Thursday, July 10, 2008

Help! I can't say no!

Proverbs 10:11,12
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

This week without Jason has been a whirlwind. I have once again over-committed myself. I never intend to do it. When I say yes, I think to myself, that one thing is not hard. So I have a terrible time seeing everything together. Rather, I see only one thing I've agreed to on its own. I need help! This week I had homeschool training (CC), a baby shower, a bridal shower, and no Jason to give me some time to get my stuff done.

I am so thankful Jason comes home on Sunday. I fear he is going to walk in the door and I'm going to hit the ground running to get ready for the bridal shower. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining. I really do all these things with a joyful heart, I just feel like I'm managing my time poorly. Especially this week without the help of Jason, I realize how poorly I do everything without him. But I look at that last sentence. I also need to be careful to not let Jason rescue me when I'm over-committed.

I hate to say no. I hate to disappoint. But after this week I see how it takes away from my time with the kids when I'm running around doing all the little things. It challenges my kindness when I'm rushed all the time. Fortunately, I have an amazing church that regularly offers help. But my two closest friends at church are like me. You know who you are. All of us stay very busy with the work of church. I realize my work is not my relationship with the Lord, but I still can't say no.

What say you?


thehomespunheart said...

I did not go to EL, but worked at the Glen for several years. Jack McQueeney was my boss and Craig was on the leadership team, so we worked closely as well! Small world!

I'm sorry the corners on your bag aren't working out - e-mail me if I can help.


Elise said...

I say you have to know when to say no. I have a dear friend, who when they were with a different church, they were always so busy. Things, that she thought, and I guess to some degree, are good things, but if your family suffers or doesn't see Jesus in you, are not such good things after all. Not sure if that exactly pertains to your situation or not. I used to be a 'yes girl' but have learned that I cannot do everything I want to do. And its okay. Its just not the right season.
Hope you find rest...

A place to find encouragement to love your little ones, your husbands and those you come in contact with daily. Two does not have to be terrible. These are years to grow not simply get through!