Monday, June 6, 2016

Hitting the Button

Hey there friend!!

Does life ever seem to get too busy? And you start to feel stressed and overwhelmed by all there is to do?

Yea, me too. I'm tired of feeling like I've crossed one thing off my ToDo list only to have two more things added.

While praying last week about this and asking the Lord to help me know what to do and how to prioritize or what to give up or put off...... well,  I had an A-ha moment. 

It's not a question of how.

How do I work full time, take care of a home and some of the yard work, blog, quilt, be involved in our church and have time for family stuff? How do I do all the things that need to be done and some of the things I enjoy doing??

A-ha! Guess what? I realized that I can't get it all done.

Ha! I just. Can. Not. It's that simple.

So now what??

I mean sometimes I'm at the point where I want to hit the button....

..... the reject button - and reject anything else anyone asks me to do
..... the panic button - and cry, pull out my hair and eat a whole box of chocolates
..... the eject button - and bail out and hide in my closet

Now that's a pretty sight - crying, half bald, screaming NO!, with chocolate smeared on my face.

Oh my!

What to do??

I'm thinking maybe the best button for me to hit would be the pause button.

The next six to eight weeks my calendar and ToDo list are full and I'll be super busy. {Yes, I do have a calendar and a ToDo list. This gal right here is a bit of an overachiever in the planning dept.}
Honestly, I had thought about closing up my little place in bloggy land. Maybe this whole Sharing Life to Encourage You here at Finding Hope & Joy was only meant to be open for friends to visit for a short time and not forever.  
Was it time to pull up the Welcome mat, shut the blinds and hang up a CLOSED sign?
Even though so far this year I've only been able to post something once a month, it would be one less thing on my list. And I don't know about other bloggers, but it usually takes me quite a bit of time and effort to get my thoughts out and typed. Then proof, retype and repeat. And there's always the task of finding or making a graphic to add for your viewing pleasure.
As I took a look around FH&J, I saw the posts I've started still sitting in "draft" status. Some are a bit dusty from sitting there for over a year. Yikes!
But, something was stirred in me and I know that I still have things to say and share and hopefully encourage you with.
So, I've taken a deep breath and made a decision. I know there are some things in my life right now that must be a priority over blogging. I've prayed and asked the Lord to help me live each day with joy and peace as I keep my focus on Him and His plans for my life.
And yea, that whole idea of sitting on my closet floor, crying and half bald from the stress I feel? That's kinda scary. Though not the chocolate part. Chocolate is never scary.
I think I've figured out what to do when you're stressed to the max and want to hit a button.
Yes, go ahead and hit the button. 
That is, the pause button.
..... pause and take a deep breath
..... pause and pray
..... pause and ask for help
..... pause and reevaluate
For now I'm hitting the pause button on blogging. I hope that some day in the not too distant future I'll find more time to write. Now is not that time.
My home in bloggy land is not going anywhere.  
The Welcome mat is still out. 
I've left the blinds open so you can always stop by, peek in and read some of my past posts.
And I've hung a sign on the front door -
Love ya,  

1 comment:

  1. Another great post with some wonderful advice. We will all be here when you get back.


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