The day after Halloween and my final fear…
Fear #3-Excusing my life away.
I love to talk about seasons. Life seasons.
When the boys spend 90% of their day fighting-“It’s a season.”
When Jeremy and I haven’t had a date in weeks-“It’s a season.”
When I fill my journal with questions to God-“It’s a season.”
Acknowledging life’s seasons gives me peace and stamina. But it also gives me excuses. The biggest one-Not doing the things God has gifted me in because I’m in the throes of parenting.
Let me be clear: Parenting calls for sacrifice. I would gladly accept a week of solitary confinement to write a book. But that’s not possible. Not in this season. But is it an excuse not to try? No. Will it take me longer? Yes. Might I have to stay up later at night? Possibly.
But a season of life given by God isn’t an excuse for not pursuing the promptings of God.
Emily Freeman recently released her newest book A Million Little Ways. We did a book study on one of her previous books Grace for the Good Girl. This new one is super good. I must have highlighted half of it!
Here are 2 quotes that spoke directly to this fear:
*”It’s time to live as though we believe we have something to offer.”
*”I don’t believe there is one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life.”
What are the things I believe God has gifted me to do?
Are there ways I can do those now no matter what season of life I’m in?
Do I trust Him to glorify Himself through me even on the days I sport pajamas til noon?
He has plans…good plans! May my fears and excuses become gravel for boldness and grace!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)