In part 1, I shared how God opened my eyes to my feeble attempt to meet my needs for approval, significance, and love by being involved in lots of activities, projects and organizations. It was then that He called me to a Commitment Fast.
In part 2, I shared my struggle for finding my identity apart from my busy-ness and leadership roles. I also exposed the real amount of time my commitments were taking, including the “mind-time” they were stealing from God and my family.
Now I’d like to celebrate the good work God has done in me these past 18 months. I am living a life I once aspired to, but felt was unrealistic–relaxed and full of gratitude. Full of plenty of free time to make waffles and swim with the kids; plenty of time to play Gin Rummy and Monopoly with my wonderful, if competitive, husband; plenty of time to braid my daughter’s hair and read Speed Racer to my son. Most importantly, plenty of time to invest in the relationships God has place in my life in this season; to sow and reap their fruits.
I have a sign placed prominently in my home that says, “Relax. It doesn’t get much better than this.” It doesn’t, really. Despite lay-offs, health issues, floods, and dirty diapers, my life is a gift I’d ask for over and over again. I am finally on the road the Lord has gone before to clear for me.
* If you’ve been touched by this series, please drop me a note. If you have any questions or need prayer, email me. The Lord has pruned me not only for myself but for the others He has placed in my life–including you, Dear One.