Many of us live busy lives. Juggling work, relationships, marriage, carpool schedules, and making sure our children is no easy feat. Even in the midst of the hustle and bustle, many women have found themselves feeling stuck, insignificant, and disengaged with their own lives.
I understand the importance of being present in our jobs and for our families. I have a family myself and I know that my primary call in life is to be a wife and a mother. However, I’ve come to realize that it’s also important that we never lose touch with our own heart’s passions and desires in life. When we lose connection with ourselves, it’s easy to begin to feel stuck and unmotivated. Here are three keys that I have found to be helpful in those times:
- Find Your Passion: The Bible tells us that we were all made in the image of God. God is full of passion, love, and drive! When He created us, He placed difference passions inside us all that are a direct reflection of what is in His heart. An easy way to discover your passion is to reflect on what moves you. Maybe you feel a burning in your heart when you see friends with struggling marriages. Maybe you feel justice stirred up when you hear stories of children and girls stuck in sex trafficking. Perhaps you really come alive when you’re talking about raising children to know the Lord. Whatever makes you feel alive inside is more than likely what God has placed in your heart! I encourage you to go after it!
- Have a Hobby: Life is meant to be fun and enjoyed! As children, we grew up with the natural instinct to have fun! Whether it was taking time to color, play outside, draw, or paint, we just knew to do it! It’s not until we grow older that we begin to overlook the need for fun in our lives and months, even years, can go by without us making time to have fun! It’s vital for our emotional health that we are taking the time to do something that brings life to our souls. For me, I feel rejuvenated after an intense spin class or a day out by the pool with my husband.
- Be Thankful: Thankfulness and gratitude are keys to breakthrough in life. In Matthew 14, we read about when Jesus feed 5000 hungry followers with just two loaves of bread and two fish. What I find fascinating is that Jesus could have just commanded the food to multiply on it’s own. However he took the time to give thanks before doing so. Having a thankful heart helps position our lives for the Lord to perform miracles. Take time every day to find at least three things that you are grateful for and make your thankfulness known to God
I encourage you to take time for yourself in the midst of your busy life! Truth be told, you’re relationships with others will actually flourish because of it.