31 Days to My Best Yes:: Day 1 The Full Plate

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Welcome to the first post in the 31 Day Writing Challenge. See a list of all the day’s posts here. 

I looked at the week stretching out before me and felt like my head was going to burst. There was too much to do and not enough of me to do it.

Why did I commit to this? Why did I commit to that? The week was a drudgery. With each activity, I wracked my brain trying to think of ways I could bow out. Being committed to being committed left me with the sinking realization that I was stuck. Some of the things I had committed to would end at the close of the school year. Then I could decide to continue in the fall or not. Some commitments I knew I would continue the next year and looked at the summer as a breather. Some things, though, I would have to make a clean break and just say “no”.

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My plate was full. Overflowing actually. How did I get here again?  I’d been in this spot before? How come I just couldn’t say no?

Then I read this book. The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst. It was a life changer for me.

While reading her book, I had my Ah- Ha moment. My Ah-Ha moment was this: (And it may seem obvious to you.) I DON’T HAVE TO SAY YES TO EVERY REQUEST MADE OF ME.  And….. NOT EVERY GREAT IDEA THAT POPS INTO MY HEAD IS SOMETHING I SHOULD ACT ON.

My yesses, though noble most of the time, were drowning me. I was not happy. I was not spending time where I needed to be most, which was at home. And most of the time, I was not fulfilling the purpose God had for me.

I got some perspective. I started changing my habits. I started saying no.

That was me two years ago. And it’s me today when I get off track and lose the focus of what God wants me to do. There are a lot of great ministry opportunities; there are many people in need; there are so many neat experiences for my family. There are so many good things out there; but I don’t need to say yes to all of them. I can’t say yes to all of them.

This month I’m excited to take part in the 31 Days writing challenge . This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. It’s something I’ve found victory in and still struggle with at the same time.

I’ll be writing about what My Best Yes is for my life this month and hopefully encourage you to find yours.

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