When people ask me how I am doing, my auto-pilot response is “busy”. It’s never a lie– I am busy! With two kiddos, half of summer left, and things getting busier at my parents business, plus our recent move, this is one of the busiest times of year for us. I know I am not the only one that seems “busy” all the time.
But how do we get un-busy?
About two months before we moved, I sat down with my husband and told him that I could not keep up this pace of life. Things were too busy. I was overwhelmed, feeling like I could barely stay afloat. We weren’t scheduling any time for just US or our family of four, and I was getting worried that our priorities were starting to shift in a bad direction. I didn’t know how to make life more simplistic, but I craved it, and knew it would have to start with both of us on the same page.
Here’s the kicker: we CHOSE to be busy. Busy is not a bad thing! It can be a really, really good thing. Our busy got out of hand, and we needed to shift our priorities and start being intentional.
Then, we moved. Seemingly overnight, our life became simpler. Just moving to a house in the country seemed to be an easy fix. We can’t explain it other than we know we are so happy here and made the right decision. God had such a hand in this, and I have been praising Him for this opportunity for a clean slate. A fresh start for our family.
Lately we have been busy making our new house a home, finishing little projects, and spending our evenings with a campfire outside. The good kind of busy that has me relishing this time with my kids, wanting summer days to never end. The good kind of busy that is intentional with our schedule and knowing when we need to just spend time together.
This, friends, is the best kind of busy to be. I am embracing this simplistic change in our life and learning a whole lot along the way. If you are feeling overwhelmed with your busy lifestyle, first pray about it. Talk to your spouse and make a game plan, and start being intentional. You may be surprised with the results.
You may find that your life can be busy yet simplistic, and definitely worth embracing.
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