Friday, May 10, 2013

the balancing act {my mother's day message}

how do you balance everything?!?!

it's the question i get asked most often as a mom.
it's also one of the biggest lessons i have learned since having children.

5 years ago when we were preparing for the birth of our first child - life was full.  i laugh at myself when i consider my naivety in thinking i would just add kids into the mix...no big deal.  as if they would just be one more ingredient in this life that i was cooking up.

it didn't take me long to figure out that i wasn't going to add lucy to any existing dish.  she was going to demand a culinary creation of her own and it seemed she would settle for nothing less than being the main course.  one by one the other parts of my life became something i might nibble on every now and then but mostly they never made it onto my plate.  it was then that God began to shift my view of balance and lead me to the freedom found not in doing a little bit of everything but in doing a lot with the big things.  

some of the most profound lessons i have learned about balance have been found in a somewhat unlikely place...the life of a man who lived over 2000 years ago and changed a nation by building a wall.  

his name was nehemiah.

this sunday i will share the lessons i have learned from the life of nehemiah and how they apply to anyone who is trying to figure out this balancing act of life.  if you are looking for somewhere to spend this mother's day sunday i would love for you to join us at new charlotte!