Five Questions that Simplify Life

Ever feel like you’re just treading water?

Like you’re supposed to be swimming upstream, but all you can do is keep your head above the surface?

I was behind on laundry, dishes, and dusting. The fridge was filled with food that needed to be pitched, and my hopes for a well-tended, productive garden were going down fast. Little Buddy needed TLC that I didn’t have time to give, and my husband was coming home to minor chaos after work.

Honestly, I felt like I was failing as a wife, mommy, and homemaker.

There was so much going on in life, so many things vying for my attention, and there was never enough time in the day.

That’s where I was at.

 

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Something needed to change.

God hasn’t called us to a spirit of fear, and I like to think that He hasn’t called us to a spirit of Overwhelm either. He doesn’t want us to be worried, harried, and stressed. In fact, His plans for us are very different…

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me…” Matthew 1:28-29a

A little heart-to-heart with God helped me see the problem. I had set my expectations so high – I was going to be a great wife and mommy, I was going to keep an immaculate house, I was going to cook awesome meals and have a garden that was the envy of the neighborhood…

My goal was to excel. At everything. And my expectations for myself were not God’s expectations for me.

Now, I want you to understand… It’s not bad to want a clean house and a well-tended garden. Those are good things, things that can honor God. But when they get in the way of more important things in my life? That’s a problem.

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Pursuing God’s expectations of me…

God taught me some really good things when I hit Overwhelm, and here’s the biggest lesson I walked away with: God created us to be finite.

Really, that shouldn’t have been earth-shattering. Of course we are finite; only God is infinite. But if you’d have seen some of my to-do lists, if you’d have known some of my expectations of myself, you’d have thought this finite news was hot off the press!

Here’s the short and sweet of it: I am finite in my abilities, my time, and my energy. And that’s okay – it’s how God created me to be!

God is okay if my garden was a mess last summer. He’s okay if my fridge doesn’t get cleaned right this minute. He wants me to pursue the things that He wants for my life, and to do my best with the strength that He gives me.

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That’s where The Five Questions come in. 

As I sat down to deal with Overwhelm, I found myself dealing with priorities. Because that’s what it comes down to, isn’t it? I can’t do everything; God hasn’t designed me to do everything. But He does want me to do something…

So I developed The Five Questions as I walked myself through my expectations, roles, and priorities in life. I compared my expectations with God’s expectations of me. And I ended with a To-Do list that only had eight things on it! (Hooray!!!)

The Five Questions simplified life, changed my perspective, and helped me align my priorities with God’s priorities.

Does that mean I’ve never dealt with the Overwhelm again?

Nope! I hit Overwhelm again last week!

God used these Five Questions to change me, and He is still using them to change me and realign my life with His plans for me.

That’s why I want to share this resource with you!

Not because these questions are a magic solution to anything. They’re not! But they are a tool that you can use to reassess your priorities and a tool that you can refer back to when the Overwhelm knocks on your door.

And guess what? Getting these Five Questions is super easy!

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Sending thoughts and prayers your way as you pursue God’s priorities!

                ~ Erin

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