That'll Preach

Not Today.

This hand-me-down belief that our life has to look like this ──────── in order to be “doing it right” has been passed for generations.

So being a recovering people-pleaser and someone who’s straight line looks more like an EKG reading, you can imagine my panic.

For twenty-three I have put up my dukes and fought with all my tiny, limited human power to keep all the balls in the air, all the plates spinning and all the people happy.

Wake up, wash your face, put your makeup on, look presentable, read your Bible, say your prayers, get the kids dressed, feed the dog, turn in your paper, meet the deadline, eat this, don’t say that, be skinny, suppress this, believe that, agree with them, don’t wear that, smile, post this, set the example, call her, check on him, be there for this person, say yes, don’t be late.

Wake up, wash your face, put your makeup on, look presentable, read your Bible, say your prayers, get the kids dressed, feed the dog, turn in your paper, meet the deadline, eat this, don’t say that, be skinny, suppress this, believe that, agree with them, don’t wear that, smile, post this, set the example, call her, check on him, be there for this person, say yes, don’t be late.

Wake up, wash your face, put your makeup on, look presentable, read your Bible, say your prayers, get the kids dressed, feed the dog, turn in your paper, meet the deadline, eat this, don’t say that, be skinny, suppress this, believe that, agree with them, don’t wear that, smile, post this, set the example, call her, check on him, be there for this person, say yes, don’t be late.

STOP.

Put the plates down, let the balls bounce, take the pressure off. Rest in knowing that this was planned for. He knew the balls would drop, He knew the plates would wobble and shatter. He knew that you would get tired, that you would break down.

He knew and He planned to stay.

No matter what voices are telling you different, there is no one or perfect way to love Jesus, which means there is no one or perfect way to love people. There is no one or perfect prayer to pray for salvation that will make you more saved than anybody else, just like there is no one or perfect political party and no one or perfect way to dress or look or be.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.Matthew 11:28-30

All of this chaos is not in His nature, this panic is not part of who He is. He is easy and gentle and longs for you to come and rest. The pressure you’re carrying, you were never meant to carry alone. All He asks is that we trust Him.

Don’t worry about the next hour, don’t worry about the next day or week or year, who will think what or who you’re letting down. Let Him your strength for THIS moment. THIS day.

Say no to some things, allow yourself to get still. Allow your thoughts to break on Him. Close your eyes and let yourself breathe and just be in the presence of the One who fights for you, even if only for a minute or two. 

The bags will get packed. The kids will get dressed. The teacher will understand. The hair will get washed (maybe lol). Whatever your crazy is, don’t miss the peace and rest that is waiting for you here.

You’re doing great 🙂

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

One Comment

  • emily Chapman

    Thank you! Lauren I have to continually remind myself of this very thing. My expectations of myself is not always what God wants, I
    have to also remind myself I’m not a Super Woman, or God would
    have made me look a little different…..lol

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