Tuesdays Unwrapped

“Just say NO”

I remember this slogan from a drug awareness week in 5th grade.  I’m much older than 5th grade now, but somedays, I still need to wear that red ribbon to remind me it’s a good thing to say no to life’s extras.  “No,” although a negative answer, can be a very good thing.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

I repeated this verse many, many times in 2010 when I was working on slowing down and simplifying.  Now that we are almost to the last month in 2011 I need a wake up call.  “Know” and “no” are obviously different words even though they sound the same.

I’m being called to be still.

HE says “know that I am God”

Jehovah-Shalom — The Lord our Peace.  When my schedule is full, when I’m weighed down by deadlines and extra outside responsibilities, peace is NOT what I feel.

I’m learning to say “no” more often to things that come knocking on my door. (or to my inbox)  While I was at the Relevant ’11 conference I heard the quote said a few times that went something like this: Saying yes to an email means saying no to someone in your house.  Although I have a husband, a 4 year old, and a 2 year old I still consider myself a new mom.  (I’m not sure when I won’t be new, every stage and step along the way will be new to me.)  I wasn’t in the session where this phrase was said, but I’ve been pondering it since I heard it in October.  Right now I know I need to say no so I can be here, be present for my children.

I will always have 24 hours in my days, but I won’t always have 24 hour days with these two precious little ones.  Litte ones who wake up from their nap and just want to cuddle on my lap wrapped in a blanket or be so excited to tell me all about bats.  (And then try to demonstrate how they hang up side down!)

I want to do my best to guard my time, my extracurriculars, and not let others make me feel guilty for not doing more.

I’m going to say no more often.
I’m going to rest in Him and know He is God.
I’m not going to feel guilty for giving my family my time first.
I’m giving thanks that I’m able to stay home and be mom.

I’m linking up with Emily’s Tuesdays Unwrapped

tuesdays unwrapped at cats

I’m also linking up with Conny and her 30 Days of Thanks project
30 Days of Thanks: 28-29

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  • Kristen McGaughey

    Exactly where I’m at, too. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the encouragement!

  • Anonymous

    This is beautiful!!! I’m right there with ya!!

  • Conny

    I love these thoughts, Sarah. I too have said NO a lot lately … and I’m finding that at our church right now, the attitude seems to be that being busy “serving” = godliness – but I’m not buying it! My family is #1 after God, then ministry falls into place after them. These years with our children are SO fleeting – my son turned 13 a few months ago & reality is that I only have him in my home MAYBE 4-5 more years!! That will be gone before I know it – I want to cherish EVERY moment with each of my kids.

    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      Church is the hardest for me! Ours is always in need of helpers and volunteers. We have several areas and ministries I would LOVE to be involved in, they are right up my alley! BUT I think they might be something I can do later, down the road. Maybe. I’m going with ‘less is more’ for now.

  • http://twitter.com/emilychats emily freeman

    yes, this. our yes’s always come carrying a no. You say this so well – thanks so much for linking up! Your family is absolutely stunning.

    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      Thank you! This meme is really making me slow down and pay attention to the details of my regular every day. Thanks for hosting it!!

  • http://www.ordinaryinspiratons.blogspot.com Traci Michele
    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.reallifestories.net Alison@reallifestories.net

    Hi Sarah, This is a great reminder. Another one that needs to go on my frig! I need to say “No” to the evening news, checking my reader, even cooking dinner, so I can say ‘yes’ to my precious ones too. Visiting from Tuesdays Unwrapped

    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m so behind in my reader since I’ve been saying “no”… and I’ll admit sometimes I just “mark all as read” and it feels SO good! Hope you have a great weekend enjoying your precious ones!!

  • http://www.deniseinbloom.com Denise In Bloom

    This is a beautiful post Sarah, and oh so true! Saying NO takes practice, and you have learned well. You will never reget it either. Blessings to you sweet sister!

    • http://sarah-proverbs226.blogspot.com/ Sarah Ronk

      Thank you! It’s still a daily thing I need to remind myself. It’s so easy to slip my arm up and say “I’ll do it!” when something needs done. (My hand used to be a magnet to the ceiling!)