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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. 

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Because {YOU} are His

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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!

Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS

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God’s been showing me how much I rely on my own strength and strategies to do His will. It’s one thing for me to really sense God’s direction but it’s a whole other thing when I think I know where He’s leading me to go AND I know how to get there.

My ways are wearing me out, and the stress and strain of life and ministry are catching up with my husband. Let’s just say my journal and my Bible are damp with tears. And my heart is deeply convicted.

But, can I be honest? I’m also afraid. Afraid I won’t change. Afraid I don’t know how to change. 

Letting go leaves me feeling completely out of sorts. Yet I know God wants my best, which means He needs my obedience. He can only give me what I’m willing to receive.

Last week I started asking Him to teach me how to trust Him more, and I landed in the book of Joshua. There I found a brave and obedient man called by God into unfamiliar territory.  I’ve always thought Joshua was so naturally BRAVE. But this time I underlined how many times God told Joshua to BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS before Joshua even packed his bags.

Before Joshua accepted the job, God was giving Him a pep talk. And the only reason I can figure out why God would say the same thing three times, is because He must have known Joshua might forget what he needed to remember most. Or maybe He was saying it for me. Because gosh I need to hear it more than once:

“After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.

No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

Be STRONG and very COURAGEOUS. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Have I not commanded you? Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:1-9, NIV

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Sometimes I forget…

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Sometimes I forget.

I get wrapped up in all the Christmas-giving and forget to unwrap the gift of Immanuel, God with me.

In all the rush I forget my need for His soul-calming hush. But I want to remember.

I want to unwrap not only the gift God gives but the gift He {is}.

His presence is the present I need most. And so I quiet my thoughts and whisper a prayer, asking Jesus to create a quiet space, a dwelling place for His presence in the manger of my heart…

Join me over at (in)Courage today, where I’m sharing a prayer I wrote for our hearts at Christmas. I’d love to pray for you, too. See you there.

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Here’s what I did:

  • I found an small old wooden box JJ loved and fill it with personalized Bible promises.
  • I typed up our favorite encouraging verses, put his name in each verse. printed them out, cut them up individually and filled the box. I loved picturing him reading God’s words personalized just for him. For instance, Jeremiah 29:11, “JJ, I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.”
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When My Sunday Heart Dreads the Monday Hurry {a promise & a prayer}

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7, NLT

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As I look at the week ahead, Lord, my mind is crowded with thoughts and things.
Competing thoughts fight for my attention; cutting in front of each other to be first in line.
Too many things on my to-do list that feel urgent; tempting me to neglect what is most important.

Jesus, I want You to be first in line, leading my days and decisions.
When concerns consume me and worry comes, hel[ me pause and tell You what I need and
thank YOU for what You have already done. I long for Your peace to surpass my understanding,
and for Your promises to guard my heart and my mind as I live in {and follow after} You.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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