There is a season for everything.
A season to play. A season to work.
A season to spend. A season to save.
A season to be a mom 24/7 with a busy house of
demanding growing kids. A season to be an empty nester who can’t wait until the kids come home to visit.
Like many of you, I’m in that 24/7 busy mom stage. Like you, I ask myself, will things ever slow down?
We used to think things were busy when our kids were in diapers. Then they went to preschool and started play dates. We used to think things were busy when our kids were in preschool. Then they went to grade school and started homework and organized sports. We used to think things were busy when our kids were in grade school. Then they went to middle school and started social events and travel sports.
In answer to the above question – Will things ever slow down? – the answer is (probably) yes. Just not for a long time. Which means we need to push the pause button repeatedly.
Like it or not, we just can’t get everything done. We can’t do it all.
For me, I’ve had to push the pause button in an area that is near and dear to my heart. Writing. Sure, I know it’s not forever. My husband tells me “you’ll have time to write again in a few years.” I know he is probably right. I even plan to write some this fall when the kids go back to school. But that doesn’t make it any easier. The fact of the matter is this. I have to give up things that I love for people I love. This is just the way life is. This is my season as a working mom. A season I wouldn’t trade for anything.
If you’re a busy working mom, you can probably relate. Maybe you’ve given up your social life (I did that for about 7 years). Or you’ve given up tennis or sailing or painting. Maybe you’ve even given up a Bible study or volunteer work (gasp!) so you can spend more time with your family.
That doesn’t mean it’s forever. Just for a season.
Where have you had to push the “pause button”? Have you allowed yourself to put something important on hold for this season?
To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8