Monday, June 10, 2013
Overcome the Lie
Life is full. I am grateful to have a career I love, an incredibly supportive husband, dear friends and be part of a church community that loves and challenges me.
Most days are hectic. Whether it's going to work and then community group, spending a Saturday doing housework and running errands or going to church, a bar-b-que and coming home to walk the dog, I find myself out of breath more than I want to admit.
If I look at the past few weeks, the miles we've covered and the people we have spent time with, I am so grateful. But I also realize life is a juggling act. My husband balances a 35 hour-a-week job, a 10 hour a week internship and a full course load in seminary, all while working on various home improvement projects to our 90+ year old home. I work full-time, volunteer at church and try to keep up with the house.
And we're about to add a baby to the mix. I find myself wondering how we will manage. Will there be a pause button or will we crumble under the weight of it all?
Thankfully, we are not alone. I know there will be some bumps along the road and we will not get things right on the first, second or third try. But God's grace abounds and His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
As a 30-something American woman, I am not alone in feeling there is a lot to balance and wondering if there is another way than the often exhausting pace of life we live. There are certainly things I could cut out and I have gotten better about saying no, but I am encouraged to know my hope is not in myself or the next cup of coffee.
By remembering God grants mercy with each new day, I am encouraged. In the hard moment of saying no to a good thing, I know there is also good in slowing down. I can overcome the lie that a successful and happy life consists of a full schedule.
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