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Burning the Candle at Both Ends

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Burning the Candle at Both Ends

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I'm sure you can relate!  Most women can. We have so many hats to wear and sometimes...well, we can't wear them all!

Life in our home has been filled these last 3 weeks with Speech/Debate Tournaments, Dance practices, overnight guests, business trips and conferences...and we have 1 more week to go! Not to mention the 2+ inches of ice we got that held us captive in our home. (Texas weather...you never can tell.)

You see, when our weeks are filled with extras and I am burning the candle at both ends...I must realize that I can't do it all! My house isn't as clean as I would like it. I haven't cooked as many meals as I would like. The cupboards are scarce from lack of grocery shopping. The laundry is a little backed up. My first response, too often, is to be overwhelmed and upset.

However, this time, I am not overwhelmed or upset. You see, I made a choice.

I realized although we have "seen" each other, every day, and spent lots of time together in the confines of our vehicle, I hadn't really engaged my family in meaningful relationship. So, I chose to use whatever "free" time I had to invest in my kids and my husband.

My house may not look as good as I want it to, but the 3 hour conversation with my children was worth every dust bunny that remains on my floor. I may not have prepared a fabulous dinner, but the time I would have spent cleaning the kitchen  was time I snuggled on the couch with my husband. I think he was fine with Pizza. {wink, wink} And I've done enough laundry that we don't look like Pig-pen with our dirt cloud following us when we are out and about.

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I can make it through 4 weeks of crazy as long as I prioritize our "unscheduled" time. I can "do" not being home, if I can connect with the heart-strings of my husband and children when we ARE home. I can "do" late nights and long drives if I don't forget the refueling in the morning with my Savior and the snuggles and laughs with my family.

So...as week 4 of Crazy begins in our home, I say BRING IT! I will choose to invest in the important...the eternally significant, and enjoy the ride. I will choose not to be dismayed and overwhelmed. I will be a life-giver, even if there are dust bunnies and dishes waiting to be tended.

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Does This Hat Fit?

In the past I have written about being authentic and about the many Hats I wear.  I know you, too, have a plethora of hats that you adorn as you live our your life. I still struggle, however with fully embracing each one of them.  The hats seem to be so very different. It gives me cause to question each ones authenticity in my life.  Am I merely playing dress-up, or are the hat tailor-made specifically for me?

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I have been speaking to the Lord about this. He is patient with me, as I have asked these questions many times before. He reminds me that I am created in HIS image, not the image that others created of me...or even the image I try to create in myself!  In short, as long as I am wearing the hats HE has tailor-made to fit me...I am wearing the right hat.

I have to take inventory, though, and purge the ones that don't fit.  The hats that others have given me.  The ones I have made and/or altered.  The ones that might look good, but aren't truly mine.  It's not easy.  It's not fun. It's a "letting go" process...but on the other hand it's Christmas!  The hats the Lord has given me to wear are more beautiful than any I could dream up on my own.  They fit better than the ones others have given me. They reflect who I am better than the ones I have tried to alter.

I have my own personal milliner...and He is a MASTER at his craft!  When I walk in the hats He gives me...I am confident.

Have you gone through your hat closet lately to inspect whose hat you're wearing?

Katie

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Being Me...Authenticity

I am a wife, a mom, a cook, a playmate, a school teacher, a daughter, a friend, a mentor, a mentee, a blogger, a home school group coordinator...the list goes on.  The point is: I wear a lot of hats!

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Sometimes I put on a hat and I feel confident. Sometimes a hat makes me feel insecure or small.  Some of my hats fit and are comfortable until I try to change them up.

My point is...I need to be who and what God designed me to be!  He gave me a beautiful wardrobe, per say, of hats that were made JUST for me. I have my own personal Milliner...and so do you.  He is a master artist!

Around the Holidays I blogged about Fitting into a Box...TWICE! I wrote about trying to be someone and something I am not.  Today, as I am praying about what I am supposed to look like to others, how to represent Christ in my life outwardly, how to blog, school or keep house better, ect...I am, again, realizing that I need to be who I am created to be. I need to be Authentically ME!

I struggle not to be one who looks into the mirror God provides and IMMEDIATELY forget what I look like. (James 2:24-25) I want to wear each hat, that was made for me, with style and Grace. If a hat doesn't fit right, I need to ask the Lord if it is one he made, or one I picked out on my own.  If it's one from Him...His design...then I need to be confident that He has my best interest at hand and has equipped me to wear it with style. If it's a hat I have chosen on my own, well...I need to take it off and get rid of it!

I pray I will be Authentic. That people will know who I am in Christ and that, although I have many hats, each one, I pray, is one from my Master Milliner...Jesus Christ.

 Katie

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