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Today is a Gift

(I am on a scrapbooking retreat but wanted to leave this post, published first in January of this year, as encouragement for today.)

Do you ever feel like you are drowning?

Losing yourself in your kids or your job or your home or the demands on your life?

For me, since our adoption it has been losing “me” in the craziness and trials of discovering and meeting the needs of my wounded children while trying to maintain and be present for my bio children, husband, elderly parents (now passed away), extended family, friends. Often it has just been too much. I can not be everything to everyone. God doesn’t ask or want me to be what only God himself can be.

How do you set limits? How do you prioritize your day? How do you keep from losing yourself in everyone else?

I believe I am to die daily to my dreams and my desires in order to surrender to God’s plans and desires for my life. That doesn’t mean that all I am is a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend. I am all those things and MORE. Wrapped up in all those titles are interests and hobbies, joys and trials, experiences and vision.

I am a complicated woman. So are you.  As I work out who I am and what God is doing in my life I am rediscovering and renewing my love and passion for many things.

writing
scrapbooking
decorating
thrifty living
reading
connecting with other women
photography

mentoring

But at the center of it all is God. Without that focus it is just “a chasing of the wind.” (Eccl. 1:14)

I am content in this life God has given me.

It is a gift.

Each day is a precious package to be unwrapped and savored and enjoyed.

I hope you will join me for the journey.

Linking with: Hip Homeschool Moms, Growing Home, Far Above Rubies, Time-Warp Wife, Thankful Homemaker, 3 Boys and a Dog, Mercy Ink

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  1. Why do we have to live on opposite sides of the country? Your list . . . is my list. Kindred Spirits, for sure. :)

    Hope your scrapbooking retreat is WONDERFUL!

    Hugs!

    Laurel :)

    • Oh, Laurel, why, indeed, do we live on opposite ends of the country? We are surely kindred spirits. Maybe one day, in God’s good timing, our paths will cross. I hope you are having some blessed rest (if you can ever rest with all those kids :)!

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