, if you’re not busy, you must be “lazy.” I love the story of Martha and Mary because Jesus rebukes the busy one and praises the one who has time to just sit at his feet. I would much rather be a Mary than a Martha.

    • Heather
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      I so struggle with this. My mind is Martha but my heart craves Mary. I desire to be more Mary-like.

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