I’m feeling it again.
The tug in every direction. The desire to be in two places at once.
The strain of a few poor choices which have left my schedule fuller than I’d like.
If you’re a woman who feels the demands of work, volunteer, church, family, friends and self-care are too much to handle, you’re not alone.
If you’re a leader of any sort of group, you may feel overwhelmed at the responsibility, haunted by your lack of ability or intimidated by the many items on your to-do list. You’re not alone.
If you’re a mom who desires to do a good job working in or outside the home, taking care of the home, taking care of her children and husband, you’re not alone.
I have been called to lead my children, my team in my direct-sales business and some of you via this blog. By the end of 2016, I was tired and confused as to how to make it all work. How was I supposed to be able to lead well when I don’t even feel like I know what I’m doing half the time? Where do I start with all my crazy ideas? How do I best manage my time? As 2017 approached, I sat paralyzed like a deer in the headlights thinking,
“Ok, now what? How do we handle the responsibilities and tasks and obligations?”
That’s when the Lord guided me to this passage that has been my anchor through all of 2017:
Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here…And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” –Exodus 33:12-15, 17
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I bowed in worship:
Lord, you had been telling me to lead my children and my team and the blog readers but I don’t know where to start and then once I start where to go and then once I’m on the road, where to end up! I know my calling and I know you are pleased, but please teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.
The Lord responded:
My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
I clung to His feet and begged:
If your Presence does not go with me, do not send me up from here. Don’t let me move from this spot until you say move. Don’t let me start one more project or set one more goal unless You’re in it. Don’t let me go my own way unless You’re with me. When You say rise, I’ll rise; when You say go, I’ll go; but when you say stay and sit and be still, please help me obey!
The Lord answered:
I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name. I will call you back if you tune your heart to me. I will still your soul if you seek me first. I will draw you close and keep you here if you quiet your mind long enough to ask me.
There is hope! There is direction! There is Love waiting to direct you. The Good Shepherd is waiting to lead His leaders. I still don’t have a lot of direction, but I have an abundance of confidence in the Lord. I’m waiting like the Israelites waited trying to follow the pillar of cloud/fire. When you feel pulled in a thousand different directions, pause and reflect on these verses.
Sit and be still and say,
“Do not send me up from here unless You go with me. Direct me. Guide me. Humble me. Lead me. I can’t move until You clearly say move because I don’t want to be anywhere You are not.”
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