“I put off a lot of things when the kids were all here under one roof. I focused on who needed to be where at what time. I facilitated family night. I felt mostly like hiding.
I was so busy functioning just to survive that I forgot about myself. How about you? Are so fiercely trying to keep your head above water that you have forfeited being freshened?
As busy are you are; as frantic as your family seems to be, you have to create the space for firm boundaries so you can form a thought from time to time.
Jesus stole away to seek the Father’s guidance. He created the space and time just to be in prayer and communication with God. He sought that time with God to fill, replenish and rejuvenate His mind, body and soul – all to step back into His role and pour out Himself to those around Him.
You cannot pour into others until you are a filled vessel. If you are trying to give and give without receiving, then you are going to be pouring out impatience, anxiety, sarcasm, and lots of other nasty, not-nice qualities.
Go get your Bible. Open it up and pick a place to start. I recently started First Corinthians. Take some deep breaths. Ask God to show you something from the pages. Then pray over yourself and your husband, family, friends and anyone else you have had contact with who seemed like they needed some prayer.
Fill up first…then pour forth!
Blessings in your Blending!”
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(Women’s author, speaker and mentor Kristie Carpenter, aka The Blended Family Mom, has been a blended family/step mom since 2004; her blended family currently includes four children and four grandchildren. Follow Kristie on Facebook (facebook.com/theblendedfamilymom), Twitter (twitter.com/blendedfamilym), and Instagram (instagram.com/theblendedfamilymom/). Her books – “The Blended Family Mom,” and “Blended Mom Moments,” are both available on her website at theblendedfamilymom.com)
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