This week here has been about getting summer projects done in a way that keeps up the fun and keeps out the crazy. But what if some of those projects don’t NEED to be done this summer? What if they’re just another excuse not to let ourselves relax?
I can name
more than a few summer projects over the years that I did because I felt guilty “just” relaxing. Instead of recognizing that four kids home for 96 straight days was job enough, I remodeled bathrooms, switched the kids’ rooms, or threw myself in to more writing than I’d committed to in the school year.
It’s taken me a decade to learn how to relax, mostly because of this internal sense of less-than. Only in the past few years have I begun to understand rest, and how summer projects can be done in a way that contributes to joy instead of siphoning it from our hearts.
Can you relate? If so, you will LOVE Alycia Morales’s post here today. A mom, writer, editor, blogger, and occasional homeschooler, she shares 5 important truths that give victory over feeling less-than — this summer and beyond!
After changing the five hundredth diaper, picking up the toys for the three hundred and sixty-fifth time, washing the thousandth dish, and sweeping up yet another dirt pile, I slumped onto the couch and clicked the television on. Surely life was more than the daily routine. Surely God had more for me…
It has taken a long time for God to answer, and for me to rediscover my worth. The answer began with a vision during a woman’s meeting. It grew as I realized my own dreams still mattered to me, and as I listened to a sermon one Sunday morning that revealed the joy I’d lost (and wanted back) in serving my family. And it’s continuing to unfold right now, as I wait on the Lord and experience the wilderness season I’m immersed in.
Here are a few insights I’ve discovered as I’ve sought God’s response.
5 Reasons You and I are More Than
(No matter how “less than” we feel in our everyday roles as wives, mothers, step-mothers, caregivers, teachers, employees, and more.)
1. You are a child of the King. You’re not ordinary.
God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean (Acts 10:28b).
God revealed to Peter that all who are covered by the blood of Jesus are not common — not ordinary. They are part of the royal family, able to receive an inheritance from the Lord.
2. You are chosen. God has hand-picked you for His team.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:9-10).
3. You are fearfully [awe-inspiringly] and wonderfully made.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well (Psalm 139:14).
I know that verse is used so much it tends to feel worn out, but look at it again. God’s works are marvelous. Yet so many times, especially when standing in front of a mirror and looking at our leftover stretch marks, the cellulite divots in our thighs, the crow’s feet around our eyes, we don’t see marvelous. We see used up. Fat. Ugly. Tired. Retired beauty. Our soul doesn’t really know all that well that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, a marvelous work of God. It’s time we remember that and see this verse in its true light.
4. You have purpose. Your life isn’t a mistake. God has a plan to use you in whatever circumstance you find yourself in.
God… has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began (2 Timothy 1:8-9).
We have a holy calling that has nothing to do with us. [And holy means set apart, whole, and healthy!] It’s entirely God’s plan for our lives. It’s up to us to acknowledge it and pursue it, rather than sit on our couches and feel less than.
5. You have talents. God gave you dreams and desires for a reason.
His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’ (Matthew 25:21).
It’s when we allow God to work in our lives through the use of our talents that we find the joy of the Lord. When I heeded God’s call to write for Him, my life filled with a joy I hadn’t experienced in the daily routine of my life as a wife, mother, and home manager. Use your talents. Don’t let them lie dormant on a shelf while abundant and joyful life passes you by.
What speaks loudest to you? What reminds you that you are not ordinary, and that God has so much more for you, in and beyond the daily routine of life?
“I am first and foremost a daughter of the King of Kings. Wife to Victor Morales, Co-minister of Together Ministries, mother of four, step-mom of one. I’m a nationally published author who loves to encourage women in their daily lives and relationships with Jesus. I am Editor of Inspire a Fire.”