Monday, September 16, 2013

Taking My Own Medicine

Have I mentioned before how precious my daughter is?
She loves God with her whole heart and wants to do all things to please Him. She gives her best to everything she does. And she has a hard time saying "No" to good things/opportunities to serve. I've no idea from whom she gained that tendency. *ahem!*
The thing is, when you couple all that with a young lady who strives for all A's in school, who has a big test coming up, who needs to be working on college applications, and who is trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with her Beau, you end up with a stressed out little lady.

I have often talked with Elizabeth about the need to discern which things are necessary, and which can be put off or forgotten all together. We've discussed the fact that such discernment is a valuable skill to develop in life. It can keep a person from going completely crazy!
So the other night when she was asking for input on whether she should babysit for someone for three hours Saturday (She could use the money. It would help the people who need a sitter. She loves the little girls. It was "only" three hours. BUT It would be another thing on her "to do" list. She could utilize that three hours doing homework or studying for her test or filling out college aps... And, it would really be more like 3 1/2 - 4 hours by the time she figured in travel time and preparation.) I was about to tell her what I thought would be best for her to do. But I caught myself and instead asked her a question.

"What would make you feel less stressed?"

Because I knew babysitting was one of those things which didn't fit into the "necessity" category, and I wanted to help her find the freedom to choose what would be best for her.
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So, why am I telling you this story? Because I realized I needed to take my own medicine.
As I am faced with a lot of things to do (No college aps for me, thank you!) and my time is limited, I realize that taking a brief blog break will make me feel less stressed.
This blog is a good thing.
I love writing.
And I love knowing that God uses some of the things I say to encourage and inspire you!
BUT, I realize it doesn't fit into the "necessity" category, and right now it would be best for me (and my family!) if I step back for a bit.
Not sure how much time I'll need, but if God says the same, I'll be back!

Karen

4 comments:

happyhome said...

Praying your time away fills you with rest, joy and perspective. Love your blog, but yes, family and all that goes with it is far more important. Hugs!

Kaira said...

Yesterday's sermon was timely, wasn't it! I'll miss your blogging, but I think this is very good for you as you seek to de-stress your days a bit. Enjoy!

Sara K. said...

Hi Karen! Ahhh, such good advice you give! Interesting when it comes back and stares you in the face, eh? :) I've had that happen too. :) I hope your "blogging break" is productive AND refreshing! God is good and His ways are definitely best. Hugs to you, friend! :)

Shannon Baker said...

It sounds like an interesting series. I will check it out

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