My life is moving at such a crazy pace right now that, if I stop and think about it, my head spins.
Our kids are only allowed one sport per year (unless they can go at exactly the same time as another kid) and one instrument, but that is still a lot - especially when you have 8 kids. We only say yes to some parties and field trips. We really try to live a simple life and, compared to most people, we do (although, I try NOT to compare). We have 12 people in our house-my husband and I, our 8 children, and my grandparents. We have special educational needs, special medical needs and appts, high schoolers (enough said), and we are caring for elderly family members. Throw in our adoption ministry and non-profit work, and I have found my self thinking, "I can't take a meal" or "Maybe I should step out of the Christmas Marketplace?" And, the truth is, if I stopped doing these things, no one would fault me.
Even though my life may not look like yours, we often all feel we can't take anything else on. I don't know anyone who sits around saying, "I have soooo much free time, what should I do with it?" Regardless if you have two kids or ten, if you homeschool or send your kids to public school, or if you stay home or work full time, all of us moms tend to easily fill our days. Sometimes with things God is calling us to do, and sometimes with things that really don't matter.
Last year, when I started working out again, I couldn't even do a whole class and I would be so sore afterward, I couldn't move without pain for days. Now, a year later, I might be sore sometimes, but not for days and days like before. I am able to easily finish a class and I get stronger each time, even adding more weight. I can handle more because I worked up to it.
The same is true for our life. With your first child, many moms feel overwhelmed and like there's no way they could handle another. But with each child, our capacity to care for more children grows. Most people couldn't just jump into my life, and back in the early years of motherhood, I couldn't have either. It came a little at a time. I worked up to it. And I feel so blessed that the Lord helped me to say "Yes" to each little thing along the way.
I hope it doesn't sound like a I am bragging (we have all met those people) or complaining about how busy I am. Really, I am preaching to myself and trying to encourage anyone out there in a similar situation. I am being stretched to a new capacity. God called my family to adopt, and we were stretched. God brought us the opportunity to care for my grandparents, and our muscles grew a little stronger. I love the Mother Theresa quotes, "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one" and "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
My favorite Bible verses: "Learn to do good; Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the Fatherless, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17
" For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
Is God calling you to exercise your God muscle and say "Yes" to something?
Only one life,
twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. C.T. Studd