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It’s Okay To Quit

“She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly.” Lamentations 1:9

Sometimes, life and time take over and you forget to stop and make that time your own.

2011 was a year that I let happen to me, and I spent the majority of it depressed and unmotivated. It must sound crazy from the outside to hear that 2011 was a hard year for me spiritually and emotionally because so many amazing things happened. I sold tons of eBooks and earned a full-time income, I got two publishing deals, got asked to speak at various events, and was even about to start a new conference. Life from the outside was a dream come true.

On the inside of this life, I was sad, and lost, and didn’t know what I was doing. I felt overwhelmed, tired, depressed, and alone. I was busy, and I didn’t take the time to eat the Word that my soul so desperately needed. I was going and going and trying to make it on my own, without trying. I didn’t pursue any of the things that happened to me, and while I am excited about them, and thankful for them, I didn’t really choose. I let things happen. It’s a strange thing when you are thrilled about something you get to do because you love it, while also feeling torn and stretched and confused about whether or not you should be doing it. And then it happens, and it’s good, and you see God all over it and you praise Him. But you are awakened to the fact that you must fight for the small, even in the blessing.

I know that God is allowing me to write, and He’s given me a platform for which to share messages that matter. I love that. I also know that I must not let life happen to me, the stakes are too high. I do not want to regret my life. I accept happily what God has chosen to give me, and I’m walking it out by faith, but I also know that I must be alert and intentional even more so now.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.” Luke 12:48 NASB

I must commit to being in the Word daily. I must commit to daily searching my heart for idols. I must commit to fight for and manage my time. I must commit to not give in to my emotions, but to overcome and daily accept His grace and truth. A wise woman does these things. I remember Sally Clarkson telling me a while ago, “We need the women who will do the work now with their children so they have something worth saying later.” The world needs messages of integrity from those who have done the work.

The last few weeks I’ve made some hard decisions, decisions that will let people down and perhaps give me a bad reputation. I’ve quit some things. The thing is, my reputation with my family is most important. I still feel the sting of my own foolishness by committing to things without counting the cost; I will count the cost from now on. I will wait.

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?” Luke 14:27-28 NASB

I’m sharing these things with you because it’s part of my story. I struggle with the tension of being fully home for family and walking by faith into a public arena I believe that God has prepared for me. It’s an ongoing push-pull in my spirit, but I think that’s part of what it feels like to walk by faith. And if I’m going to accept this platform and give it my time, it better matter; my words had better matter. I don’t take this lightly, this is my life, my family’s life.

Yesterday I announced that I was canceling the Allume Heart Spring conference (the fall conference is still on). I was afraid that people would be angry and tell me how much I had let them down, but that didn’t happen. I received dozens of emails and messages thanking me for putting my family before my work. It made me realize that women are craving leaders who put their families first. Do you know how much that encourages my heart? Deeply.

God affirmed me in the struggle.

He works in the tension.

I will keep telling my stories and I will write, for such a time as this, but it must be for His glory. It must.

Are you struggling with something you think you need to quit because it is taking too much time from your family? I want you to know, it’s okay to quit.

Really.

God knows, and He is before you and He is after you. And if you know Him, you are in His will right now. By faith, my friend, all by faith.

“…whatever is not from faith is sin.” Romans 14:23

What do you need to quit?

Love, SM

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  • mujer_radiante

    “women are craving leaders who put their families first” YES, Yes!  Thanks for sharing your heart…and for setting the example. God bless!

  • HopeUnbroken

    this is beautiful.  timely and relevant.  i love sally’s words. . . about doing the work now so we have something to share later.  yes!  it is too easy to let the work slide by, and assume that we already have all the knowledge to share.  there is a fine balance to be found.  
    so encouraging this day.  thank you for having the courage to share your heart, and to follow through with the leading of the Lord.
    blessings on your day!
    steph

    • Carebrooks9

      Sarah – you have touched me in so many ways. We have similar pasts and you give me hope. Please pray that He leads me through a conflicted time in my life and that my marriage and walk with Him become the number one priorities.

      Love & Blessings,

      Cari Brooks

  • http://www.marinateblog.com/ Aprile

    “There is one thing worse than failing before men and that is being successful in things that don’t matter to God.” I heard that in a sermon years ago and have that written in the front cover of my Bible – a much needed reminder for me to, as you so beautifully wrote, “fight for the small.” Because the “small” in the world’s eyes is often the “big” in God’s. What do I need to quit? Nothing at the moment, but once my son was born I had to come to grips with the fact that my Bible teaching ministry had to be scaled back BIG TIME. I had to embrace the fact that sometimes the most personally fulfilling ministry is NOT the most important.

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      That quote, thank you!

      • http://myplacebythesea.blogspot.com/ Mary Curry

         Aprile, Thank you for sharing that quote. I’m going to print that out and carry it with me. I need to remember that.

    • http://truthinweakness.blogspot.com/ tanya @ truthinweakness

      love that quote, april. pretty sure it’s from francis chan’s crazy love, yes? (i keep hearing his name come up — think it’s high time to read some of his stuff!)

      • http://truthinweakness.blogspot.com/ tanya @ truthinweakness

        ACK! after reading your name, & consciously thinking what a beautiful spelling you have, somehow i still managed to forget the E! sorry about that, & you have my full permission to spell my name with an O. 😉

    • http://www.ohthatstasty.com/ Jana @ oh, that’s tasty!

      Aprile – I was going to ask you who said this, but I just googled it: Oswald Chambers. Thanks to you both; good stuff! And as a mom to two college-aged kids, let me say that you will NOT regret saying no to things that take you away from mothering. Mothering is a season with an end date; a career is not.

  • http://www.encouragingheartsathome.com Misty Krasawski

    Yes. Bless you, friend–praying He’s meeting you and guiding you every moment!

  • http://www.anothernewseason.com Donna S

    Thank you Thank you Thank you Sarah… Just what I needed to read this morning! I’m feeling that same push-pull. Deciding to cancel Allume Heart just confirms to me that your heart is in the right place. I’m inspired, encouraged and challenged by you, Sarah!  Thank you!

  • Rosann

    Sarah, I just wrote about this (somewhat) on my ChristianSuperMom blog a few days ago.  It seems like I’ve done so much the past year and my family (my children) are left sitting on the back burner.  It crushes my heart to feel like I want it all, but need to choose.  If only there were more hours in the day.  I have more ideas in my head than I have time to bring to life.  I love God and I love where He has brought me… I just have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing next.  Do I jump at the awesome business opportunity that has presented itself?  Do I continue blogging, just less about my life and more purposeful?  Do I give up on promoting my book?  Do I walk away from it all and be a mom in this season which will be gone all too quickly?  So many questions and I just don’t know the answers.  I’ve been soul searching the past few days.  I may not know “celebrity life” as you have come to know, but I do know exactly how you feel. 

    Blessings,
    ~Rosann

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Rosann, we are so much alike, my friend. I completely get the more ideas than time thing! Keep asking those question, He’ll answer. Just wait.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com/ Eileen

    ” I will keep telling my stories and I will write, for such a time as this, but it must be for His glory. It must.”   And when we “quit” for the right reasons God will  bless this!

  • http://memyselfandmercy.blogspot.com/ Mary Bonner

    It takes such courage to do the right thing.  You have been on my heart and mind so much the last few weeks.  I have really been praying for you.  Thank you for following the Lord’s lead and taking a stand.  Thank you for being so honest and transparent in this post.  

  • http://joyfulmothering.net Christin

    Love you xoxo Your words are beautiful.

    ” women are craving leaders who put their families first”. Yes. Yes we are.

  • http://twitter.com/moretobe Elisa Pulliam

    Thanks for your transparency, Sarah Mae.  I get where you are at and I will continue to pray for God to lead you as you bless your family with your attention, time, and love.  

  • http://aboverubies.net/ jasmine

    Yes, Sarah Mae. I’ve had to quit several things and have struggled with my decision to do so, but I know God is in all of it.

    Still, it is a push and pull situation. It helps me read that you are going through a similar process. I have felt alone through my own process. 

  • Ashley Johns

    Oh Sarah, thank you for this. I needed it today. And I’m so thankful you are obedient and willing to go against the grain when necessary for the sake of obedience!

  • http://bohemianbowmans.com/ Jessica

    I totally respect your decision to quit.  🙂

  • Amanda Mianecki

    Sarah Mae, I applaud you and thank you for your words.  This very week, I have been convicted to reassess EVERYTHING that my family and I are involved in.  I’m clearing out everything for now except for homeschooling and blogging.  I, too, need to focus on my little people (and my hubby).  Way to go, sister!  You are a blessing!

  • http://profiles.google.com/bethwillismiller Beth Willis Miller

    Thank you, Sarah Mae, for your consistent transparency…so refreshing…I so-o-o agree with what you said, “I didn’t take the time to eat the Word that my soul so desperately needed”…it makes all the difference in how I see myself, my family, and my circumstances, when I take the time to wallpaper my mind with God’s Word daily…I share my journey on my blog… 
    http://bethwillismiller.blogspot.com/

  • Amanda Mianecki

    Oops.  I meant to leave that comment as Mandy and leave a link to my last blog post where I wrote about this exact issue.  http://hissongtomeshalom.blogspot.com/2012/04/alleluia.html

  • http://graceformymess.com/ Jana

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for being “the real deal”. I think I am more proud of you for taking this oh-so-difficult step than I was for dreaming up Allume Heart in the first place. God bless you as you “fight for the small” and encourage others to do the same. 

  • Beth Williams

    I must commit to daily searching my heart for idols. I must commit to not give in to my emotions, but to overcome and daily accept His grace and truth.   My problem is with my job–I enjoy working (sorta). 

    My emotions are a huge problem for me, especially in the last 6 months with changes at work.  Just today as I walked into work, threw stuff down and rushed to get chores done–I cried–mad tears about the many changes in work & could feel myself talking a little harshly to my co-workers.

    I like my co-workers, but not the job.  My mood is fine at home & even on the way to work some, but step into the office & Kablam–here comes the devil & bad tude.

    Pray for my attitude to get better & be more Christlike!

    Bless you for realizing that family/you come first!  If you don’t take care yourself then you won’t be able to care for the wonderful family God has blessed you with!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      I’m praying for you right now.

    • http://altarofheaven.wordpress.com/ arcelia

      I will pray for you too Beth…I understand.

    • Bonnie

       Beth, I can completely relate and was thinking of my own job while reading this post. My job allows me to work from home and to be with my children but I don’t truly enjoy it anymore. More and more responsibilities are being piled on, which defeats the purpose of being home with them- they have to go to a sitter or spend too much time playing independently. I have been praying and praying to be more Christlike as well. To spend more time reading my Bible. To know what to do about this job. To be the person that He created me to be! I will pray for you and your attitude so that it can get better… or, perhaps have the understanding as to what you could change at work to make it better as well.
      Blessings,
      Bonnie

  • http://www.triplebraidedlife.com/ Brenda

    As a soon-to-be first-time mom I need Christian women who are role models and leaders in the midst of all the “shoulds” in this world, and I thank you for being one of those women. 🙂 You’re a blessing!

  • Kristine McGuire

    Oh girl, can I ever relate to this post. You are moving forward with wise choices and that always honors God. Thank you for such an honest post. 

  • Leah

    Sarah Mae I commend you for stepping out and doing the hard things for the sake of your family. I myself felt led to give up some things this last year and I just kept putting it off and putting it off until finally my life became so difficult to deal with simply because I wasn’t obedient to the Lord’s promptings. As soon as I gave those things up, a weight felt like it was literally lifted off my shoulders. I pray for you this next season of your life that God does a great work in you and shows you things that you have maybe been waiting for. Thank you for your writing. It is truly an encouragement to hear from somebody so real in their faith and walk with the Lord. God bless you and your family!

  • MandyHoffman

    simply beautiful….

  • septemberanne

    The hardest decisions made right will always bring you peace.  For this I have learned also.  Praying for you – As you walk by Faith and not by sight. ((Hugs))

  • Momomarie79

    For me, when this has occured in my life and I find my to-do list to be daunting & exhausting, it is usually because I have allowed the ‘fear of man’ to dictate my actions more than God’s will.  I commit to a task that, in essence, is a good option but in reality it isn’t the best option.  Deep down I don’t want to let everyone down, I want to serve & help and it can’t be all that bad if it’s ‘for the Lord’, right?!  Not if my heart wasn’t in the right place to begin with.  When I fall out of regular reading of the Word and it becomes more about my outward appearance to those around me vs. what God really has set before me – that’s when I fail.  It’s a delicate balance that I’m forever struggling with. . . . and probably always will. 

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Yes, yes, yes. 

  • Cre8ivemomof3

    your post has me in tears. so true. i know that God wants me to quit some things…now struggling with the “which ones” thank you for your timely, encouraging word. it takes courage to do what God has asked you to do, but He is who it’s all for! thanks for being obedient!

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      It’s hard to know what to quit, but just keep asking Him and I really believe He’ll show you. 🙂

  • Meekandchic

    I have quit lots of things over the years and have said ‘no’ to a lot of good things that weren’t ‘God things’ foe thus season of my life. So, what I need to quit most is wasting time! Off I go to to enjoy the small things=)

  • Kathy

    Beautiful. Obedience is beautiful. Mercy is beautiful. Jesus in His people….beautiful!

  • http://profiles.google.com/cassandra.dorman Cassandra D

    Praise God.  We are all behind you 100%.  You are an example and your faith and obedience will inspire so many women. PS. I’m struggling with the same things right now – it is so easy for us to be pulled a hundred different directions. It is in those quiet times we can see so much more clearly…  (big hug)  Cassandra @ The Unplugged Family

  • Dominique Culver

    This is awesome Sarah Mae.  I am a blog follower. I love to read your blogs. Your so real and encouraging. But I always wonder how you do it all. When I read blogs sometimes I just feel like I must not be doing enough because I can’t see how all these women do everything. I respect you so much for posting this. I know that women all over will understand this and really feel connected with the choices your having to make. Sometimes its so hard to choose between good and best. I know God is going to bless you for your discernment.  

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      I fight doing too much ALL. THE. TIME. And when I try and do too much, my family suffers. Period.

      Something always gives. You can’t have it all. I think this is why it has been so hard for me to stay in the tension, but I really believe God has asked me to keep going, by faith, and so I am. If that stops, I’ll stop. But I am not immune to the struggle, the allure of “fame”, all of it. At the end of the day though, all I want is Him, and to please Him.

  • Redeemed98

    Sometimes we forget that our most important job is our families! I agree that women are craving other women who put their families first. I am looking for friends, Christian friends who do this! Thank you for your post, it’s very encouraging, as I have spent some time feeling just as you did- you explained it well. I feel the same as you, I have been trying to do all in my own strength, and fail. Only through Jesus, can we succeed, and find the strength, peace, joy, and contentment we desire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elizabeth-P-Deans/1440903668 Elizabeth P. Deans

    I am so glad that others responded to you positively. I love that you are not just talking about putting family first but you are SHOWING me how to put family first.

  • Jeannie

    What you’re doing is admirable!  And I agree with the commentary that the public is not suffering because your family comes first.  It inspires us all to prioritize.

  • Stacithomas

    “Women are craving leaders who put their families first.”  Yes!!!!!  I need women who tell me it’s okay to quit career and embrace motherhood, despite the fact that it’s not valued by our culture because there isn’t a paycheck. I am so tired of working so hard at being a housewife/mother/homeschooler and feeling absolutely worthless.

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    I so needed this today. Thank you!

  • http://GoodStewardess.com/ Deb

    Thanks for this: “And if I’m going to accept this platform and give it my time, it better matter; my words had better matter.” It’s so important to consider what we do and who we do it for. I need this reminder constantly.

    I also love Aprile’s quote below: “There is one thing worse than failing before men and that is being successful in things that don’t matter to God.” 

  • http://www.momsinneedofmercy.com/ Cheryl

    Hi Sarah, I’m always so encouraged that God shows us what we need to know for our individual stories and our families. I applaud your decision! I’m proud of you! I know Sally is your mentor, and what she wrote once in Seasons of a Mother’s Heart about her decision to stop her newsletter really ministered to me. And look at her now! She put her ministry career on hold to a large extent while she was raising her children and now she has more time to devote to it full-time that they are mostly out of the house (except for Joy!).

    I think the other part of the discussion is that as women, it can be so easy for those who also feel called to write and speak to look at women such as you (who homeschool and have small children) who are writing/speaking successfully semi-full-time from home and feel a sting of jealousy. “Why can they do it, when I can’t?”

    I wrote about the conclusions I reached prayerfully here and hope you can find a few minutes to read it! http://momsinneedofmercy.blogspot.com/2011/11/im-mommy-not-mompreneur-part-1.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trina-Holden/515132083 Trina Holden

    I can relate to your struggle so, so much – I feel like I’m on the brink of a season I may look back on with the same thoughts – “What happened back there? Did I choose that, or did I just let it happen?” And so, your example, honesty, and encouragement are giving me confidence to make some hard decisions. 

    Can’t thank you enough. Hugs.

  • Jamie

    Thank you.  This was written just for me today.

  • http://twitter.com/phoward336 Pam Howard

    Wonderful post!  I often find myself ignoring what I should be focusing on for something that in the bigger picture isn’t very important.  Great reminder to keep my focus where it belongs.

  • http://www.mattloveshannah.com/ Hannah McKay

    This grabbed hold of me: ” I must commit to being in the Word daily. I must commit to daily searching my heart for idols. I must commit to fight for and manage my time. I must commit to not give in to my emotions, but to overcome and daily accept His grace and truth.” This is the cry of my heart right now!

  • http://relevantbrokenness.com/ Marni Arnold

    Sarah, these words emulate where I am at…and have been for months. Thank you for scrawling them. I am printing them out so I can ponder on them, pray over them into my own life, and see what God needs for me to let go of so I can enjoy this life He given me to live…not just exist in.

  • Marianne

    This has been on my heart so much lately.  A friend reminded me that we sometimes have to give up things that are good for what is BEST.  That is what you are doing.  By being open with this, you are encouraging everyone who reads this to do the same.  God is using you still – just not the way you expected?  Thank you for posting.  I am blessed.

  • Goodoldhousehold

    I’m so struggling with blogging.. Thank you for this positive post. I’m still not sure to quit blogging, but your writing will give me another way of thinking about it.
    Thanks!

  • Corli

    Thank you for asking the question.

  • http://tamiellison.wordpress.com/ Tami

    Sarah Mae, I have enjoyed your posts so much lately. I have found myself putting the computer down, and taking my children in my lap more often, thanks to your encouragement.  
    As a pastor’s wife, I am very familiar with the difficult choices we have to make to please God and not men.  I also hate to let people down!  And in the right now, it seems easier to tell the little ones they must wait.  But the fruit we will bear if we continue down that path will be bitter fruit, I am afraid!  So, thanks again for your transparent reminder.

  • http://www.biaswonderyears.blogspot.com/ Bia

    Thank you for this.  You have no idea how timely your sharing of this is, to me.
    God knows what we need to hear, when our hearts are ready and hungering for it.
    You are a beautiful woman, and the Lord rejoices over you with singing.
    Thank your for not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk, and allowing us to learn from you.
    All glory and honor be to our God, whom we love!

  • http://myplacebythesea.blogspot.com/ Mary Curry

    SarahMae, kudos to you for making the choice you needed to make. I think sometimes we think of sacrifice as eliminating things to make room for more but sometimes, like now, you have to eliminate to make room for more important.
    Blessings on you as you work to meet the challenge.

  • Stacey

    “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

    I believe you have chosen what is most important.  I pray that I will make the same choice, daily, as I fight with my own selfish desires to do what makes ME happy, and not what is best for my kids.

  • Lenorediviney

    I have stepped away from music ministry for almost a year since my third child was born. It has been difficult but I know God is telling me to take my time. Thank you for affirming that this morning. He has always been faithful to open doors when the time is right!

  • http://candelierious.blogspot.com Lis

    This is beautiful and so needed for women to read.  I do not see it as “quitting.”  It’s putting your priorities in order and being okay with letting go.  That’s a positive! Thanks for being an encouragement and Godly example.  I often feel the same struggle.

  • Mrscrystaltoy

    Your title drew me in today, its because I’ve been struggling with the same thing. After working my scentsy business for 2.5 years I became a director in the fall, but recently have beeni working more than I want. I’ve committed myself to praying about what god wants me to do. I waver everyday, every hour, it seems! You words today are an encouragement.

  • Cboltnv

    We must do the things given well and when we are doing to many things we cant give them all our very best 100% so kuddos to you for being so honest we NEED leaders whom are openly honest that they too cannot “DO IT ALL” so thank you

  • LouanneMason

    Please don’t EVER worry about putting your family first. I have been in your exact doing a “good thing” and being a part of a ministry, but my family  had to come first. Peace to you.

  • http://mrsdings.blogspot.com/ Shannon Deterding

    Just wanted to add my support. Thanks for quitting the good for the better. Love the Sally quote too. Reading Mission of Motherhood now, on your recommendation. So much great in there. 

  • SC

    Bravo!  I respect you so much more for this post.  You are right, women do need to see other women putting their families first.  Honestly, I think that too many women are trying to find their self worth in the social media world and it’s scary.  We need examples, not people to make us feel like we aren’t living up to a certain standard, aren’t doing enough to save the world, aren’t earning an income, aren’t in the “in crowd” of the Christian/homeschooling blogging/social media world.  It’s draining and not worth our families.  You are right, no regrets!!!  I’d rather read a few well thought out posts from someone that a new post everyday just for the sake of posting. 

  • http://www.brownpaperandstrings.com/ Jamie H

    Thank you so much for sharing this, and yes, I commend your choice!  🙂 

    Matt 6:33 – seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

  • Audrey

    This is so good and such an encouragement.  I’ve been a SAHM for almost 1 year now.  I gave up a really good job and cut our family finances in half.  I am so thankful for the oppurtunity and wouldn’t take anything to be home during these crucial years.  But this has been a very tough year.  I’ve reached for a new norm and I’ve seen that I can be home and still be so far from my children’s hearts.  Thank you for this reminder.

  • Shanniel Shakespeare

    God Bless your heart!!

  • http://www.mercyfoundme.com/ Jacque Watkins

    This, just this…“We need the women who will do the work now with their children so they have something worth saying later”…this inspires me. Thank you for you brave leadership and your passion for spending time daily with God. His Word is our answer and He is faithful to lead and guide us each step of the way. I’m revisiting my priorities today, because of your words, and want you to know I’m thankful for your courage in saying them and your care for us as sisters in Christ. May you experience God’s sweetest blessings as you place Him at the top of it all!

  • Shell @2BeStill

    I absolutely had my heart SET on that Allume Heart spring conference, and yet I am so glad that you made this decision for you and your family.  Like you said, we are looking for women who will commit to truly putting their families first.  You’re leading by example.  Thank you! 
     Oh, and funny enough, I had already made a decision to quit something this week.  I love the encouragement you added for me to do so! 

  • Susan M

    You are speaking to my heart, thank you for your honesty and for sharing your struggles.  God bless you!  And THANK YOU for being a woman who puts her family first, you are being a great example under the push-pull stress so many of us are under.  YOU ARE fighting the good fight and running the race to His glory!

  • Stephanie Glidden

    I know when a woman such as you, whom so many of us respect and admire, does something as bold and brave as this, it lets us all breathe a sigh of relief. I think that any of us looking from the outside in would love to have the success you have had, and seeing that you have achieved it inspires all of us to achieve it. When you are brave enough to share your heart like this, brave enough to put your family first, you inspire us to still succeed, but in all the right things.
    Blessings, Stephanie
    http://www.walkingthroughthevalley.com

    • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

      Thank you, Stephanie. So much.

  • Lisa May

    I needed these words now. We are nearing the end of another school year. My last with my little one home part of the day. With her being gone everyday in the mornings, I overcommitted this year. I am very anxious for summer to come, so I can rest and enjoy my children. I am praying about what to continue for next year. Thanks for bring open. 

  • http://wynnegraceappears.com/ Elizabeth

    Oh what peace you must have in your spirit and in your home.  As I read about you walking through this decision, I know now that you are beginning to come to a place well on the other side and you must be resting in calm and in comfort.  Bless you and your family.  My children are 22, 17, and 16 and I have made similar decisions in my time as a momma.  Cherish this time of teaching them and just being with them.  You will surely sense God’s affirmation and confirmation that this was a time to step back with them.  May you find continued peace.  And I do so enjoy your posts.  Thanks for using your gifts and for sharing them with us.  Grateful.

  • MaryKay

    I am moved.  My children are grown or almost there and I have the luxury to be “home alone” daily.  It seems most women my age (50s) are going back to work when they hit this milestone.  There is SO MUCH I can do at home now that I haven’t been free to do while I homeschooled my little ones–baking, sewing, DIY projects, and ALWAYS there is prayer and God’s Word to read–yes BATHE in. I am thankful that you have spoken out.

  • Blessedlindsey

    Thank you for this post. It was very reassuring to me ask just recently quit my Children’s Ministry position to follow the Lord’s leading for my family. It was such a hard decision as I really enjoy the work and have seen God moving and blessing the ministry but I knew it was a season in my family’s life that I must be focused on the home. I have committed to waiting on the Lord and not jumping into anything new without being confident He is calling me there. Thank you for sharing your heart, it blessed me. Praying you are steadfast in your commitment and He is ever before you!

  • 4collinscorner

    My children are grown, we’re past home-schooling days, they are young adults now.  And I don’t know why I was thinking this last night, (but I often ponder things in the middle of the night when I’m having trouble sleeping)…but I was thinking on how daily, daily, daily, we women must be reminded who we are serving.  What is the calling God has given us as wives and mothers?  After God, husbands, after husbands, our children, after our children…everything else.  We’ve got to remember 1st things 1st.  Good for you Sarah Mae, for pulling back, and for being brave enough to know when to say “no”.  We all have that battle every single day, self-centered or self-sacrificing?  That battle is still here, even when the children have grown.  We’ve got to encourage one another to stay in the WORD daily.  Young and old, full house or empty house…let’s keep encouraging one another to follow hard after HIM.

  • http://www.clearlyliving.blogspot.com/ Laura

    I was so pleased to read this post!  I had fasted blog reading for Lent so hadn’t been here in quite a while but before Lent began, I felt concerned for you, strange to say, I know, about someone I don’t know, but the recent (then) tone of your emails had struck me as sad and struggling through it.  I  sense a freshness and new purpose in my catching up!  Have said a prayer for clarity and new vision for you in your passion to serve God just as he asks of you!  Thanks for sharing!

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