To the Mom Who Feels Bad For Being Too Busy

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BUSY ISN’T ALWAYS BAD.

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post titled Busy Women Welcome Here. Why? Because it seems like, especially in Christian circles, there are a whole lot of blog posts and books telling us we need to create margin, slow down, and do less — but not a lot of places to be encouraged when we’re in those very real seasons of busy. And, here’s what else I know, in fact, it’s the next important truth about Lopsided Living.

Yep, you read that right! Do we need margin? Yes. Is rest important? Of course. But when we look at Scripture, we cannot ignore the very real examples of people who were busy.  Jesus, the Proverbs 31 woman, Ruth, and Paul immediately come to mind for me.

When we are busy doing the right things, it’s good! Last July, I wrote about why I’m not apologizing any more for being busy, why I refuse to let the enemy or even well-intentioned bloggers or authors make me feel the weight of condemnation or guilt that isn’t mine:

And, that, my friend, is what really matters.  Over the next two weeks, my schedule is ridiculous. It really is. I have a book manuscript to finish, this blog series to complete, four other writing assignments due, and at least three books I need to review. Not to mention the laundry and meals, church obligations, and somehow managing to actually interact at least with my husband and daughter.

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You know why I’m not berating myself — because these things I’m doing are kingdom work!

They are important and they are the tasks God has given me for this season. Not just the writing, but even more, the provision and care for my family. This is the place I am. Teenagers and husbands in ministry equal crazy schedules. Aging family members who need more support create additional responsibilities. Mentoring and investing in other believers takes time.

Am I getting it all right? Nope! There are days and even weeks when I take on too much. And when that happens, I learn from it and ask God to give me wisdom to know when to stop and when to quit adding.

That’s why today I want to offer you this as your simple way to embrace Lopsided Living:

Remember this verse, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Here’s the thing, only you can know what the Lord is whispering to you. Only you can sense if He’s saying, “Pull back some” or if He’s leading you to step into a new season or a bigger responsibility or simply embrace the interruptions that can make your day more hectic.

Living lopsided,

Teri Lynne

This article originally appeared here.


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Teri Lynne Underwood
Teri Lynne Underwood is a pastor’s wife, ministry speaker, and Bible teacher. As the founder of www.PrayersforGirls.com, Teri Lynne is a cheerleader for girl moms and the author of Praying for Girls: Asking God for the Things They Need Most.