1. Kayse, you don’t know how much I needed to read this today. Before I opened your post, I was looking at the next couple weeks and feeling completely overwhelmed. See, you wrote this post for moms with littles. I don’t have littles anymore – I have 2 teenagers which is a different kind of need. I also have two elderly parents one of whom has cancer and got bad news this past week. I am, in essence, an only child. I am all they have and they needed me yesterday and they will need me in the weeks to come. It isn’t good timing. I have a phone interview for a job that would be so financially helpful to my family and be in something I would enjoy tomorrow. I also was working on improving both my blogging platforms and my freelance writing business. I need to be productive, but my parents need me to be present more right now. My kids still need me to be available and present, too. Thanks for this reminder that productivity and to do lists really CAN wait, but people often can’t. 🙂

  2. I’ve been thinking about balance because this weekend at a day retreat for adoptive moms we watched a video by Beth Guckenberger. She said a balanced life isn’t possible. Sometimes something demands more attention than usual. But in life, we can have a rhythm. She read Matt 11:28-30 from The Message, which I’ve read before …

    “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.”

    The unforced rhythms of grace —> THAT’S IT.

    We won’t ever have lives of balance or perfection. But we can have grace. Because God keeps pouring it down on me. Anyway. This has been on my mind, and then you went and talked about it too … God knows I need the repetition. 🙂

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