Some days being a woman closely resembles a juggling act at the circus.
We juggle chores, responsibilities, spouses, children, and jobs, all while trying to look graceful and cheerful.
The world tells us to grin and bear our rushed lives with grace and charm. If we would just get up earlier and have a better scheduled day, we’d be able to fit more in our already jam-packed life.
We should just smile and suppress our exhaustion, while pretending to be someone who has life all figured out.
But that worn out woman is tired, resentful, and weary in body and soul from juggling life.
Newsflash for women everywhere: We can’t do it all!
Eventually our bodies crave rest and our spirits are cranky from too much on our plate.
But what’s a worn-out woman to do? How can we manage a packed life and find joy among the seasons of busyness?
Bible Verses for the Worn Out Woman
Life can go at a break-neck speed if you let it. Make a conscious effort to slow down your life, and to savor the moments you have with family.
“Yes, my soul finds rest in God; my hope comes from Him.” Psalm 62:5
While a to-do-list a mile long can be overwhelming and daunting, break your day into manageable pieces of time and focus only on the MOST important items to get done at that time. Sure you may need to spring clean and do five loads of laundry, but if it’s not time to tackle those tasks, put them out of your mind.
“Turn my heart towards your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” Psalm 119: 36-37
Saying Goodbye to Survival Mode, by Crystal Paine, offers practical suggestions and solutions to help you identify your priorities. She walks you through setting routines and establishing boundaries to help you find balance and recover your joy. (My copy is dog-eared and has frantic scribbles in the margin!)
Rid yourself of distractions
Be fully present and focused on the task at hand, no matter what that task is. When you’ve scheduled time to work, focus only on the work before you. When it’s time to be with the kids, fully focus on them and on your precious time together. Be careful not to let social media destroy your allotted time to get things done! It’s a time-trap!
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:13
Add margin into your life
When you’re scheduled to the max and there is no margin for life to happen, it causes stress and anxiety! By allowing room for sickness, tiredness, and just plain life, you feel better knowing there will be time to finish the task at hand.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Breathe, by Priscilla Shirer, is a must-have resource for the busy woman who tries to do it all! She gently points to the freedom found in taking a Sabbath rest, as well as practical solutions for making it work for you.
Renew Your Mind
When busyness roars it’s ugly head, don’t neglect your spiritual health. Renew your mind in God’s Word, allowing Him to help you prioritize and add margin into a busy life.
“Do not conform to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
The Quiet Time Toolkit makes connecting with God simple, practical, and doable (even for beginners!)
Set your mind on things above
When I focus on my to-do-list, I am likely to have a panic attack and want to retreat back to bed! But when I focus on the peace that is promised by the Lord, my heart is tuned to sing His praises, even in my busiest moments. I can then lay my rushed and hurried life at His feet, praying for Him to guide my steps.
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
Remember where true joy comes from
When life seems out of control, I remember that He is IN control. My busy, distracted life is not what He wants from me. He wants my heart to be tuned towards Him, praising Him for His sacrifice at the cross. And when my eyes are fixed on Jesus, that alone fills and completes a busy woman like nothing else.
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence. with eternal pleasure at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
Let go of perfectionism
Friends, you can’t be perfect at everything. You are not God.
When we try to be perfect and give the illusion that we have life figured out on our own, we are diminishing our need for a Savior.
Ask yourself why are you striving to be perfect. Is it to show others how great you are? Or is it a heart-issue that needs to be surrendered to the Lord?
Our need to be perfect can become an idol; one where we take our eyes off Jesus and put them onto the good works we are doing.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
Learn to enjoy life again. Laugh, dance, sing, and just be silly, as a way to release the stress. When’s the last time you’ve smiled?
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12
Make time for rest. When we juggle life and are worn-out and weary to the core, we can’t serve others the way God wants. Lay your busyness at His feet, find rest in Him alone, and relax knowing you weren’t meant to do it all. You’re not Super Woman!
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
Use them in your quiet time with God to renew your spirit and stand firm on the promises of God.