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