For me, I sometimes get the feeling that I’m neglecting something, or that achieving this balance is just out of reach.
My faith is important to me as it’s the core of who I am and of everything that I do. Not only does it help me find my way in this troubled world but it causes me to look beyond myself and my circumstances and focus on the needs of others.
No, I’m not perfect…far from it. Yes, I believe everything happens for a reason, even if I don’t like it and never find out what that reason is.
I do believe that we all have a purpose and if we follow God and do our best, then He reveals to us His plan for our lives. That doesn’t mean that it’s easy.
I’ve struggled many times with my faith. I don’t go to church on Sunday, I can’t quote every scripture from the Bible, nor tell you where it’s found. If you judge me by my ‘Christian like’ activities, I’m afraid I’d fail the test.
But I love Jesus. I seek Him the best that I know how…I read my Bible, I talk to Him, I pray for others as well as myself. I love people, and try to help them whenever and however I can. I might not preach the gospel from the roof tops but I try and live a life that shows people goodness, mercy, and the love of Christ.
My family is everything to me. They are my why, and everything I do is for them. Of all the dreams I’ve had and might ever have, being a mother is by far my greatest achievement that brings with it the most excellent reward ever. It’s one of the only things I can think of that can be so overwhelmingly challenging and beautifully fulfilling at the same time.
We tend to take family for granted I think. We get busy in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives and just assume that they’ll always be there, that they’ll wait for us until we have time to give them. It’s easy to do, I know…I’m so guilty of this. “Just let mommy finish this thing I’m doing and I’ll be right there“.
Yes, there should be times that we have to work and get stuff done, but try to limit the time you’re ‘busy’ when your kids are around, especially when they’re vying for your attention. And if you do have to get something done, set clear boundaries, like “Mommy has to work on this for a half hour and then we can play your game”. I find that if my kids know that I’ll be available for them after I complete a task, they’re much more likely to leave me alone while I do it so I can finish it up faster. 🙂
What does freedom mean to you, what comes to mind when you think about freedom?
Is it our great country, or maybe something more personal?
I think deep down we all long for freedom. The freedom to live how we choose, to do what we want, when we want. Freedom in our jobs, our finances, our relationships. Freedom to be who we are and follow our own path, to chase our dreams.
We wait for it, for someone to give it to us, to say that we can have it. Sometimes we even ask for it, and hope and pray that our job, boss, family member or partner will say yes to our request.
Freedom means something different for everyone, and I think we all desire different levels of it.
While for some people just having an extra day off from work on occasion is enough, for others, living a life where freedom is an everyday occurrence is of the upmost importance.
Being able to control your own life, your choices, your destiny…not having to follow the ‘norm’ just because it’s what people do, and the way they’ve always done it.
If you’re in that last category, are you designing a life that gives you more freedom, that precious commodity that we desire and long for?
I hope so, because there’s nothing worse than to feel like you’re constricted, bound, and living a life that’s not meant for you.
It boils down to deciding what you want, and then going for it…doing everything in your power to get there.
Yes, you’ll have to plan…most likely small, actionable steps. And it won’t happen overnight, or all at once (unless you’re like super lucky, which most of us aren’t), but you’ll get there.
Step back and take a look at your life right now…your faith, your family, and your freedom. How are you balancing it all? Do you feel like you’re on the right path, and if not, what steps are you going to take to get there?
I’d love to hear what’s going on with you, please share your thoughts in the comments!
Remember life doesn't have to be perfect to love where you are!