Christian. Wife. Mother. Homemaker. Missionary.

These words are my definition- in order of priority. My role is that of a servant, a helpmate, a teacher, a caregiver, and an evangelist. This is no insignificant list. In fact, just reading the description of what I am supposed to be to those that God has given me is intimidating and overwhelming. In and of myself, I can do nothing. My strength and abilities come only from the very throne of God... the throne that He commands us to come to boldly to receive mercy and grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Today I am struggling to figure out how the "me" fits into this definition. I have so many creative passions within me that are itching to burst out. Perhaps in a 56 hour day I would find time to sweep & mop the house twice, cook & clean up 3 meals, teach & play with my daughter, show love to my husband, wash-hang-take down-put away laundry, read the Word & pray, study spanish, complete my ministry projects, and still have time to sew burp cloths for my best friend's new baby, add pages to Anna's scrapbook, work on a blog design, take the "photoshop for artestry" tutorial I've been eyeing, and begin a new quilt.

Striking the balance is the key- I'm sure of it. I just can't seem to figure out how to strike the balance. Oh Lord, please help me to find that perfect balance. My greatest desire is to be a good and faithful servant, and to be a wise steward of that which You have given me to do. Your Word declares that I should ask for wisdom... please pour it out upon me. The Proverbs 31 woman was a regular gal, and she managed to fulfill her role and find time for industrious hobbies. I have much to learn from this godly christian, wife, mother, homemaker & evangelist.

She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also and he praises her:
'Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.'
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:27-30

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Sarah said...

Amen, amen, and amen! :-)

Debbie said...

Hi Lindsey! I just linked you up on Blog Around the World. Thanks for stopping by.

About this post. I have been struggling with this so much lately. How do I fit all the things I need to do in my day and balance it with all the things I want to do each day. I just never seem to be able to strike that balance, and it is paralyzing. I know that the Lord has blessed me with certain creative gifts, but how do they fit in with my day to day life? Sigh.

Thanks for stopping by and check back daily to see where in the world we are headed next!

Reagan said...

AMEN for me also! Do you think Moms had this same problem before the internet? I think I have tried everything to prioritize my time but thus far it is still a daily struggle. Maybe when the kids are all gone we will finally find the time!

Meredith said...

Hi Lindsey, Isn't this every woman's struggle? As a mum of six young children, over the years I've learnt that I can do it all - just not all at once and not all by myself. I guess you don't have a family network to call upon, so don't be too harsh on yourself. As wonderful as the Proverbs 31 woman is - she did have maids!
Thanks for your inspiring posts.

The Farmer Files said...

LOL I was going to say the same thing Meredith did! The Prov 31 woman had help! I aspire to be her...but how can I possibly manage to be ALL.OF.HER at once? She was a delegator, and a great manager. I totally feel your pain! Where do I commit my time? What am I sacrificing?

Lindsey said...

It's so encouraging to know I'm not the only one who struggles with trying to find balance! I know that God is the priority in our lives, sometimes I find myself getting caught up in the rush, though. Thanks for this post, and for commenting on my blog. :-)


Jennifer said...

Hey sister!I just missed you.Well you really need to seek the Lord and see what you need to let go of. You have taken on to much extra activities. The Lord first, Eric next,then Anna,your home, then you.(Your church things I would think are under Eric)That doesnt mean you give up your fun things but you cant do everything and do what the Lords called you to.Love you girl!!!