Since moving home to Florida, I’ve had the privilege of reconnected with many old friends and making some incredibly new ones. One of those is a fellow Mama who was kind enough to share some words of wisdom to all of us, mothers or not….
Just “Be” Don’t Do by Jenna
I don’t know about you, but I like to accomplish tasks through out my day. I struggle with “doing” everything I want to do in a day. I recently made a big life change and left a ”very” full time job and moved in with my 100 year old Granny in Fl to be her care giver and raise my nearly 3 year old daughter. I was ready for a change and was in great need to remove nearly everything from my plate.
I am striving to simplify my life (this is a constant action), do what God wants and has planned for my life and enjoy each moment. I get distracted, I get caught up in the American rat race and get sucked into the quick instant now of everything…and I detest that. Even with my life change, I found myself again trying to fill my days with tasks…yes good tasks that needed to be done…house cleaning, laundry, dishes, organizing, cooking, errands, etc. I found myself getting frustrated if I couldn’t complete a task in my timeline when I wanted to.
Anxiety started to creep up and I was getting stressed. I love my life and being able to spend every moment with my daughter. I needed to start letting things go. In a peaceful moment (literally 10 minutes of alone time) on the beach I prayed and “just be, don’t do” immediately popped into my head. A tear trickled down my cheek, as those were the exact words I needed to be placed in my heart. Since that moment I changed little things in my day-to-day life. I stopped rushing. I have focused on spending more quality time with my daughter and I have seen that I can still get my weekly needed tasks done.
It’s funny how God will provide little pockets of time to do those things. Releasing that to Him has been so good for me. I say I want Him to lead my life, but sometimes I think I mean that in the big things and not the little things. I truly want Him to lead my life in EVERYTHING. Journeying through this, the Mary/Martha story keeps coming to mind. And it has resonated with me in a whole new way. (Luke 10:38-42) I find it funny that Martha is so upset with Mary not helping her that she tattles to Jesus and tells him to make Mary help her. His response to this is “ Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice and it will not be taken from her.” Mary was peaceful, focused and faithful. Martha was distracted, busy and anxious. I am sure the meal was still prepared and enjoyed. And its ok that it wasn’t perfect and on the table at 6pm. Maybe Martha then took a moment to sit with Mary and Jesus. Maybe that moment was an hour and they didn’t get to eat their meal till 7:30. And you know what? That’s OK.
I would choose that…to eat later and be filled with a peaceful heart, than to eat earlier filled with an anxious heart. What about you? Are you allowing Jesus to lead your life and being a true disciple? Or are you allowing distractions to lead your life? I encourage you to take a step back and evaluate your life and your tasks and pray for peace, faith and be open as God leads you to live the life He has planned for you!