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Seasons of Life

Life can be so crazy sometimes. I mean CRAZY- kids, jobs, money, balance, trying to be healthy, marriage, etc. How does anyone stay sane? I really would like to know how anyone stays sane these days. How does anyone not live paycheck to paycheck? People who don’t have degrees make millions of dollars and people with Doctorate’s are poor. People who fought for our country are depressed and anxious and the amount of school shootings and mall shootings are disgusting.

I mean how do you even get the dishes done? How do you pay bills? How do you take care of yourself? How do you NOT become depressed? How do you manage everything and not go crazy?

Maybe you’re in a happy season, and all is well. Sometimes it’s difficult to recognizing the season of life we’re in.

In a natural sense, we know that seasons change. There’s winter, spring, summer, and fall. Just like the natural seasons change, so do the seasons in our lives.

The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season.” It also tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.”

Right now, I’m in that busy season of life…the busy season where you wish for bedtime to come around because you’re kids hardly sleep, but then once they sleep you miss them. The season that you constantly wonder when your kids will need you a little less, but also want to freeze time. The season of life where you sleep about 3-4 hours a night and have to be ON at work and ON at home and ON all night. The season of life where you feel CONSTANTLY surrounded by everyone (work, family, people asking for advice), but at the same time you feel lonely. The season you crave time for yourself, but you feel so guilty for doing it. I got a massage the other day and I will say I thoroughly enjoyed it, but the minute I got out I rushed home so fast because I felt bad that my husband was with the kids for so long and I missed them- then when I got home I wanted to leave again. The season of life that expands your perspective in ways I never imagined. It tests your patience and strength not only as a mom, but as a wife, daughter, friend, etc. You give yourself, your heart, your body and yourself to everyone else.

I wouldn’t trade this season of life for anything. Everyone around me is sick…my kids, my family, my students. But this mama can’t be sick even when she is. This season of life is kicking my ass and I remember when my first was born and everyone would say, “This is really hard, not sleeping and juggling life, but you will miss it.” This couldn’t be a more true statement.

Being constantly in overdrive can really take a toll on your mind, body, and soul. I know I’ve written blogs about self-care, but when you’re in any tough season of life, the best thing you can do is take care of yourself. Time is just an excuse…if you are empty, you won’t last in your season. I’m not just talking about being a mom with kids and no sleep, I mean any season in your life- the happy ones, the sad ones, the lonely ones, etc. For those tough seasons- the break ups, losing loved ones, the tough jobs…this quote is for you.

‘’Life is not supposed to overwhelm you at all times. Life isn’t meant to be merely survived—it’s meant to be lived. Seasons or instances will inevitably feel out of your control, but the moments when you feel like you’re drowning are supposed to be brief. They should not be the whole of your existence!’’- Rachel Hollis

Every season is worth it- it makes us who we are. I wouldn’t change it for the world. We got this. And if you’re in a tough season, “this too shall pass.” And for those of you who are in the best season ever, enjoy every minute. I’ve already asked God if we could freeze those moments, but He said no.

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