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Okay, it’s time to write!
This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: ROUTINE
I feel like there’s a common theme that keeps creeping into my Five Minute Friday posts almost every week . . . the constant struggle of being too busy.
I also keep thinking I need to get my hands on that book, Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington (<– affiliate link) — but if the people who need that message the most are really so busy, then how will they find time to read it? 😉
But the biggest thing that keeps nagging at my insides is that much of this busyness is self-inflicted, you know?
We’re doing this to ourselves.
My husband keeps threatening in jest to pull the kids out of school, sell all of our possessions, and buy an RV to travel around the U.S. and homeschool for at least a year. 🙂 He says that way we won’t be so busy all the time, plus we would get to see some pretty amazing places . . .
How do you break the busy cycle in your own life?
Do you have certain safeguards in place to ensure that you maintain some semblance of balance?
Do you have specific criteria to help you determine what you say “yes” to and which tasks or requests get an automatic “no”?
I’m reminded of a talk I heard a while back, about the importance of asking God every day to reveal what He wants us to accomplish that day.
Psalm 90:17 comes to mind: “… Establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.”
Let’s ask the Lord to establish the work of our hands, amen?
** Updated to add: I wrote the above post on Thursday afternoon and scheduled it to go live while I was at my kids’ school function because, well, as I said, we’re busy.
But I just have to share what God did for me at the school function.
Singer and songwriter Jonny Diaz performed at the event, and in the middle of his set list, he sang his song, Breathe — and it was exactly the message I needed to hear after writing this post. Here it is, in case you need it, too:
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Isn’t God incredible. Just breathe! xo
Kate – thank you for sharing the song! It is beautiful! “Come & rest at My feet” Yes, a much needed invitation and perfect as we enter this Easter week.
(sigh) That word alone always helps me to relax. I’m so glad you got that moment to be in the presence of God. I agree with Kasigo. Go RV and write about it.
Enjoyed the Breathe song that you shared. After staying with my daughter and her 3 children I am reminded of the season with young children and it’s busy-ness. Starting the day with prayer helps.
BTW I have started reading your book and I am totally engaged!
I like this idea of “breaking busy”. I am currently trying to break being “all over the place” going from diapers and reading a book to my toddler to doing dishes to writing part of a blog post…I need a routine or more of a structure of what to do when during the day…its hard to find balance!
Kate- great post and it is so true- we do it (busyness) to ourselves. Regarding your husband’s idea, not bad, actually 😉 . . .
Thank you for hosting this prompt, dear Kate.
Blessings on your book launch ~ Wendy Mac
I enjoy your article. I make time to relax from my projects routine. I have a very busy schedule and I enjoy staying busy. To me it is important to set aside time to be still. At my age and without children at home, I find easier to take a mental vacation from my busyness and community outreach projects. That is the most important part of my routine.
Kate, this is Barbara.
Routine in chaos and unpredicted health crisis is a must. One is mostly slung into a routine. Not really a chosen routine but more inflicted, both the terminally ill and caregiver(s).
So how do I say no to all the things that could push their way ahead of my responsibiliies. Actually, I was trained very well by my parents. As a kid I thought they were stingy, but they were training themselves and their children along the way.
First: if the activity is a drain on your monthly resources. Don’t Do it. Resources are money, time, personal rejuvenation of yourself & family.
Second, If you did something similar requiring time commitment and failed being consistent. Don’t Do It.
Third, does the activity have lasting life benefits. Is the activity another selfish want but not a life giving need. Don’t Do It.
Fourth, if you have doubts or feel uncomfortable after answering 1-3 positively, then self examination is important. This one I learned on my own. As a natural introvert, public activity especially alone scares me. So I must ask myself, what are my other reasons for saying No? More times then none it’s my inner insecurity. I have a fella that totally sees thru my excuse facade and pushes my envelope, supporting me every fearful step. Sometimes the uncomfortable feeling is a God warning and also needs examination.
Thank you for adding the song, It’s being shared.
I actually know a family that did the RV/homeschool thing for a year. There were moments when they all wanted to kill each other, but overall the experience was one that they loved.
Boundaries are difficult. I’m in a season of not really knowing what’s next – in writing, in ministry, in anything. I’m tempted to say “yes” to whatever comes up, but then I might miss whatever it is that God has for me. So I’m trying to be mentally and emotionally still, which I’m not good at in any way, because I know that’s the only way I’ll hear His voice.