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If you feel burned out and rarely have time for yourself, read this:

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I have a confession to make. I’ve been struggling with something for a while.

It’s called EXHAUSTION.

I don’t seem to have enough hours in my days.

Not enough time to write or work or read or rest. Not enough time for God or my family or friends. And definitely not enough time for sleep and exercise … or for myself. To just do something for me.

My brain feels fried. And my body is starting to feel burned out.

And I’m wondering if it’s just me, or is there a bigger epidemic among women?

It hit me when I was recently asked two questions and didn’t have good answers. But I also couldn’t think of many women who do. Here are the Qs:

How good are you at taking time for yourself? Do you block out regular time to do things you enjoy that aren’t for work, for your family or for ministry, things that refresh your soul, refuel your heart or relax your brain? 

If those two questions had been a quiz with hours I listed determining my score, I would have failed.

I have a habit of minimal-me-time and bad-self-care, and it feels like I’ve struggled for a lifetime. God knows I need to change. And God knows I want to get better at working less and “enjoying” more.

And maybe, you’ve been feeling that way too?

What if we decided to spend our lives differently? What if there was a better way? What if someone showed us how to find hidden pockets of time in our busy days and doing something for ourselves without feeling guilty? I know…

  • I’d be less stressed and more fun to be around.
  • I’d get better the life and gifts God’s given me.
  • My family would get a happier “me”.

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But I can’t figure this out on my own. I need someone who is good at this to show me how and that’s why I was SO HAPPY when I got my copy of  The Fringe Hours that just released this week. This book feels like a life-raft God is using to help me find my way to shore. 

Jessica Turner has written a beautiful message every woman needs with tools and strategies every woman can use. She shares why it’s important we take time for ourselves and the most common reasons we don’t (based on a survey of 2500 women). Then she shows us how to find fringe hours we all have but rarely use for ourselves through simple, doable ideas and strategies she’s discovered as a busy working woman, mom, blogger and creative. 

Buy-Now-ButtonIf you ever wished you had more time to ENJOY the life you’ve been given, Jessica can help you find it and use it abundantly for what matters most to you!  CLICK HERE to get a copy ON SALE at Amazon.

If you’re not sure it’s a book for you, be sure to read the reviews on Amazon. It just released this week and within 3 days it was a #1 best-seller. The reviews are from woman of all walks of life and it’s been amazing to read how it’s impacting them all.

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Because {YOU} are His

Startled by the silence, I shot up in bed and searched for blurry neon red lights that confirmed it was three in the morning, time to feed the baby. But Andrew, our then newborn son, hadn’t made a sound. Was something wrong? Or was he actually sleeping through the night?

Wavering between panic and joy, I felt my way down the hall to the nursery and leaned over my sweet baby’s crib. Listening for the sound of his breathing, I carefully rested my hand on his tiny chest to feel the gentle rhythm of its rising and falling.

Moonlight slipped through the blinds, helping me see he was perfectly fine.

Most sane mothers would have gone back to bed, but not me. I stood there for a while watching over and delighting in my child. 

I desperately needed sleep. And I should have gone back to bed knowing Andrew might wake up any minute. But my desire to be with him erased all logic. I wanted to savor this quiet moment and overwhelming sense of love I felt for this little guy who set my days in motion with his cries and smiles.

Andrew developed a routine of sleeping through the night soon after, yet there were nights when I’d still sneak into his room because I wanted to be with him. To watch over him. And then I’d tiptoe into his big brother Joshua’s room and watch him slumber, too.

Looking at my children’s faces, I’d sometimes imagine the boys God was shaping them to become and I’d ask Him to calm their fears, fulfill their dreams, and establish their steps to follow His.

My sons are seventeen and nineteen now, but sometimes I go in their rooms to pray over them and watch them sleep. They aren’t doing anything to make me feel proud or happy. In fact, they may have even driven me to my wit’s end that day, but it doesn’t matter. I delight in them because they are mine.

Zephaniah 3:17  reminds us that God feels the exact same way about you and me.

“For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”(NLT)

I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded that God wants to be with me.  He loves to watch over me – and {YOU}. Not because we are doing anything for Him, but simply because we are His.

Right now, in this moment, HE is watching over you with His love. He is there to quiet your fears, insecurities, and doubts each day….

KEEP READING HERE => I’m sharing more about God’s love for us over on the (in)Courage blog. I’d love for you to join me there and share your thoughts!