by | Oct 22, 2010 | God, health, me, schedule

“Superwoman” has met her match.

Superman’s strength-drainer was kryptonite.  This “Superwoman’s” strength-drainer is trying to do too much without taking care of myself.

I realized yesterday with the help of my BFF, Tina and Pastor Barb, as I shared with them how I was feeling and as the tears began to flow, that I needed a break.  My schedule was getting the best of me.  They encouraged me to take a couple of days off…so here I am…in my home on a Friday, when I’m normally helping others at Mission of Hope. 

And if I can be honest…I’m still in my jammies. 🙂

I’ve learned over and over again that we need to take care of ourselves to be able to give of ourselves.  I’ve learned time and time again, that I need a “retreat day” every now and then to keep myself from burning out.  I know that I am wired that way.  But I guess lately I’ve pushed myself without realizing I’ve gone beyond my limits. 

Why do I try to be “Superwoman” when I know I can’t be?  Maybe I just get caught up in this rat-race of life.  Maybe I just forget that I can’t be everything to everybody and that I can’t “save the world.”  I don’t know. There are so many roles I play in my life, and trying to keep everything going all at the same time is difficult for me these days… Mission of Hope, Bible Study Fellowship, Ali and Zach’s schedules, Bill’s schedule, Mary Kay, keeping our house running smoothly, maintaining relationships with friends and family, etc. 

I think God is trying to get my attention.  I believe He might be taking me to a turning point in my life.  In the past when this has happened to me, He has made a change in my life.  I’m excited to see what it’s going to be.

As I retreat with God this afternoon, I’m encouraged by what God’s word says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

The Message translations reads, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I am refreshed just by reading these Words of God!
I have five days to recharge, renew and refresh myself before returning to Mission of Hope.  I’m praying when I return I have a renewed compassion for the least, the last and the lost, and that God has centered me in His will for my life…in His strength, not my own.

I will keep you posted!

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