Hey sister friend!

Do you ever feel like you are constantly playing catch up and you are on the verge of a major burnout any minute now? I can totally understand! I have been there so many times!

It’s a struggle to find down time, especially around the holidays.

Since October our life has been crazy busy here at the Nelson household. My full time job requires a lot of attention, starting October and lasting throughout the holidays. Our personal life enters a fast paced season also.

Preparation for Christmas at our nonprofit starts months before to help those in need.

I love the fall season…the cool air is so refreshing after the long season of hot and muggy summer here in Florida. I love the change of colors in nature, the pumpkin flavored coffee, bonfire with the kiddos, smores, movie nights…etc.

I love this season! I love spending time together with our children and gathering with friends and family. So here lately I have wondered how I could maximize my time doing the things that truly give me joy and not just going through the motions during the Holidays.

I was listening to Jefferson Bethke talking about his new book called ” To Hell with The Hustle” . He was talking about how hustling is causing burnout, anxiety and loneliness. That is where Satan wants to keep you- may I add-busy and without any quality time.

We try so hard to hustle! But in the end we end up walking ahead of Jesus and not with Him!

He invites us not only into His presence and principals but his pace.

Wow… That totally hit home for me!

Countless times, I have run myself to the ground and constantly felt like I was running some sort of race and didn’t have time for the “fun” things. So many times I find myself frustrated, I feel like there is not enough time in a twenty four hour day! I know you understand, especially if you are momma!

What if there was a solution for all this madness? Don’t get me wrong I love working hard, but I also love the slow days. I think there should be a healthy balance of both! And that is why God created one day for resting.

Hebrews 4:10-11 

For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

It is imperative that we have a day set aside when we truly focus on our loved ones, do fun things and turn that phone off. That is why God created the Sabbath, so we can recharge and rest.

Do you have a day set aside when you can slow down and rest?

During the upcoming holidays are you being intentional how you spend your precious time with your loved ones? I challenge you to pick one day with your family members, go out in nature, go hike, ride bikes, go for a walk and at the end of the day you could even prepare a meal together.

Let God’s rhythm be present in your life!

Instead of running yourself to the ground sister enjoy the holidays this year!

We were made for less! Less hustle and more joy.

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