I say yes too often. To too many things and too many people and too many projects that seem like they’re going to be small and/or quick but they aren’t. I get in over my head, I get overwhelmed, and then everybody suffers.
Well, me, my family, and the people I let down because I said I’d do something and just couldn’t (or procrastinated too long).
Coming home from a four-day weekend full of speaking and people-meeting and prayer-request-gathering is tough. Because I come home to laundry and soccer games and dishes and homeschooling and grocery shopping and a million e-mails and catching up with friends. And I just want to curl up in a ball.
As soon as I finish this post, I’m going to tackle some of the To-Do’s hanging over my head. But I’m also going to purge (or tweak) some things from my list. Starting with book reviews. I get a lot of free books that people want me to review. A lot of them are from people I like a lot, either because I’ve already read one of their books or we’re friends online. I know what it’s like to hand out your books to a million people and have two of them actually follow through with a review.
But I can’t do it all.
And I know that October is already taken which leaves November and just a little bit of December before we leave for Cambodia (TWO MONTHS from TODAY!) and I won’t have time to do all of these books (and their authors) justice.
So I’m going to write about several of them right now and fight the feelings of guilt and learn from my mistake of thinking I can do it all. I can’t.
Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman
I love Emily. I love her blog, Chatting At The Sky. And goodness, can I relate to her good-girl-ness. I’ve been one all my life. So much pressure, so much trying hard, so much agonizing that I’m going to screw up and it’s all going to be over. Emily’s book is comforting and easy to read and brings you back to the only thing that matters–who you are in Christ and what HE wants for your life. Thank you, Emily, for sharing your heart in these pages.
Amish Values for Your Family by Suzanne Woods Fisher
I am so intrigued by the Amish and their simple, faith-&-family-centered lives. Gabe and I have driven through some Amish pockets lately and have talked about the perks and pitfalls of this lifestyle. Simplicity, not being affected by the world, hard work. But what about isolation and not knowing anyone who is different from you? What about going into all nations and sharing the gospel? This book has a lot of charming stories about people who are probably related to me (a Yoder by birth) in some way, and I liked getting to know my kin a little better.
A Confident Heart by Renee Swope
Renee and the other gals at Proverbs 31 Ministries have been faithfully serving women for a lot of years. I can’t remember when we first connected online, but she’s always been so sweet to me and was even kind enough to chat about my books on her radio spot several times. Renee’s first book is going to speak straight to the hearts of so many women. I can’t tell you how many times I get comments or e-mails that say, “I’m not good enough. Why should anyone care what I have to say? I’m scared to take a risk.” “How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God’s Promises” is the sub-title of the book, and Renee bravely shares real-life examples that will help and encourage others.
Questions for You:
1. Do you pile too much on your plate? What’s something you can either 1.) purge from your to-do list, 2.) do a quicker version of, or 3.) just get it over and done with?
2. Any suggestions for how I can start setting boundaries when it comes to commitments and promises (especially those that don’t fit in our family’s purpose statement)?
3. If one of those three books appeals to you, let me know, and it just might show up in your mailbox.