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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What Matters To Me

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This post title came to mind this morning and I felt it really encouraged me, with the need, to come vulnerable here, in this space, this morning, and say... what matters to me has really fallen by the wayside.

I know I am not alone in this.. and certainly, this is a topic that I care and share deeply about. Yet, I still need the daily reminders and the constant encouragement.

But seriously.  Today!  Today, I feel so lost in knowing what really matters to me the most.

If you know me well, at all.  How would you describe who I am and what I do?

Here is what I hope one would say:

Bevy is a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a Christ-Follower, a blogger; a creative soul who loves to sew, decorate, cook/bake, think deeply, and who enjoys capturing those moments via the photographic lens or in the written word...
A homemaker who just so happens to also have an etsy shop, and a facebook page and an AWESOME business as an Ambassador for a fabulous health and wellness company.
So, there are the home and family needs..
Laundry
Meals
Discipline
Cleaning
The relationships to keep up with...
Books to read..
Time with God!  

Now to keep up with all of that.  
Each one is important (to me).  Special.  NEEDED.

It's just right now, I feel I'm falling under the attack of overwhelm.
I can't stop!
It ALL has to continue.  I mean, I want it to.
It's who I am!!  Right?

But, does it matter to me?

Here is where I think I've gotten off track.  
Its gotten to where... I have to do all of this.

It's not as easy to do it if I don't want to.  Do you hear what I'm saying?

How to want to do all of this... because it matters to me... needs to be the focus.

And, so I'm humbly coming to ask for prayer... encouragement... and advice.

Proverbs 16:3 reminds me..
"Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established."
and this from Proverbs 14:1
"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands."

As a way of refreshment and reminder...
Last year - sometime - a dear friend sent me a book called, The Life-giving Home, (info found HERE) that came with a 12-month guided journal - with the same title.  Written by Sally Clarkson and her daughter, Sarah Clarkson.

I really enjoyed the few moments I could steal, to SLOWLY read through this book.

I would like to "add" this (rereading and journaling) into all of the above and really delve into the meat of this book. It really was an easy and encouraging read.  Very relatable, too. 

 Side note:  I ALSO would like to add in a regiment of walking everyday.  Getting that in is something I REALLY, REALLY want to do.  How, When and Where...?

And, then.  There is this!!

and, you know what this means?  Changes...

Changes and Challenges are looming on the horizon!

So many questions.  So many unknowns.  SO MUCH TO DO!!!!!
But, what I do know is this.  I NEED to stick to what matters to me, the most!
And, make those moments count.

I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength! ~ Philippians 4:13 

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Want to know something?  Even before I hit publish, on this post here, today, a phone call came my way, from a sweet friend who simply wanted to pray with me and for me.
Talk about tears.
God's providence and timing, is always right!!

I really do know I am Blessed!!  And, that matters, too!!

7 comments:

  1. Bevy, Prayers for Peace through it all. Changes and focusing on what is the "Most" important things in our days can be a struggle. Just remember to take one thing at a time, what time permits. I will be praying that God will take away the over whelming feelings of it all and bring peace which will show you the way. Moment by Moment. Love and Hugs.. And so ya know I have been blessed to know you and have learned a lot from you.

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  2. Bev, I love your vulnerability here and truely believe you have a great gift, a way with words and an honesty about it all that I enjoy! I can relate to your blog whole heartedly, love your use of Philippians 4:13, it is one of my daily affirmations, that provides great strength and peace. Know that I have been praying for you and Scott and the kids with the change and uncertainty surrounding you, and I know it will all work out as it should. You are such a sweet soul and I enjoy when we get time to chat. When I'm feeling overwhelmed, I remind myself how lucky I am to be alive and able to do all the things I GET to do, including the laundry! �� Hugs, Amy

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  3. My encouraging words to you are, let loose your clinched fist, open up your hand, palm up, give it to God.

    You can't do everything, that a given. But with God, He will show you what needs to be done and when. Yes, it's a scary thing to give control over. Even the simplest things, to the earth shaking decisions.
    You are blessed to have a husband who can help you. Ask him! He'll tell you what it is you should do or not do. Share your worries and concerns with him.

    Now, on a personal side. I love how you have reached out to us. We now can lift you up in pray, with specific words.

    Blessings to you and your family.

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  4. Thank you for the reminders, a beautiful reminder.
    God is so faithful.

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  5. Dear dear Bevy, I just want you to know that you are in my prayers...every.single.day. You are a person who feels deeply, and I love your words that you share here with us. When I think of you one of the first things I think of is the word "family" because it certainly shows here in this space. I also think of "photography" because you and your camera make a great team! I feel privileged to be able to view it here. You have an eye for beauty and art...some of the pictures you've shared here really should be entered in contests...the kind that pays for the privilege of using your photos! I don't know what all having to leave your current home means as far as if it is to another area of the country or town but I do know it means change. I wish I lived closer so I could help you in any way I could when it comes to that.

    YOU ARE SPECIAL!
    xo
    Dianna

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  6. Thinking of you dearly and praying that you will slow down a bit! That is quite the list of things. Maybe it's more along the lines of what matters to God? Praying for your during this transition of moving and I just know that wherever your family is, given your gift of hospitality....you'll make any place into a creative home.

    Love,

    Amanda

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