Busy Women Welcome Here!

Busy Women Welcome!

Busy Women Welcome!

My heart is drawn to a group of women who are often left feeling guilty or inadequate or even hurt by so much of the rhetoric in blogs and books these days. Women like me: the busy women!

Consider this my welcome sign:

Busy women welcome here!

I can relate because, I confess, I’m busy. My calendar is full and my days never have enough time to do all the things I want and even need to do. My daughter is in high school and my husband is on staff at a great church. We live near both our families and we have lots of great friends. I teach a Bible study at my church and I am a writer.

Plus, there’s always laundry, meals, dishes, and dusting waiting to be done.

But here’s the thing, I’m not busy for the sake of being busy. I say “no” a lot. I have a consistent quiet time and we eat dinner as a family almost every night {even if it is sitting in the living room and not at the dining room table}. I think rest is vitally important and we make space for downtime.

Maybe you can relate?

Here’s my desire for this space: to offer you, the busy wife and mom and Bible study leader and employee and volunteer and friend, encouragement and support for living well. Because I’ve learned something really important over the past few years —living well isn’t about having a full calendar … but it also isn’t measured by how much empty space is on your schedule. Living well is a state of the heart.

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John 10:10 is one of my favorite verses:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

That abundant life can happen in the midst of our crazy schedules! I love what the notes in my ESV Study Bible* explain,

Jesus calls his followers, not to a dour, lifeless, miserable existence that squashes human potential, but to a rich, full, joyful life, one overflowing with meaningful activities under the personal favor and blessing of God and in continual fellowship with his people.

My life does overflow with meaningful activities and fellowship with God’s people … and with those who have yet to receive the gift of salvation He offers. And, in this season of life, that also means I’m pretty busy.

But here’s the thing: it’s okay! I’ve spent a lot of time in the past paring down my schedule and creating all kinds of empty space on my calendar. And it was good.

Now I’m in a different place … spiritually, mentally, emotionally. And I’m also in a different season with my family and my ministry.

So, to the ones reading bits of blog posts and books in the car line …
And to those who are trying to catch their breath in between big projects at work …
And to the ones who can’t keep the laundry caught up because the ball games never seem to end …
And to the ones who are caring for aging parents or grandparents while trying to keep dinner cooked for the family at home ….
And to all the ones who are busy doing all the good things God has allowed during this season …

To you from me —welcome! I’m glad you are here. And also, girl, I feel ya! And I’m here to offer you heartfelt encouragement, practical applications, and hopefully some genuine community along the way.

xo,
Teri Lynne

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