Friday, March 6, 2015

FMF: Gather

Yep, it's Friday!! Today's prompt word: GATHER.......


I have realized that I need to take a moment and gather my thoughts. As I sit here to write, pondering what this word means and how it pertains to my life, I become assaulted with a plethora of thoughts and directions where this can go. So many different things all at once just piling up in my head. I feel like I need to grab a notebook and a pen and take notes. Then another realization slams into my head:

Typical Amber, always overwhelmed with everything! Always too much of too many things. 

This is my life lately. I feel like I have so many different things going on and I am committed to so much that it is literally overtaking my life AND my brain! Between the kids stuff, school, hobbies, church, my little Thirty-One business, and the personal responsibilities of being a wife, mom, and homemaker, I lose count of what I am supposed to do and when! It seems like my brain is ALWAYS ON and never shuts down! I always have something to do and somewhere to be. It's overwhelming. 

Don't get me wrong. I know that I am not the only mother of four that has ever felt overwhelmed by her life and responsibilities. But lately I have been thinking and praying about ways to make it all work with out losing my mind. I thoroughly enjoy all the stuff I listed above and I want to continue to do them. I just don't want to feel like I am overwhelmed and drowning in it all. And I don't want to give up all the other important stuff like my quiet time with God and my bible. Or actually being PRESENT, body AND mind, with my children during our time together instead of thinking of the million little sticky notes on my desk or in my planner that hold all the things I am supposed to do. 

I need to gather all of these things that fill up my life and prioritize them! I need to find a good balance to make it all work the way it's supposed to. Most importantly I need to know my limits and say no when presented with yet another opportunity to stretch myself a little more. I need to accept that I have an obsessive personality and can easily become consumed with one thing which, in turn, throws everything else to the sidelines leaving me scrabbling to catch up. 


Five minutes is just not long enough I tell ya!! I could have probably gone on for at least another half hour. (perfect example of being obsessive) HAHA

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  1. Amber, I can sooo relate to that feeling of being overwhelmed. I've lived far too many days in that state of being. Kudos to you for striving to be present in the moments with your family. They are the most important priorities of our lives, aren't they? I'll be praying for you to have moments to just breathe as you walk through your day.

    I'm your neighbor from FMF. :)

    1. Thank you for your reply! It always amazes me what comes out of my head when I do one of these. This time I wasn't surprises though. God has been laying it heavy on my heart to Breathe and slow down a little. I am trying.... It's good to know I am not alone. Thanks for stopping by and for your prayers. I look forward to talking to you again. :-)

  2. Prioritizing! Absolutely - something every one needs to do, but especially moms and wives. Remember that poster? Keep it simple stupid? We so often clutter up our lives with all good things and can't figure out why we're overwhelmed. God bless as you take those steps.

    1. Hey Carol! Thanks for taking the time to comment! "Keep it simple stupid." YES!!! EXACTLY! I agree with you 100%. I have totally cluttered up my life with all these things that I am supposed to enjoy yet I don't find any joy at all because I am overwhelmed. Basically it's all for not! Thank you for simplifying it for me. :-)

  3. You're on the right track girl. I am a major list maker, fill my life upper too. That little thought in your head was a lie designed by the deceiver to keep you stuck so ignore him and press on with Jesus. I'm just saying cuz I have been stuck a good long time and am preaching it to myself. Had to laugh because a post scheduled for Tues is about those little lies that speak to my min and overwhelm me.

    You can get your priorities in order. You will find balance. You do love well. :)

    Sorry I got carried away. I needed to hear myself "say" it again.

  4. Jessie, I loved that you got carried away. That's the exact reason why I blog. So I can hear myself "say" it over and over. Sometimes we just need the reminder HUH? Your words mean a lot. Thank you for the support. Like I said in another comment, it's good to know I am not alone. I'll have to visit your blog on Tuesday and see what you have to say. ;-)