Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Time Out

A frazzled Mindy here. Ever feel like you go and go and go, give and give and give, do and do and do until you can't do no more?

After almost a year of trying to readjust to life with a toddler, not to mention the continuation of life with teenage and preteen boys, plus taking on the challenge of a new position of serving, everything in my household has suffered. We've eaten more take-out and pizza delivery over the last couple of months than I care to admit. Laundry is piled everywhere, along with dishes and school papers.

Yet through it all, I still tried to write, not having very much success, mind you. There were requests I needed to fulfill. A contest I wanted to enter. And my God is so gracious, He gave me the grace/stamina/creativity to accomplish those goals. I made it over the hump.

Then my loving heavenly Father did something else. He quietly whispered to my spirit, "Enough." Not only was my household suffering, my family was too. So God has put me in a writing time out. A time to see to the nutritional needs of my family and to regain control of my household.

But that's not all. God needed time to work in me. He's lovingly pointing out some of the strongholds in my life. Areas I have held tightly instead of giving Him control. Things that have held a higher place in my life than God. Things that pretended to fill that God-shaped hole we oft times have in our lives.

In Matthew 22:36, the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus by testing Him with this question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"

Jesus responded, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." Mt. 22:37-38

When we love someone, we desire to please them. When they ask us to do something, we are eager to do it. Sometimes God calls us to do things or give up things we don't necessarily want to. I really want to write. However, there are some other projects He's called me to as well. Things that have sat on the back burner for far to long.

If God loved me so much that He sent His only Son to die a horrible, painful death for me, am I willing to trust Him enough to lay down those things He's asked? You bet :-) And though I may not like it, though it may cause me some discomfort, the joy that obedience brings is so worth it.

My writing is not banished forever. Matter of fact, I have no doubt that when He sweetly calls me away from the time out chair He will smile and say, "Go get 'em." And I'd better be ready.

Happy Tuesday!


  1. I totally understand your need for a time out. It is amazing how much we all take on at times. And a time out from things can lead to new perspectives and revamped energy. If you've ever seen the movie "The Money Pit" starring Tom Hanks and Shirley Long that would describe my life at the moment, as my house is under a complete remodel - Fortunately my life is minus the marital problems and plus a beautiful three year old daughter. But, I think we all pray for more time in the day. So, hang in there and Good luck with your juggling act!

  2. Wow, Mindy, very powerful! Thanks for your thoughts.

    I've gone through periods where I've had to willingly lay my writing down for a period of time because life's roller coaster took over, and God whispered to me to slow down. I had to remind myself that slowing my writing pace down didn't mean I was giving up on my dream.

    Keep your spirits up, Mindy. God tells us that when we ask, he'll answer with the desires of our heart. God knows how much you want to write, and He'll make that happen in His perfect time.

  3. Eva, I used to love that movie. It sounds like you've got a juggling act of your own going on. And I think one thing most women fail to do is take time for themselves. Even if it's only an hour to get a pedicure, it gives us a bit of separation and time to catch our breath.

    So glad you stopped by.

  4. Don't worry, Dianna, my spirits are up. And the tension in my shoulders is gone! Amazing what obedience can do for us:-) Now if only my kids would learn that.

  5. Mindy, give your mind, body, spirit and family the time it needs. Be still and know that He is God. He will fix everything!

  6. That He will, Jenn. Of that, I am confident :-)

  7. I also believe God will bless your obedience, Mindy.

    I'm glad you're relaxing already. :) Just be sure to go get that pedicure!

  8. Thanks, Missy. No pedicure yet, but as I give those strongholds over to Christ, I find I'm more relaxed than ever. I can't believe how the knots in my shoulders have disappeared.