Sunday, May 20, 2012

Going Through the Motions

This year, I set a goal for myself to become more "intentional" with my life. I felt like I was barely scratching the surface with my husband, my kids, my family, my friends and my God. And I was NOT okay with any of that. I don't want to be a surface dweller. I want to dig down deep, make memories and become closer to the people I have chosen to include in my life.

This plan worked well- for a little while. I prayed for opportunities to be revealed and for the heart to carry them out. I joined Project 365. (You can see all those posts here.) The thing is, being intentional is hard. And sometimes exhausting. But it is SOOO worth it.

Then Spring rolled around. And life got busier. And don't think I'm complaining, because I'm not! I love my life... And I know everyone is busy... It's just that when life gets busier, it's easier to let things slide- like being intentional. When I'm tired, it's easy to say, "Just go watch TV, we'll sew later," or let the boys play their iPods on the way to school instead of talking about their days. But does that do anyone any good? I'll answer that for you... NO. It doesn't.

I recently read a blog post from Hand Free Mama that made me cry and think and cry again. Just because I am with my kids, that doesn't make a memory. Watching TV in the same room IS NOT the same thing as spending time with my family. Going to church IS NOT the same thing as living for God.

I don't want to just go through the motions in life. I want to love and laugh and cry and dance for joy and make memories and KNOW that God is using me for His purpose.

So, even if I'm tired...or's up to me. As Ferris Bueller said so eloquently, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."

What have you been missing lately? What are some ways you dig deeper?

Love you all,



  1. Excellent advice for everyone! We get so busy that we just brush by the ones we love cuz we expect them to always be there for us. You are a wise woman to make this realization at your young age. Let's all slow down and look around at Gid's miracles!! Love you!

  2. WOW! Good thoughts!
    Love the pict of Mom and Haley!

    1. I know! Your Mom tried to dodge but I got a couple good ones! And Haley will always remember her tea parties!!

  3. All I can add is Yes and Amen!

  4. I'm so glad to have come across this post- you have so wonderfully verbalized what has been beating my subconscience for years. I have been flying through life at the speed of light and on several occasions, have prayed for God to open my eyes and slow me down. I'll definitely write a post about my views on this....thank you ♥

    1. Thanks for stopping by! This topic has been heavy on my heart for awhile. I'm glad you got something out of it. I'd love for you to visit again- or better yet, become a follower and not miss another post!

      Have a blessed day!!