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Sep 28 2013

Stepping off of the treadmill of life, as we know it….

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It has been a while since I wrote my last post - but what a blessing it has been to come here tonight and catch up on the comments a few precious ladies left there for me, sharing their thoughts.   Being able to share my heart here with all of you isn’t something I take for granted; it is a blessing and an honor to be able to walk with you in God’s Grace as His Daughters.  Praying my words bring Him glory.

Something has been weighing on my heart so much the last week or so.  I happened to run into a friend tonight, and, after speaking with her, God reminded me of this topic again, prompting my heart to write about it here. As I write, I am praying for the one who is reading and knows that this week’s article is for her.  May you find comfort and hope in these words of God for you.

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Women today are always exhausted and feeling trapped in the busyness of life as we know it.  From the young college student to the young mom with kids in diapers, then from the working mom of busy teens to the empty nester, women, as a whole, are constantly running around keeping up with expectations, tasks, to-do’s, and responsibilities in and out of the home.

We, as a society, do not value down-time and rest; people who carve out time from life where they are unavailable, even on vacation, are the exception rather than the norm.  We are plugged in, stressed out, overwhelmed, and unsure of what is missing from a life of “too much”  – - -

AS Christians we are seeking the Abundant Life, where God is able to do above and beyond what we can ask or imagine.  In dealing with real life – as we know it – some of us are simply praying to be able to make it one more day.  Is there a way out? Up? Around what’s keeping us from “more” with the LORD?  How can we go from the treadmill of a pressured life to the Abundance of what God has promised?

That is the number one question, isn’t it?  I don’t claim to know all of the answers, and I welcome your thoughts and comments below.

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One thing I do know, from painful experience, is that we are not chained to the treadmill; we have the power to step off of it, according to how God leads and directs each one of us in a unique way.   It can be painful learning how to say no or not yet; to wait on making a decision about more responsibility until you seek God in prayer about it may seem odd to you, but what an amazing thing it can be to take a step back from running ahead blindly into something, even a “good” thing, and to truly ask the Lord to help you in this process.

He will help you, as He has helped me.

Peace isn’t found in accomplishment but in us becoming more like Christ.

If you are seeking rest, your heart, soul, and mind desire the rest to be found in a clear conscience and uncluttered living.

Does any of that make sense to you?

I hope that I didn’t lose anyone here.

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At the beginning of my article, I mentioned my friend.  She works full time and has three kids.  She is tired – and is always feeling like she can’t get “it” all done every week.  She doesn’t want to disappoint anyone (her boss, her husband, her kids, her dad) and there is always something that needs to be tended to or cleaned.  (The life of a modern mom, isn’t it?)

I do not know the answer to the specific needs in her life or how to fix her need for less to do – but my heart goes out to her and to other women who share the same challenges.  I remember when the treadmill was going so fast I was awake almost 18+ hours a day working hard to fit it all in and get it all done….  I am still tempted to overbook myself and take on more than I can do each day.

It’s such a process  – and I am still in this process myself.

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If you are a woman running as fast as she can but running out of strength and hope as the treadmill of life seems to be going more and more out of control, take a moment to remember a few things:

  1. You are loved for WHOSE you are, not by what you do.
  2. God wants to help you slow down – ask Him to show you how.
  3. Allow yourself to rest and not feel guilty about taking time to take care of yourself.

 

I barely scratched the surface tonight with this topic, but I pray that God speaks between the lines and you hear His voice more than anything else.

I hope to encourage us to start a conversation about this – I am here to encourage you and pray for you.  Please let me know if you need support.

Do not fear the future: He will be with you and has promised to provide for every need as you look to Him to be your provider.

 

Thankful for His Grace – to God always be the Glory!

Gina Marie

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Gina Marie

Gina is thankful to be on the journey of Hope to be found in the LORD and His Word. She is blessed to be married to her precious husband Randy and to be the full-time homeschooling mom of three kids: one teen girl, one pre-teen girl, and one son still in the single digits. Her days are full and she is always trying to keep up with the details, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she isn't writing here, you can find her at http://ginaweeks.wordpress.com/.

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  • shannonwallace

    Oh how I needed to read this! Amen!! I’m trying to get into a season of solitude where I seek His will over mine. Looking forward to reading more of your thoughts!

    • Gina Marie

      Dear Shannon – - I am so sorry that I haven’t been able to respond to you until now. Your comments on these posts have really blessed my heart. I am praying for God to continue to lead and guide you into this blessed season of rest and solitude in your life. To GOD be the Glory, my dear sister.

      Be blessed,

      Gina Marie