When Your Schedule Screams

I am really enjoying the online bible study of the book Let.It.Go.  This week’s lesson on Chapter 7 When Your Schedule Screams is SO FOR ME!

I don’t think there is a more obvious statement than this: today’s woman leads an extraordinarily busy life. When I lay down with my daughter to watch old episodes of Little House on the Prairie, I am so thankful that hard physical labor, and lack of proper medical treatment are not a part of my everyday life. I do, however, look longingly upon the simplicity of a life that was intensely focused on faith, family, and friends. Although that is certainly our aim in this modern world, we have excessive sources of distractions, unreasonably much to manage, and an exorbitant amount of choices to make. It’s absurd really – the number of choices we encounter just trying to make it through one day. To thrive in our modern world, we often feel the need to tame it.

Being on time and on task gives us a feeling of authority. We’re calling the plays, determining the direction of the day. We feel powerful and important when we are at the helm…

This paragraph particularly spoke to me. As a working mother in a leadership position serving hundreds of people and shouldering lots of responsibility, can I say, this quote just hit me right between the eyes. And of course, the natural inclination is to bring that head honcho approach into the home as well. You know, that’s the way Satan often works. He takes something that is primarily good (that get-it-done, check-it-off-my-list approach), and morphs it into something it’s is not intended to be (tirade).

We also attempt to whip our families and schedules into shape because we feel it’s duly expected of us as the matriarchs of our broods. Moms are supposed to maintain their family’s momentum…

Wow, that reminds me of the books of the eighties, telling us all how to be Super Woman ~ we can ‘have it all’. Many of us feel compelled to accept to every invitation, to meet every deadline, to match every standard the world sets.  Well, been there, done that, and frankly I’m exhausted. Satan has pulled us out of our boundaries by appealing to our egos. Our time would be much better served by selecting a few things to do well. The rest will be there tomorrow, or will not matter in the long run. The author says, the less we are involved in, the less our schedule will scream, and the less stressed out we (and our family) will be.

14 But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God.  15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.  Psalm 31:14-15 AMP

Dear Jesus, please help me to know when it is time to take action and when it is time to let go, when it is time to accept and time to decline. I need Your help in knowing when the family needs consistency and structure, and when they need to see this girl relax and have fun. Father, help me see your plan for me, keep me in balance, and help me let. it. go.

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