Monthly Archives: February 2012

Resonate.

I’ve been feeling overtired and burnt-out since our move. Things have been charging ahead with work, school, family, church…life in general feels like it’s sped up instead of slowed down. The days are zipping past before my eyes, before I realize that it is, in fact, a new day and before I even have a chance to cross things off of my to-do list.  My hope is that this is just part of the learning curve and that I’m feeling the temporary effects of our lives having been shuffled around. Regardless of the cause of my weariness, the truth is that I am in a bit of a valley.

During our church service this past week our pastor read a piece of scripture three times in a row. It felt like God was saying it directly to me. It so fully resonated with my soul and where I’m finding myself these days. Hearing these words, having these truths spoken over and over was like a slipping my feet into cool stream on a hot summers day. They reminded me that I don’t have to shoulder all of this on my own. They reminded me that there is someone else who knows what lies ahead, and that in that there is a purpose and a plan. They helped me to take a deep breath and remember that there is someone who brings true rest.

For those of you are finding themselves in the same boat, I encourage you to read over these words. Take your time. I’m sure you will find that they resonate with where you are at.

 28-30“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

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Wax Off. Wax On.


{I learned how to strip, seal and wax a floor today…shiny.}

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Adjusting.

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{early morning laundry with Amelia}

I’ve realized that I’m pretty bad at giving myself time to adjust. I jump into something (a new project, a new skill, a new hobby) and expect that I should be immediatly up-to-speed on all of the ins and outs, like it should instantly be second nature to me. I have unrealistic expectations of what it will be/look like and how I will feel/respond. This sets me up for dissapointment and, potentially, failure. I’m hard on myself when I can’t reach my goals a nano-second after I set out to do them. 

I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and emotional these past couple of weeks. I have been bombarded by new information (loads of paperwork and procedures), a new way of doing pretty-much everything, new schooling for Rhys and Ammie, new living arrangements, a new job, a new neighbourhood…the list goes on and on. I still have to find time to get back to the house to work on packing it up. I don’t remeber a time where I’ve been this busy. My week stacks up and between managing my house, my job, my kids and various other things that I’ve got on the go I haven’t even found time to read one chapter in the book that I’ve been dying to finish reading. I jumped into this and had an expectation of what it was going to be like and how I was going to manage and forgot to allow myself time to adjust. I only realized that this was the problem after a few mental breakdowns and a lot of stressing.

I need to learn how to give myself grace, slow down, ask for help and take a deep breath. This has been a lot of change and it’s okay to feel like it’s been a lot, because it is a lot.

 

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