When You Feel too Busy to Enjoy Life

When You Feel too Busy to Enjoy Life

January 26, 2016

"LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered — how fleeting my life is." Psalm 39:4 (NLT)

Alli Worthington

I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide.

Somehow in the rush of my crazy busy schedule and all the demands on my time and attention, I found myself in a crowded airport, realizing I had left my cell phone in the shuttle from the hotel. I asked the couple in front of me if I could borrow their phone so I could call my own phone and ask the shuttle driver to please return it to me.

As I dialed my number and waited for the shuttle driver to answer, an embarrassing thing happened: Right there in the airport, surrounded by people, my bra started ringing.

I had tucked my phone in my bra, totally forgotten about it, freaked out thinking I had lost it and then called it right there in line! (Can you even imagine?)

On the flight home, I worked hard to not make eye contact with anyone else and thought about how my life had become so exhaustingly busy.

"I have to get off the hamster wheel. I have to be made for more in my life than just running in circles. This busyness is breaking me."

My husband Mark and I have five sons, and at that point in our lives we were both working full time, leading a church small group, teaching on Sunday mornings and if that weren’t enough, he even coached pee-wee football. On the outside we looked like a happy all-American family (or at least we did on Instagram and Facebook — isn’t that how it always is?) … but on the inside I was exhausted and burned out. And I was way too busy to actually enjoy life.

The crazy part of it all is that everything we were doing in our lives was, in itself, a good thing. But we had to admit to ourselves that doing all of it together at the same time was killing us.

Between our scheduled commitments, the little things that popped up daily and the needs of all five kids, we barely made time for ourselves, each other and God. Sure, we were serving and leading, but the mad-dash schedule of one thing after the next didn’t leave us with any room to rest or be restored. We were running on empty and had the frazzled nerves to prove it.

The Bible teaches us another way to live: to keep our hearts and our minds focused on the things that really matter in our lives.

The Psalmist said, "LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered — how fleeting my life is" (Psalm 39:4).

Just as we read in today’s key verse, being aware that my days are short helps me remember to focus on the things that bring real happiness, peace and purpose to my life: my relationship with Christ, my family and my relationships.

I’ve learned that by staying focused on the big things in life, I’m better at protecting my time from the little things that creep in and make my life crazy busy.

Maybe you can relate. Maybe you’ve felt the demands of all those little things that seem so urgent in life? You want to finish your Bible study, but those piles of laundry must get done. You want to sit down at the end of a long day and read books to the little ones but your mind can’t get away from those work emails that need to get answered. The struggle is real.

I’ve learned the best way to keep my heart and mind focused is by keeping my to-do list focused as well.

Lord, help me keep fighting the good fight against busyness today. Remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Enable me to focus on the things You want me to do, not all the little things I worry about or think I should do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Ephesians 5:15-16, "So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days." (NLT)

Have you ever secretly felt like a fraud or failure as you struggle to find balance in life? Do you ever feel like life is just one cycle of crazy busy after another? Then it’s time to start Breaking Busy. Check out Alli Worthington’s new book, Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy.

Learn more about Alli on her website.

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What activities can you put on hold (even if it is just for a season) to allow yourself more breathing room?

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  1. Marguerite Robertson says:

    I really need this book!

  2. Love this! You captured my feelings exactly …especially about the “mad dash”! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This book sounds wonderful! I would love to have a copy.

  4. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, especially since the start of the new year. I tried to start off the year by being less busy but it’s easier said than done! I’ve been struggling to balance my life obligations and responsibilities with my own personal spiritual growth and relationship with God, family and friends. Although service to God is great, this year I really needed to pick and choose which ministries I can dedicate my time and energy to and which ones I need to let go of. I’ve also learned that, in addition to time spent with God, I also need to intentionally schedule in time for fun and relaxing things, remembering that God does not want me to be continually overwhelmed with responsibilities and things to do.

  5. Way too busy! This article speaks to me and the book would be awesome! Thanks!

  6. Would LOVE to read this book. As a military wife and a mom to 3 under the age of 4, its hard to remember to slow down and smell the flowers. Enjoy the little things, and not always rushing to the next thing. Time to stop SKIMMING through life.

  7. The irony for me is that I council young moms on avoiding busyness and yet continue to fight it myself. Would love to read this book!

  8. I so needed this reminder today. I have a tendency to overbook and overcommit. It typically leaves me worn down and burnt out. This is such a wonderful reminder of the true treasure in life. Thank you for this blessing!

  9. I’m at my breaking point!!!! I need to learn to do this.

  10. One of my statements today was that I needed to slow down. This is the first time in a very long time that I visited this website. Thank you for the scriptures and for saying to keep my to do list focused.

  11. I love this perspective. God’s perspective in His Word. That we are here ….but only for a moment. This helps us put life into clear perspective. I would adore any ideas to sharpen my focus in seeking Him ….and for some practical ‘next steps’ to step off the hamster wheel as life’s rapid pace continues.

  12. This devotion really hits home. I need to learn to focus on what is important in life and not worry about the insignificant “little things.” I have a new baby and he needs my attention and I need to raise him to know he is loved by me and God. Thank you for this.

  13. Carolyn Reardon says:

    I would love to read this book. I certainly could relate to her story. Over the last 6 months I have found myself too busy. I made the commitment to myself that I would slow down and find my time to rest, but doing it had been really tough.

  14. Please!!

  15. Anna in SC says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder tonight <3 We are building a house and I have been allowing myself to be crazy busy for almost 2 years now. It is just not worth it, just not right. Again, I thank you.

  16. Aubrey Storm says:

    I needed this. Thank you.

  17. I need to simplify more also. Between being a wife and mother to a 6 yr old, working full-time, being a worship leader and in ministry at two locations, attending a life group, my plate is super full. Hope this book will huve practical tips on changing.

  18. Holly Brown says:

    I really need this book! I feel that I am just pushing through life most days with little fulfillment.

  19. God always places things right when and where I need them. Perfect reminder to slow down and appreciate life.

  20. In this season of life, our lives are so busy. It happens so fast that at times you don’t even realize how overbooked they are. I just graduated with an associates degree and am pursuing my bachelors. There were several moments during the break in between that I felt like I needed to just focus on being a wife and a mom. I want my degree but would taking a semester off given me that room to breathe that I felt I needed or would it have just been filled with regrets that I should have kept pushing on. I would love a copy of the book! Would love to read it and then share it with others that may be feeling the same.

  21. Deborah Dorris says:

    I love books of self improvement. Would love to win this.

  22. I found myself saying I would love to read this book, but when would I have time? I have been on maternity leave w a child that came 7 weeks early and spent that time in the nicu. We finally came home and w that plus my two other kids, I’ve been seriously contemplating how to change my life to balance my family and work. It’s exhausting.

  23. I recently had this conversation with my employer. If my relationship with Christ is not right I am no good to anyone. I’m now trying hard to slow other things down as well. I look forward to reading this book whether free or purchased. It sounds like God is sounding an alarm on our busy work and calling us to sit at his feet.

  24. The struggle is real! Balancing being a military wife with 3 kids ( 6, 4, & 2) , life gets busy fast. This book sounds amazing!

  25. Thank God for this message! I needed to hear this- sometimes it feels like I never have enough time to get anything done anymore. It’s nice to know that God knows when you’re bearing a heavy load and are nearing your maximum limit. He really loves us. Thank you so much!

  26. Thank you for this…it is just what I needed to hear! β™‘

  27. This was perfect for what I needed to hear today. That is something I have been praying a lot about lately is to just be more “present” with my kids, husband, family. Many days when I lay down for the evening, I still feel overwhelmed. With just the busyness of life. And missing out on the little joys of life that God is trying to show me each day. Remembering to remind myself sometimes I just need to “Be Still”. I would love to have a copy of your book! Thanks so much for your website!

  28. Ashley Sacco says:

    Life is hectic being a mom, a wife, a friend, a military wife, etc. Busyness can sometimes side track us from the things that are the most important. But how do you find a balance? I know schedule is a routine and when not following a schedule, things tend to get choatic. I really struggle with balance. I think this book sounds amazing and would be a great tool to learn from.

  29. Completely burned out. Idk if this book will help me but if it can I’d love to receive one!!! Busyness is a serious life-sucker.

  30. Would love to read this book.

  31. Nikki Smith says:

    Just what I needed to hear!

  32. How blessed I’ll be to get the Book.

  33. Teresa Chapman says:

    Talk about hitting the nail on the head!!! This was a God-send message for me—I was even up at 12:50 am catching up on emails & prayer request and of course, doing my “to do” list for the next morning!! I’m too busy to even relax &restore my soul.

  34. Just decided to break my crazy busy schedule & enjoy life a few weeks ago. It’s been hard trying to slow down: harder than I thought it would be! Saying no to some requests has allowed me to say yes to God’s whisper & leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s worth the effort! Bless each of you as you find your space to breath.

  35. I need this book. My life is so crazy but I know it would be better if I put God first more.

  36. Merche Davidson says:

    I desperately need to stop breathing and start living. Breaking point :'(

  37. Excited for this book, thank you!

  38. I soooo need this book in my life. So much going on.

  39. This just captivated my attention! I feel like I’m drowning and would love this book!

  40. This devotion came at the perfect time! I will share this with my daughter tomorrow. She is registering for her freshman year in high school and has become overwhelmed with the thoughts of how she will be able to keep doing everything she has done while still having time for family, friends, and enjoying life. This will definitely help in our conversation on thinking about what makes her happy and ignites her passion. I want her to enjoy being a kid, not fall into the pressures of being everything to everyone. Thank you for this. Also, please keep Alisia in you prayers.

  41. Like in the story of Marta anda Maria. Always Jesus calls to us for being like Maria and choose the best part with Him β™‘ I would like to have the book.

  42. I needed to read this today. I am busy as a working mom/wife with kids who are busy with sports. But I surrounded by lovely women who’ve walked this parenting stage before me and who remind me this time is fleeting. Soon enough there will be no uniforms to wash, snacks to hurriedly prepare and games to rush to. I appreciate their wisdom but I long for a bit of down time. I want to stop feeling guilty that my to-do list grows rather than shrinks. I miss having girlfriends and spending quality time with my husband.

  43. Love this! I have been struggling with our schedule and this was a great reminder to slow down and focus on what matters.

  44. Oh my yes. πŸ™ I was just thinking this today. In fact, somehow, ever since I moved (we just bought our first house last summer) I have been unable to relax and feel any sort of peace, or enjoy my family. A month and a half after moving, I had baby #9, I homeschool, and my hubs is a roadmaster for a major RR. Which means not only does he work long hours, he’s on call 24/7 and even still has emails and texts and reports to attend to at home. We do AWANA every week here in town, and my oldest son was just promoted to staff sgt. in CAP (woot!) but that is 1 1/2 hrs driving each way because we moved to a tiny town with no local squadron. :/ I literally never get a break – I don’t even get to eat until afternoon because I keep running around doing stuff. Ugh. I really want to be more at peace and *enjoy* my time with my kids…

  45. Tracey Buckley says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I found myself going into December (15) and January this year completely exhausted I am wanting to focus on a healthier work/life balance.

  46. I so needed to read this at this very moment!

  47. I desperately need to learn how to achieve this. I too have five children that I homeschool, I am a pastors wife, teach twice a week at church and other speaking engagements. We to look like the all together family and people say I just don’t know how you do it. They say wonderful things about me and they have no idea how broken I feel inside. How much I desperately need more time with my Lord, my husband, and quality time focused on my children. I often think I am failing at the very thing I so desperately am working towards. My household is tense and my kids feel it. Anyway… I am looking forward to the book… Hoping it’s something real with tangible ideas and help. People need to know they are not alone in their struggles…

  48. How did we get to this point?? Is this really what it’s all about? Our culture promotes busyness as if it is a badge of honor. We define our value and importance based on how busy we are. Facebook and Instagram can create such a false sense of reality and ultimately leave us feeling ‘less than’.
    This was a timely devotion! I would be thrilled to read the book πŸ™‚

  49. Katie McKnight says:

    I needed to hear this! It really spoke to my heart. I would love to read the book!

  50. What a dilema to organise all things which need to be done every day . All support about this will be appreciated.

  51. How I would love to have a book that could help me with what to say no to. My life is filled with “good things”, but the feeling of being swallowed into a drain is all too real as is the exhaustion.

  52. No more busyness!

  53. Thank you. I needed this, especially with a newborn and toddler in the house. I would love the book. πŸ™‚

  54. Wow. I really needed this refresher! It seems like life always gets too busy and I forget about God and how vital He is and should be in my life.

  55. Cyndi Garnes says:

    Wow. This sounds my life last year while dealing with chronic illnesses that ended up taking my professional career away. I was thoroughly exhausted, and one thought kept coming to mind while dealing with that loss:

    For I was tired and He gave me rest.”

    I grieve for my lost career, but I think it’s no coincidence I stumbled across the internet to discover this article about this book at this moment.

    I need this book.

  56. I am reading this in bed as I approach another busy day, realising that the migraine I have carried around for two days is still there and trying not to get stressed out about things I cannot control. In the midst of this, I have been blessed and refreshed by your words – thank you.

  57. I felt like this was written about me… Hoping that I win this copy of the book. ??

  58. I really needed to hear this! My new year’s resolution is to live a more balanced life and I am not doing very good at it lately.

  59. I need to work on spending less time on social media and more time in Gods word!

  60. Busyness is killing me. Really would love a copy of your book. Thankyou

  61. Great topic! Would love to learn more about it! Thank you!

  62. Someone once said, and it really resonated with me, create a “to-be” list and let that drive your to-do list. For instance, I want to be a person who adds value to others. That means that taking time to help or listen takes precedent over a mundane task or chore.

  63. This has really spoken to me thus morning as I read this on the train travelling to work. I could really do with reading the book…
    Thanks xo

  64. God says nothing before Him.He means it.
    Top of the To List…….let’s see what fits?

    Please know a copy of your book would help tremendously.

  65. Thank you so much for this. I have been telling myself how I need to enjoy life and stop being sooo busy. A friend once told me that even if I have nothing to do I will create something. I’m so used to being busy and it’s affecting other areas of my life because I hardly get to hang out with friends. I’m hoping I will be able to change it this year. Thanks again for sharing

  66. I feel like I’m on a bus looking out the window…watching life pass and I can’t get off to stop and enjoy the moments. My
    Kids are growing up too fast and I’m missing it!

  67. Such a timely reminder that life is not meant to be packed so full of stuff that the things that matter (relationships with God, family, friends and strangers) get pushed to the side.

  68. Andrea Boyle says:

    This post is so timely… “Sleep when the baby sleeps” is great in theory, but in reality, his sisters need their hair braided and help with homework and appreciate being fed something other than PB&J before 8:00 at night, and bills need to be paid and the temp they hired to fill in for me at work has questions. My husband works the overnight shift so it’s all on me, around the clock. I have let a lot of things go, including starting my day by reading a daily devotional and ending with writing in my gratitude journal, not to mention showering and eating as well as I should, and there certainly isn’t time in a day to read or update the baby book or work on my manuscript edits or send out birth announcements or phone a friend. Even paired down to this basic existence, I am overwhelmed and exhausted!

  69. Breaking Busy…prayers answered. I want each and every word to soak into my heart and change the crazy pace of my life. I long for mornings at the kitchen table with my Bible and a cup of coffee. Can’t wait to read this book! Thank you for your insight!

  70. Tracy Mulcahy says:

    Thank you for this message. Busyness is most definitely a real struggle but our loves, our littles and our lives are are what give us purpose. We must make time for these like we do everything that we allow to keep us so busy. The dishes, laundry and emails will remain when our littles grow and leave. No time is too short if you are present and spend it with love and purpose. Dont be fooled into thinking the time has to be long, well planned and perfect. A few purposeful minutes can fill your tank and theirs and give thme the vital message and lesson about how to prioritize, slow down, be present and treasure each moment.

  71. Praise God for this kind of reminders. Let us not focus on something that unworthy, let us just focus to Him — to Jesus.

  72. At 3 am I read this, filled with anxt over all I must do, worry filling my mind. I reached for my bible, and saw my message light for am a il. This devotion was like salve on a burn. Thank you.

  73. I’m too busy and say yes too much. I need to slow down and just take some time to breathe, and spend time w/ God.

  74. Thank you for this much needed reminder! God used this to remind me to focus on what’s really important in life, instead of getting bogged down by all the little things that creep up and cause me to be too busy.

  75. Would love this book!

  76. It is amazing how much I can relate to this post. My life had been crazy busy the last 3 1/2 years until I found myself not being able to find joy in anything. I dreaded going to work, coming home to 3 children under 8 seemed so overwhelming to me that I often felt like a failure. I realized that I hadn’t been praying about my situation as much as I had been talking about it. After much prayer I made some tough decisions about my career, which ultimately tremendously helped my family life. My husband and I are still busy people, but we are learning to find joy in the simple things and to say no more. Thank you so much for this post.

  77. Tinnesha English says:

    This books sounds like it would be life be life changing for me.

  78. I started working again full-time 3 weeks ago and have 2 small kids at home. Still trying to figure out how to manage everything. Perfect devotion for me today.

  79. Christine says:

    As a mom of 4, 3 under 2 and an almost teenager, busy is definitely an accurate description of me. Trying everyday to slow down and do what is necessary. This book would be a great help on my journey.

  80. I really enjoy your devotion and would really like to have this book

  81. After just having “one of those days” and lying in bed with my mind reeling over my “to do” list for the following day these words brought brought great perspective to needing to find balance in my life… Thank you. Your words are always very helpful.

  82. My hamster wheel is on overdrive and I feel like I may go under…. 5 kids, back to working full time after 15+ years and a billion activities for each child….. Breathing seems optional some days…..your devotions have helped me each day see what is really important…..thank you for helping me each day get up and go forward….

  83. This is SO me I’m embarrassed to say. So much in my head “to do” I feel scattered most of the time. At the top of my new year (my November birthday:), I told myself I wanted to trim the fat – literally & figuratively – and slow down so I could do better by/for myself. I’ve been better, but have a ways to go. This book would be a great help as I walk this path.

  84. My boyfriend and I were just discussing this! He is so frustrated with to-do lists and the daily grind that he can’t do what he really wants to: write music and play guitar. He is extremely talented… Praying…

  85. You nailed it! I live a crazy-no stop life. It begins an 3:30 am and goes til bedtime. I really would love to read your book to see how to tame the crazy. Thank you for not making feel alone. Needed to hear your words today!

  86. Right on point!! Thank you!!

  87. Melissa Plets says:

    Your devotion has really touched my heart today. Busyness has taken over my days, never letting me rest in a job “well done.” I don’t fully accomplish God’s purposes for me when I am tattered and torn in every direction. Do I need to cut the “busy?” Heavens, YES!

  88. You have describe my life – except my husband coaches soccer instead of football. Its a cycle and I don’t see how to stop it. Thank you for your words today.

  89. Would love to read this book! “On the hamster wheel” describes so many years of my life. Longing to slow down and truly put God first; to be quiet enough to hear Him clearly.

  90. The timing of this could not have been more perfect! As I was laying here, awake WAAAYYYY to early, mentally shuffling through all I had to do on my dreaded to-do list, it all came clear. Thank you for your words, insight, and biblical truths to remind me of what should be #1 in my life.

  91. Catrenna Dawsin says:

    This article is sbout me. Im so busy I meet myself coming and going. I can relate to the phone issue, mine is usually im looking for it then realize I’m talking on it. Im in dire need of a “Calgon”moment.
    I look forward to reading this book.

  92. Exactly what I needed to hear today! Thank you.

  93. This totally resonates with me. Must. get. off. hamster. wheel. I would love to read the book.

  94. Mia Mercer says:

    I would absolutely love this book! It’s so so important to make sure you’re really all there (in the head too) for all the little moments in life. Life is way too short to just casually let it pass us by

  95. When did this happen to us? Is it adulthood, technology or even raising our kids that put us in this frenzied circle? This seems to be the new “normal” for us all. And, it is stealing our precious “now” our “present”. It’s so lovely that God knew this would happen and gave us the reminder in the featured Psalm verse. Lord, I pray I somehow learn to get off the hamster wheel and live and enjoy the abundant life you want for me.

  96. All things in moderation . . .easier said than done, isn’t it?

  97. In our world – busy = successful, valuable, doing it right. Lord, help me shift my paradigm to redefine “successfull” and “valuable”!

  98. As a stay at home mom busy is now my first name. Differentiating between true necessities and busy work is what I am praying for God to help me with. Nurturing my babies always is most important but there is always another chore,event or activity that can cut into my precious time with my little ones. Sometimes, it just my mind telling me that something NEEDS to be done.

  99. I need this. Six kids and many commitments later; crazy life.

  100. Cat McClain says:

    As a single parent trying to juggle work, school commitments, homework, house cleaning, yard work, church, etc is just overwhelming at times. There is a need to continue to keep my focus in the right place.

  101. After falling last year, I realized that I was taking responsibility for everyone around me and not focusing on myself. My relationships were unraveling but I was too busy to notice. My son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and my fiancΓ© was incarcerated and pulling away . During the time I spent recovering, I realized God sat me down so I could rely on Him completely. And second realize I couldn’t fix anyone or anything but He could. My son is doing better, I am recovering and I am no longer engaged. I’m not saying my life is perfect but I am less busy and get to devote more energy to making life better for me so my family and friends can enjoy the time I spend with them. And most important, I am growing in my walk with God.

  102. Tricia Romesberg says:

    I lost my marriage on that hamster wheel. My advice? Put God at the top of your To Do list every single day.

  103. After my day filled with busyness yesterday and not taking a moment to enjoy my kids, this devotional could not have come at a better time. This book sounds like exactly what I need.

  104. This could not have come at a more perfect time. Today is the first day of a ministry that my pastor asked me to head up. It’s been difficult to plan, etc. having a two and three year old…. God’s got this.

  105. Would love to get this for a family member!

  106. A great reminder that we can’t hear often enough in our society. Life is short, cherish every moment.

  107. Would love to read this book. Life challenges us to be too busy. But focusing on God allows us to see our boundaries.

  108. I would really like your new book.

  109. I think as moms, wives , even as a single woman.. I was always extremely busy. Things have changed slightly as they are more ” family” and or work centered busyness.. I think somehow as women ( I think a few folks may have mentioned above ) we always have this desire to be and do everything , fulfill everyone’s list ( besides our own) sometimes minimizing our own needs wants etc in order to solidify happiness and our family. Our goals and our thoughts of what society driven ” success” looks like, I believe drives us and motivates us in good ways but maybe our methods are a little off par.as you mentioned, your husband and yourself were all involved in good things making great positive impact individually- but unfortunately we cannot isolate and look at our lives in a silo.. It all flows together and if one hinge” is somehow making the overall architect frail, then we must deal in that reality and see to it we balance the rest of the big picture. Amen to this post, amen for bringing clarity to balance and making us all not feel that we are. Not good enough to be in all places at all times – we are certainly not omniscient as that is the job of our God and father.

  110. Courtney G. says:

    I am a full time nurse, mother of 3 and step mother of 3, full time wife and my days can really get busy! Three years ago I found my life broken and alonely with 2 boys! Satan’s job is to kill steal and destroy and I was letting him do a great number on my life not realizing it! I didn’t know how to fight Satan! So I prayed for a man to come into my life to help me raise my two boys up the way God wanted them to be raise. Someone to teach them the love Jesus had for his church by loving me! God sent me that man and 3 step children! With in the first 2 years of our marriage God blessed us with a little baby girl! So with all of that being said, I know what busy is and would love a copy of “Breaking Busy” God bless!

  111. This reminds me of a sign in my office – chasing your tail brings you right back where you started. Even having that visible doesn’t stop me from doing it!!! I would love to read her thoughts on breaking the cycle.

  112. Had to chuckle when I saw the title of this post….I’ve been overwhelmed over a job situation for weeks, praying that God would lead me on what to do….and as always, He did! Oh how I need this reminder to focus on what is important and let the rest go! Now, I just need to really figure out how to put that into action. ?

  113. Melodie Merriman says:

    I really enjoyed this devotional for today. I can totally relate. I’m always too busy…..unless I let the Lord slow my pace to be in the grove for the pace He has ser before me! Praise the Lord!

  114. What a great devotional! As a busy homeschool mom of 5, I want to focus each day on their little hearts and relationships, not just run around in circles trying to fit as many good Γ«xtras” in. It’s been learning to compromise on activities and knowing it’s okay if they’re not involved in everything. πŸ™‚

  115. Nancy M in NJ says:

    Perfect timing for your post, thank you very much for sharing. I’ve thought the opposite regarding that bible verse, that BECAUSE life is short, I NEED to keep doing-doing-doing to get it all done before I am gone. I need a new perspective. Thank you for the chance to win your book.

  116. I need to read this book! My life has been taken over by “busy” and I really want to get focused on what God wants me to do, not man.

  117. I needed this devotion this morning. I do feel as if I am on a hamster wheel constantly. When it starts or seems to slow down and i think i may jump off, something starts it up again full speed. I have to continually make a concerted effort to have time for God. It shouldn’t be that way. You are so right that on the surface all appears stable. Smooth and happy but inside it’s like a circus.

    Thank you for sharing. What a blessing.

  118. jill Monnik says:

    I have been mulling over these exact issues and would love to read the book!It sounds great!

  119. Elizabeth M says:

    I needed to read this message this morning. Doesn’t it seem to happen that way? As I am starting a new job, I’m trying to keep balance of not being too busy while learning and still being able to find time for my family – and even in that list I know I have to find time for God too and not make him an afterthought because he has the grace to center me. Thank you.

  120. Too busy!!! Most definitely — would love to read this book.

  121. Angela Raphael says:

    I would appreciate a copy of this book, thank you.

  122. This is exactly where I’m at… too busy, trying to prayerfully figure out what’s in, what’s out.

  123. Gina Coker says:

    I often find myself going through a whole day without spending even a second with God. I would love any insight I can get!

  124. Christine Kimball says:

    I am so busy I cannot remember if I already entered the contest for the free book. Very interested in it! Thank you, Christine

  125. Help me get off the rat race of life… The busyness is exhausting!!!!

  126. Stephanie K says:

    Good devotional to remind me to make time for the most important things in my life and not be consumed with the busyness of life. The book sounds interesting and I would to win a copy if possible.

  127. Dawn Sharron says:

    It was wonderful to read I am not alone in the cluttered brain department. I laughed out loud in recognition.

  128. I work two jobs since my husband lost his. Both jobs create work at home.
    My children still come first, although one is in college we continually connect. I still find time to get everything done, take my son to youth, practices, guitar, get to ball games and have hot meals cooked and clean laundry. But burning the candle at both ends leaves little time left over. making time for God is hard but imperative!

  129. So many times I feel like a fraud or failure like what you said in the devotion. I need to focus on what’s important in life: relationships with God, family, others and myself, and not all the other things that try to compete and rob my time.

  130. Nancy English says:

    I chuckled at your ringing phone! Too much fills our heads pushing God out when we need him the most in the bustier of times.

  131. My life has been crazy these days and even my time with God sometimes feels rushed or I’m too tired to really get into it. I need some kind of respite. Relief in the midst of the chaos. Most of it is job related and can’t be changed except miraculously in God’s power and time. So I pray that He helps me find peace in the crazy busy.

  132. This has been such a struggle in my life for quite some time. I would love to read this book!

  133. What a great reminder this morning…between a traveling husband, 4 kids and my part time job life gets too busy! Looking forward to your book!!!

  134. Would love a copy of the book!!!

  135. Leah Lowry says:

    This subject has been weighing on my mind lately. In my scurry…I find myself deleting emails that I haven’t read and usually I just skim and delete. This one caught my attention. I need to slow down, regroup and any tool to help me do so would be awesome!

  136. Going back to work after 2nd baby and would love to learn and focus on balancing my priorities with work’s demands.

  137. Sally Croft says:

    This morning i read a Fb post of a friend who is a young woman, who is missing her Mom and I couldn’t believe it had been nine years since her Mom passed away. As I look back I realize “busyness” filled those years and how fleeting life is. Then I read your posting and realized I need to make some choices in how to choose the important not just busy. Thank you.

  138. Would love to read her perspective and suggestions. I don’t have a lot of outside commitments, but I feel so busy helping and keeping up with the activities of myself and my family members!

  139. This devotional hit home with me! I would love to have her book!

  140. Stephanie says:

    This devotion came at the perfect time (of course) in my life. I was just offered a full time position at a job I am working part time and needed to hear from God on the decision we have to make about what is best for our family of 5 at this juncture. I have really been struggling with stress and business lately so this has really spoke to me today! Would love to read her book!

  141. What a mighty word from on high! I too struggle with the busyness…over the years I have learned to prioritize my events, tasks, chores, etc. Howeve . I now must master giving God his time daily!! Mornings are my best time because they are uninterrupted and peaceful; however my body is SO tired I can’t get up when the alarm clock goes off cause it literally feel a like I just went to sleep. So I am praying for obedience and strength in the area of sacrifice to give God the time he deserves…afterall, he’s been too good to me for me not to! Thanks for the awesome devotion!! Keep them coming!!

  142. Busyness and not eating right are my two biggest issues, and I’m sure they are related. ? Need help!!

  143. Thank you so much for these scriptures and expressions. I’m currently struggling with these same feelings & thoughts and have asked God to show me the path that He would like for me to take so that I can be a better child of God, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

  144. Mallory mcCutchin says:

    I need this book! It’s about me!!!

  145. Danielle Mack says:

    How timely! I have felt this way often and am working very hard now to prioritize my activities and commitments.

  146. I feel, that this is a huge challenge for me these days…Making sure my priorities are truly in focus. This book sounds like it would really help. Would love a copy to grow in this area.

  147. I was so encouraged this morning by this devotion. As a mom, teacher and wife I long for moments that aren’t busy. I think we have to create those moments. Love the verse that goes with this devotion as well. Going to post this one to remember!

  148. So, so busy on this hamster wheel life of full time ministry, kids and work at home. Would love this book!

  149. Amy Rardon says:

    Would absolutely love a copy of this book. I’m to the point where I’m also getting absent minded because of being stretched to thin. This was wonderful to read and know that it’s not just me who feels this way.

  150. Lisa Smith says:

    What a great reminder. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your new book.

  151. Tanisha Coats says:

    Truth is…I felt too busy to even leave a reply. I am thinking of all the things I must do as a mom, wife, entrpreneur, and employee (sounds crazy, huh). I must find that perfect balance,harmony,oneness and I know I can only get that and perfect that with God. This book would help as well.I am prompted to reply for that very reason,I need help.I am busy and feel like I am not producing much. Did I say I need help?!

  152. I would love a copy! I feel like she described my life. Perfect words to start my morning.

  153. Thanks for a great devotion this morning!

  154. As I checked my email at 5 am and blearily read today’s morning devotion, I couldn’t help but smile at the *wink* I felt God was sending me. My feet are about to hit the floor to go to work to prepare for my observation at my teaching job. This week has been crazy busy, and it’s only Tuesday morning. God is reminding me that I need to slow down and not miss the small moments with my family.

  155. Aimee Friedrich says:

    The book sounds amazing!

  156. I love this! My new year’s resolution this year was to focus on RELATIONSHIPS. I want to be more present in the moment with the people in my life.

  157. I could really use this book…. And know some friends I could share it with afterwards, too. Love today’s devotional!

  158. I recently started working full time after being blessed to be home with my children for several years. Finding a new balance, without the guilt, is alluding me. I would love a copy of this book!!

  159. this is me, my exact story – just different actors and activities. Scary how we can fall into the trappings of busyness. Day in and day out I come home exhausted get as much sleep as possible and then leave the house just worn out. We put on our happy, Christian smiles and live by saying “we fake it until we make it.” I know that God does not want me here. He does not want my family in a perpetual state of busyness. It’s so hard to break the cycle. It hits us in our hardest moments, when it becomes all or nothing but we have instilled in our kids how we were raised – you don’t give up, you don’t quit halfway through. God has been so incredibly good to my family. Lots of struggles, yet He provides continuously. We are blessed. Perhaps it’s time to become Martha… I need to get this book! ☺️

  160. Just what I needed to hear!

  161. I seem to always be a day behind. With three girls. All their stuff. The oldest in high school, the middle one in middle school who is dealing with ADHD, anxiety and depression and the youngest in pre k. Trying to meet all the demands of teaching. Everything is crazy. My house looks like a bomb went off, I’m behind in my lesson plans and required school work. I can’t seem to get out of this rut. My hamster wheel feels like at any moment now is going to fly off into space. I don’t know how to get a handle on any of it. Please God help me. My time with God is between girls brushing their teeth and taking the dog out. I need help. Please pray for me, I am sinking fast.

  162. Nichol barnett says:

    I struggle so much with this and tend to prioritize things that are not as important. I need to focus on God and my family more.

  163. People are the only thing we can have an impact on for eternity! I try to stick to my devotionals and acts of live for others. A homemade meal, loaf of bread, a knitted blankie. These are the things that people remember. Well chosen words from a rested soul. The gentle things of life. I work with a lot of younger people who are drawn to a mothering heart which is really part of who God is. We have traded a lot of important things for a surface life.

  164. Jen venier says:

    Oh how I need this book. Life is so busy with four young children and an extra family we are helping by letting them live with us.

  165. I feel like this devotion was inspired to speak directly to me, and as I read comments, I find comfort that busyness is a widespread issue and I’m not alone in struggling with it. But where do I even start to break the busyness cycle and look up long enough to see what God really made me for, especially when all the things we do are for good? I would love this book!

  166. How true is this devotion. We all have these moments, but thankfully God reminds us through our devotions, scriptures, friends and church that life is short. Enjoy the small things, each day is numbered, I will make today count as a great number!!!

  167. Wow, I think this book is talking about me! Help me simplify and enjoy my life, God & family,

  168. Nancy Meece says:

    Just what I needed to read this morning as I struggle with the crazy list of what I think must get done today.

  169. By the time we pick up our two kids from childcare after working full time jobs, my husband and I make dinner, eat, move straight on to baths. Then it’s jammie time, story time and bedtime. My husband works 12 hour days 4 days a week. It seems we get on a mindless conveyor or life. We need despiratey to find some time for God and ourselves in our busy schedules.

  170. As a teacher, wife, and mom, this is a struggle with which I constantly wrestle! It’s bad when you have to do bills in the bathroom! Haha I’d love a copy of your book…I would schedule it into my Spring Break to-do list! Many blessings!

  171. This book sounds great! I would love to have a copy!

  172. It is crazy how fast busyness happens and how even good things can distract us from God’s purpose for us and our families. Looking forward to getting myself grounded into God’s plan and purposes for my life.

  173. Thank you for sharing! How I needed this reminder today! Thank you Lord!

  174. The devil loves to keep us busy .. Being under satan’s yoke. Lord help me to keep my priorities straight… I would love to read this book … Thanks for sharing today.

  175. Wow, awesome message! I have often felt and sometimes still do like a hamster running on that darn well while juggling. I have lost time, energy, money and possessions. Not good. Then I fractured my foot and had to stop. I spent a lot of time alone, I was of no use to anyone, with God. Don’t misunderstand, I am very active in church, I am a teacher, mother of an adult child, a grandmother, a godmother and a grad school student, but I was not resting with God and looking back my daily prayers were more scripted than authentic. Now I notice that things have not changed, but I have. I am becoming more prayerful about my commitments and have accepted my call to take a leadership role in sharing God’s word. And I have learned to rest and not feel bad or guilty.

  176. Olivia Powell says:

    This message got to my heart and soul I have been so busy and overwhelmed by my life that i have had 3 major auto accidents in the past year, totaled my car and I’m recuperating at home. Therefore I have lost my income, but received God’s message that I need to slow down. Now I am praying for his guidance to choose a new way of living while meeting my bills and obligations. This book would be very helpful for me and I would be so blessed to receive one.

  177. Laura Johnson says:

    Great article! The book sounds awesome!

  178. Nicci Gowing says:

    Such an aptly timed post. I have been feeling so overwhelmed by busyness that I hurtled into the new year without even realising it had happened. It’s now the end of January and have decided to take some time out and re-evaluate my priorities, otherwise I won’t make it through the year.

  179. Sadly the woman who probably needs this book the most won’t ever read this article – because she’s too busy.

  180. Wow- my life in a nutshell. Busyness is my sickness and I realized it over the last two years when I found myself getting angry because my kids wanted me to lay down with them and read with them before bed, but I had computer work to do and laundry to finish. Talk about screwed up priorities. I would love to read your book!

  181. Madie Torres Herrera says:

    I desperately need this book!

  182. It is OK to say “no” to request by man to do something in order to be available to God for His plan for you.

  183. I can so relate. I would love tonneau this book.

  184. Wonderful devotional this morning!! Even though I’ve been married 45 years and have 4 precious grandchildren, this is something I too struggle with. I work at a church (working for 4 Pastors) and am involved with several ministries there. Plus I volunteer at a local food bank. Not only can outside activities fill your life, so can church related activities. I’ve found that I have to pray and listen to what the Lord would have me do. Just because I’m asked to help with something doesn’t mean I have to. I’m not letting God down by not taking that extra task on but I am letting Him down if I don’t do my best at what I set my hands to. Thank you again for such a applicable devotion. Blessings. Sandy

  185. Tara Jackson says:

    This is me! As a single mom, I feel my life is full of busy circles over and over….

  186. Joanne Peachey says:

    I can totally relate! God help us focus on the things that matter!

  187. Thank you for the encouragement today. This is a struggle I, too, have. I hope now to focus on the sweet, yet brief, time I have on earth to make the most of each day as I put God first and choose the “small stuff” wisely.

  188. Elaine Kapetanakis says:

    What’s sad is when things similar to ringing bras happen, we excuse it away instead of solving the busyness problem. Happens to me frequently!

  189. Mary Kaye Bluhm says:

    Would love to win book. Thank you:)

  190. I know this is a topic so many of us struggle with. I believe Satan distracts us from God with the busyness of life. Some direction on how to change that would be great. This would be a great book to read!

  191. I can absolutely relate! I would love to win this book.

  192. This truly resonated with me today. God please help me as I try to make time for you and get all my responsibilities done.

  193. Thank you.

  194. I would love to have this book. I run a house of 3 and at times that seems like 30. I lead a recovery group, attend home group, go to church, work full time, manage 3 businesses & then have to be a wife and a mom when I walk in the door. I’m overwhelmed to say the least! Great reminder in this post & I would love to win the book! God bless!

  195. Wow. This was exactly what I needed this morning. The “busy-ness” caught up with me last night and I was feeling so hopeless and doomed with all my commitments and so detached from what matters most – God and my family. As my husband and I spoke last night talking about a plan for me to stop some of this, and I wake up to this devotion. Such a blessing! Thank you God for giving me this today!

  196. Allison M. says:

    I think this book could really help me.

  197. I was told by my Neurologist a week ago that I MUST find balance. I was diagnosed with MS 3 weeks ago. He told my husband and I that stress is the number one reason people have relapse. I totally can relate to the “ringing bra”. I am constantly frazzled and losing things as I try to keep up with my life. I know the only way I will find peace is through Christ. This book might be exactly what I need.

  198. I would love this book. I am really trying to do better this year, but oh the guilt when I say no to someone!!! Even though I know it’s what I’m supposed to do!!

  199. Melissa R says:

    Oh, this book is so needed!! I always feel like we are rushing our lives away going from one thing to the next. One of my twin boys is the absolute best at “taking time to smell the flowers” and I strive to be more that way!

  200. DeWayne Meece says:

    Praying for God to help our family find peace in this hectic world.

  201. Ellen Cole says:

    Amen! I especially appreciate the reminder that even too many GOOD commitments is still too much.

  202. Shelie D. says:

    What a great devotion this was. I need to ask God daily to prioritize my schedule so that I’m doing what He’s asking of me. Whether I win this book or not I’ll still purchase it. God bless!

  203. Elizabeth J. says:

    My husband and I discuss our crazy busyness all the time. Something has to give! Our days are definitely fleeting, and I want them to be filled with quality relationships, not completed checklists! The book sounds awesome! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

  204. As I read the post, it felt as if you were describing my life (without the 5 boys, just 3 girls!)… been there, done that… and that… and that…. It made me feel sad to find that I still struggle with these issues and that I know quite a few of my good friends that do to! We really should dive into God’s Word to study this and arm ourselves against falling into the same trap time after time. Thank you for caring enough to share with all the host of women out there who suffer the same problem!

  205. Busyness is the story of my life. I am in the process of learning to slow down and focus on what matters but at the same time I realize I have to rely on the Holy Spirit to overcome the temptation to not do the the things that really matter. The bridge between busyness and temptation and commitment to allowing God to direct my path. I thank God for speaking this truth to me this morning through this devotion and the one I am ready by Glynnis Whitmer and I would greatly appreciate it if I can win a copy of your book.

  206. Connie Jones says:

    I really need this book!

  207. Wow!! I must admit this was the first time I’ve read the 31 devotional in quiet some time… Because you guessed it, I’m swamped and there’s just no time… I’m in school for physical therapy, have 3 very active boots and an amazing husband. Between 9-5pm classes, trying to manage a house, find dinner and get everyone to their sporting events… Then the need to study for school…. I’m in knee deep, I would love to win copy of your book. Thank you!!

  208. Jodi Smith says:

    I can relate to this! I would love to have a copy of this book! Thank you for this devotion!

  209. Hearing this message from several directions that have absolutely no connection with each other timely word thank you.

  210. Elizabeth J. says:

    I truly needed this devotion today, and I’m sure I would benefit from the book!

  211. Jennifer Scott says:

    I’d love a copy, thanks

  212. This topic and book are SO NEEDED. The world under the Adversary’s influence uses “busyness” under many guises of good things to keep my focus from what is BEST – living the gospel.

  213. I really needed to hear today’s devotion on busyness! It made me stop and remind myself to focus on what’s important, my relationship with Christ. I need to quit worrying about the little things and spend more time with my Lord and in the Word of God.

  214. This is a real issue in my life. Would love a copy.

  215. This reminds me of Chris Rice’s song, Life Means so Much. “Teach us to count the days. Teach us to make the days count. Lead us in Your better ways ’cause somehow our souls forgot life means so much.”

  216. Much needed. I don’t have time to wait to win it so I should probably just go buy it… but I don’t have time to go to the bookstore! Lol All joking aside the struggle IS real! Tks for the devo.

  217. Teresa kenney says:

    I enjoyed today’s devotion. I haven’t read one in quite a while but this one caught my eye. I would enjoy a copy of this book. ?

  218. Christina Martin says:

    I could really use this book. Today’s devotion was spot on and I needed to hear it. Always find myself struggling to figure out what to do and feel like my life is getting to busy for the important things. Praying God helps me.

  219. Wow! I need this reminder daily…how brief my time on earth will be. I would love to win this book. Thanks for a great devotion this morning!

  220. Wow. Last night I just finished reading the chapter in Hybel’s book, Simplify about how it is so important to find a life verse that keeps you focused and grounded. This morning, I found mine after reading this devotional. God always know and shows exactly what I need. As a busy wife, mom and physician, I’ve experienced times when I’ve questioned what life is really about. Of course I know, but it is so easy to get so caught up in in the rat race. Thank you for reminding me of what’s important.

  221. Elaine Nunn says:

    Oh how your writings touched so many. me included! Its really sad how we all struggle with this challenge, and how Satan wants us to believe we can fix it tomorrow, or the day after -Empty promises, as we all know. I pray for peace and comfort for all; and the ability to cling to God’s word: “Be still and know that I am God”. Hope to win your book. Thanks for your insight

  222. This is amazing! I love the Ephesians scripture! This is my new bathroom mirror scripture to remind me everyday! Sometimes I feel bad if it is a volunteer opportunity with church to say no because then I’m not putting God first. But I have to remember the other church activities that I am already saying no to!

  223. As a pastor’s wife, mom of three, and business owner, I can absolutely relate to the hamster wheel (I use the phrase frequently). I know that God has led me to each of these titles, however I know I’m not living them the way He wants me to. I can’t even enjoy a snowy day, because I don’t know how to relax and let go. Thank you for you words.

  224. Kim Kubricky says:

    I sure enjoyed today’s devotion and can so relate! Thank-you so much for being real and sharing your struggles with busyness. I look so forward to reading your book! Thanks again! Kim

  225. Wow, Thank you for devotion, I needed to hear you this a.m. I am in the mist of busyness being a single mother/grandmother and I do need to slow down and see what truly matters. I wii be checking to see if my church has this book or I’ll go to Christian Family Store they for sure will have it. Thank you for Special words that touched me ….God Bless and Have a beautiful day, Suzan

  226. Wow, this was such a perfect message for me. I feel as though I am days behind in all I need to do and then feel awful at all the parts of my life that are being ignored or slighted as I try to get caught up. I so wish I could slow down and enjoy what is racing by.

  227. Megan Townsend says:

    I’m a single mom and my 2 yr old and I just moved into an apartment together, for the first time. It’s hard! I’m exhausted and I feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to finish my to-do list. I love that this devotional seemed to be written just for me. Thank You, Lord for your obedient servants that you use to speak to tired, overwhelmed mommas. It was just what I needed this morning. I’d LOVE to win this book!!

  228. This speaks loud and clear to me!!!

  229. Great reminders! We were never expected to do it all. That is an expectation we put on ourselves.

  230. Thanks for the devotion this morning, it was a great reminder. Your book will be a great blessing.

  231. Cindy Hasko says:

    I need this book. Perfect for my season in life. I would love to read it.

  232. Interested in this book!

  233. I needed this. The last 2 years seem to be so busy. It is exhausting.

  234. What a great lesson! I have been trying to focus more on the important things in life, lately. It’s so much more enjoyable!

  235. I’d love to receive a copy of this book!

  236. Malinda Claffey says:

    I would not only Love to obtain a copy of this book for myself to read, but then pass it around to several women that attend my church! Great devotion once again P31 writers! God is Good All the time!

  237. Thanks for this devotional. Creating more margin in my time is a constant struggle.

  238. Finally learning at 52 that life is more about who I am than all the things I can do. Thanks for the opportunity to get the book.

  239. Great devotional this morning. Thanks for sharing.

  240. Michelle MacPherson says:

    Just what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  241. This was right on time for me. One of my goals this year is to focus on what is important!

  242. Desperately needed this. Thank you!

  243. Oh how sad I am that I can relate to this. I’ve allowed busyness to steal my joy. I feel my family is missing quality time together!

  244. Just what I needed today. As a single mom, I struggle with the balance of enjoying it all. Constantly running to do one more thing, and not finding a lot of joy in any of my task. Trying to get a balance, and just simply enjoy the moments as they occur.

  245. I would love to read and benefit from this book as well as share it with a few friends.!!
    Bless You

  246. I would love to have this book!

  247. Sherri Zimmerman says:

    I needed to read this today. Thank you!

  248. Alli, what a great post. I have been working on slowing down quite a bit. Especially after my grandson asked me one day while I was babysitting, “Grandma are you going to be with me or working on the computer and on the phone.” I lack.being present, at times. My 2016 goal is to be present. Tomorrow is not promised. I need to create memorize with my grandson. Articles like this one help me keep focused on what is really important. Thanks, Alli!

  249. Even as a work at home plus stay at home mom with one developmentally delayed child, the busyness is a killer. It leaves little room for even maintaining my marriage, and forget involved friendships. I am so glad that our saviour reaches through our circumstances to touch our hearts with His healing balm of rest! And a reminder how He is the focus of our temporal and eternal life. Always puts things back in perspective and balance!

  250. I see this story as so important for young Mom’s at my church. It would be great to put this in our church library so many could be encouraged to change their priorities and reflect on what is should be number one in their lives.

  251. Betsy Felix says:

    I would love a copy of this book. I am a mom of seven, 4 living children and 3 at home with Jesus (lost to miscarriage ). I also take care of my 2 nieces, 14 hours a day, 4 days a week. Our house is crazy busy…not always good busy. I would love some encouragement to keep our business God centered. THANKS!!!

  252. i could really use this book. my life makes me feel like I am on the hamster wheel too. i am trying to slow down, and this article helped!!!

  253. This life isn’t a dress rehearsal. Enjoy your family and build that relationship with Christ. Prioritize the way that glorifies Him. This verse reminded me of that thought.

  254. I need this & have so many friends who need it as well! In today’s society, it’s frowned upon to not be busy!

  255. Reina Franco says:

    Loved today’s devotional! I was just thinking about all my responsibilities: work, home and church. I am a bus driver to teen Mom with infants 6 weeks to 18 months and special needs kids, some days it takes all my energy. I would love to have the book.

  256. The struggle is real indeed. Thank you for this reminder.

  257. Thank you for putting this in terms that are easy to understand. I find it hard to explain my feelings when I’m frazzled. Which tends to lead to unglued moments. Would love a copy of the book! Thank you, Alli.

  258. Rhonda Hill says:

    It’s only January and already we are finding ourselves spread to thin !
    Thank you for this reminder in today’s verses

  259. Busyness has been something I’ve tried to overcome for years. It’s so deceiving as I “think” I’m being “productive” and as my head is down in determination to accomplish what I’ve thought was important, sadly, I’ve missed some important moments or ended up in a confused moment, thinking, “how did I overlook such an important thing?” This year, I began asking God each day to be Lord over my priorities, my thoughts, words and actions, and God is so faithful. I find that I catch myself and think of “what’s really important”. It is still something I have to work to focus on each day, and I don’t get it right all the time, but I find myself more aware. Thank You, Lord!
    Thank you to all who share openly as it reveals that a lot of us have the same challenges. God Bless!

  260. I would love to win a copy of the book! I often try to remind myself I can’t put the oxygen mask on others if I don’t put it on myself first.

  261. Much needed words for today Life is short, marriage is a journey and childhood is but a season. It’s time to get off that hamster wheel and enjoy it all!

  262. This post was written for me. I am so weary and burned out that I am having a hard time doing anything-important or mundane. I NEED this book!

  263. The devotion is just what I needed today. This is a great reminder that I need to spend more time focusing on what’s important, my relationship with God and my spouse and children. BUSYNESS does not equal SUCCESS.

  264. Odalys Duarte says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I needed to hear this.

  265. Nikki Wize says:

    Would love this book!

  266. Sabrina Coan says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes. My life as a mom of 2 busy school age boys has increased speed as I jumped back on the hamster wheel of full time work. I. Need. This.

  267. Angie Yetzke says:

    Desperate and lost. Thank you for this. Would love to read the book.

  268. You have such a honest way of saying how I feel currently. That moment of rest is so needed and thank you for drawing my focus once more there.

  269. I need to be Mary and not Martha. This book would be so helpful!

  270. I love today’s verses & thoughts, I am reading a book for work called The One Thing and it’s about narrowing focus to be more productive and happier. I’m sensing a theme here!

  271. I would love this book! Coming across this today is exactly what I needed to read at just the right time. The demands of life get to be too much & I need to be reminded to slow down.

  272. Lisa Cayton says:

    I have never learned to apply Proverbs 39:4 to my heart – to my life and so very much want to leave the busyness and my poor choices behind. I would love a copy of Breaking Busy. Thanks!

  273. Having our priorities Christ entered a definite must and yet it is so easy to let other things steal our time and focus from Him.

  274. Malinda Martin says:

    This book sounds good! Would love to read it. It seems I’m always busy. And usually things making me busy are things that aren’t that important.

  275. Thanks for this devotion this morning. With the blizzard this weekend throwing off school schedules, a deadline at work, and traveling 9 days out of the next two weeks, I feel a bit like the hamster on the wheel right now as well.

  276. I would love to learn to spiritually focus my to do list

  277. Donna Craig says:

    Sitting here at 6:15 a.m. wanting to get the word in to start my day…knowing i need to get in the shower before our 3 yr old grandaughter we are now raising wakes up. Oh and if i hurry maybe i can have breakfast. The struggle is real lol!

  278. I just said yesterday to three ladies close to me, my schedule is so busy, I am so overwhelmed. I don’t know right now, what I can cut out, but I do need to be seeking God on it.

  279. Jenny Kasa says:

    Perfect timing on this devotion and could make great use of the book too!

  280. Wow, can I relate! Four children and lots of leading of activities. And like you said, sometimes it feels like you don’t have a choice…certain things need to get done (or we don’t eat or smell very good!). Except that we do have a choice. This is a season in life. A wonderful, crazy season. Someday I’ll long for my entire front entrance to be full of soggy snow pants and gloves covering every heating vent. I recognize that the days that I have the most sanity are the ones that I start with God. So thank you for the scriptural reminder that life is short. Maybe the hard choices don’t have to be so hard…

  281. Thank you for your encouraging words. It is time to get a grip on the rat race and prioritize.

  282. Thank you for this post!! I often think I’m alone in this feeling of busyness. I know that’s a lie from the enemy. It can all be quite overwhelming. But Praise God for His wisdom and guidance!

  283. Barb kennedy says:

    Needed to hear this. πŸ™‚

  284. Brenda Hall says:

    Your timing is perfect. I often feel like I am on a hamster wheel….running and running, spinning and spinning and haven’t really gotten anywhere. This is a great reminder!!! I would love a copy of this book to read and re-evaluate my daily life!!!! Thank you!

  285. Just last week my husband came in the kitchen to find me crying inconsolable in the floor over feeling overwhelmed. I soooo need this book!

  286. It is so hard for me to leave work at work and come home to a cluttered home. I need to start my day differently and I think this book would be a good way to start.

  287. Oh how much I needed this reminder. Thank you

  288. Finding the balance between discipline/priorities/responsibilities has always been hard for me. Busyness ends up robbing our time & adding confusion. Would love to read the book. Thanks!

  289. This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning!

  290. Just gave up some of my busy-ness and it is tearing me up. I had to do it, but it is so hard to find balance.

  291. I am currently leading my Sunday school class through the small group study “Simple Life Action Plan” which is based on research demonstrating how many of us want a simpler, less busy life. Today’s devotion is a great introduction to the problem so many of us are battling. I would love a copy of the book to aid my quest to help my family enjoy life more and see the BIG picture! Thanks

  292. Karin Furrh says:

    Thanks for this post. I literally laughed out loud about your bra ringing recount! Everyday, doing it all, but never satisfied, feeling burned out, wondering how to spend my time best and cover all the bases. Would love to read your book. Thanks again!!

  293. Linda West says:

    I would love to win the book, however, I wanted you to know how this article caught my eye to read. I was disabled at a very early age. I worked many hours at my job and honestly, I didn’t even know my family anymore and the company I worked for and my boss didn’t care as long as the work got done. Whether it took you 30 minutes or 30 days (at home, on weekends, after work etc.). I also was rather disgusted with the people I worked with, making fun of Christians and how they pray before they eat or have meetings, etc. Yes, there are still heads of companies that won’t stop this because it is politically correct. To make a long story short, I have been in contact recently with one of previous co-workers that I was very close with before leaving. She too has left the company and both of us have learned so much, especially the things in this article. Thank you for sharing your post. Made my day. God Bless

  294. Learning to set boundaries that protect your relationship with God, with our families and ourselves is difficult. Especially if the needs are great, it feels like that is not the godly thing to do.

  295. I love your prayer! Yes, Lord, enable me to focus on the things You want me to do!

  296. Sitting here reading this thinking I need to get busy, I’ve got so much to do!

  297. Living a Mary life in a Martha world, is something that I’ve been struggling all these years. This is definitely a great reminder for all the Marthas out there. I would like to have this book! Thank you!!

  298. This devotion was awesome! I am a college student with an insanely busy schedule and I needed to read this!

  299. Thanks for the reminder that we need to keep our focus on what really matters. Would love to read the book.

  300. Kristen crow says:

    Busy full time working mom of 3 three and under who most days just tries to stay afloat….

  301. I really needed to hear this!

  302. Wow! This article was just what I needed today! Would love to read your book!

  303. Much needed! Always way too busy!

  304. Love this! Thank you

  305. Busy seems to be what I thrive on.. And yet what also breaks me. Living without busy seems wrong but how do you change that mindset?

  306. Renee Yinger says:

    I prayed this very morning for God to help me cope with things that don’t glorify Him. Sometimes it seems I’m putting my boss first even before God and trying to please him. I pray my focus will remain on God and nothing else.

  307. Jackie Marshall says:

    My head is spinning. My heart is spinning. My spirit is spinning……all in different directions. A friend of mine recently died of cancer. I am reminded how fleeting life is but can’t stop the spinning. Thank you for the confirmation. Blessings Jackie

  308. Elizabeth Morse says:

    I’ve often said busyness is a device of the devil to distract us from God. I believe Satan created the “rat race” to get us to behave more worldly so we can’t be effective witnesses. I’ve been there. And when you start trying to say no to commitments, people get upset with you. We need to support one another and pray for one another, that we would all allow God to lead us to His best commitments for us.

  309. Ruth McCormick says:

    I enjoyed the devotional and would love to read the book. My mother, a retired high school teacher, has a saying that you have to put all you can on hold to spend time with your child because you only have thru age 12 to fill them. After that, they go exercise what they’ve learned. She’s saying to beware of all excess busyness that takes time away from you child whether you a working mother or stay-at-home mom They could be the greatest ministry you create.

  310. Busyness is a struggle everyday and I have worked hard over the last two years to make my life more focused on God and family. I don’t always say yes automatically and I don’t volunteer for everything. There is still work to be done, however!

  311. It’s so hard to juggle everything…being a mom, a career woman, wife, daughter (caring for a sick parent). It can be overwhelming. Finding balance is so hard when all of your time is spent meeting everyone else’s wants and needs. I pray that God will show me how to find balance and to make time to take care of myself too. This devotional thought really hit home today.

  312. Rachael Stinson says:

    Oh how often do I feel this way. I’m slowly learning to slow down and say no to things. I’m tired of racing thoughts and being too busy for everyone. I want to enjoy life.

  313. Can’t imagine who couldn’t use this in this day and time of busy busy. Myself and some others I know would benefit from this book. πŸ™‚

  314. Unfortunately can relate as I struggle to find a balance.

  315. I’m a single mom of 5 and busyness has consumed me! If I’m not being a taxi service, feeding someone, changing diapers I’m…. Who knows, that has yet to happen! Would love a copy of this book!

  316. Exactly what I needed today, thank you πŸ™‚

  317. Yup…sounds like me. Would love a copy of this book….for myself and then to share with others

  318. I have had so many things happen this last year that I fwel like God has given up on me. I find myself scrolling past the posts on facebook that have anything to do with God. I could really use any type of positive encouraging. Thank you.

  319. Amen! What an awesome reminder to step back, inhale/exhale, and regroup.

  320. Truth. Love. Really need this book.

  321. This was so needed for me today..busyness making me feel like a failure at everything, busyness to make others like me, etc.

  322. Diana Moyer says:

    Would love to intentionally make room in the busyness to read this book and learn more! Exactly where I’m at right now! Hope I win a copy πŸ™‚

  323. My life gets so crazy sometimes, I don’t know if I should cry or just laugh. Sometimes I do both! I have 4 girls. Oldest 19 yrs old, next one is 15 yrs old, Next one is 7 yrs old, & youngest is 3 yrs old. My poor husband is out numbered. My oldest just got engaged & was wanting to get married in a few months, but thank God they decided to wait until she gets her Associates Degree. Gotta work on wedding stuff & I dont know where to start.I work full time & so does my husband. I have to push myself to do things around house. I want to make sure that I am never to busy for my children, but sometimes I can’t help that I have to get things done around house. I am also debating on new job that takes more time away from home. I hope & pray that I am doing the right thing. God Bless You!

  324. This is all so very true and applicable as God’s Word always is! Thank you for sharing!

  325. Great devotional today, would love the book.

  326. I am approaching empty nest and possibly moving; want to enjoy life and not let life’s busyness get me down.

  327. This was perfect for today. My friend and I were just talking last night about how we would love to be able to just SIT DOWN and read or watch tv! Thanks for the related topic.

  328. This devotion resonates with me. Thank you for sharing. Our busiest time of year is basketball season. My husband teaches, coaches, and runs a buddy basketball program. I work part time, and we have four children, three of which are in the buddy program, and one of those three is also involved in a travel basketball league. I am so overwhelmed with the busyness, and this last few weeks of the buddy program means my husband leaves around 7 am and isn’t home until between 9 and 10 pm. Long days, and little time to refuel. Everything we are doing – all good things, but I’m burnt out. Would appreciate the perspectives in your book. God bless!

  329. The Lords timing is always perfect. I don’t normal y go on Proverbs 31 website for a devotional, but the Spirit led me here today. I’m so blessed and thankful that I read this devotional specifically for today. I’m learning to embrace the journey. Let go and let God.

  330. Robin Stillwell says:

    Boy would I read and share this book!

  331. God has been nudging me gently, telling me to slow down and enjoy the every day things. I need this book!!! Life goes by too fast and we blink and our children are growing up!!

  332. This book would be so helpful in my season of life right now!!

  333. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  334. Thanks for sharing the phone in the bra story?I am so glad I am not the only one when I have my husband call my phone and my pocket rings?he sure gets a laugh out of that and so do I. Blessings and love to all?

  335. Love this devotional and would really benefit from the book!

  336. Eek! God spoke a word… Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  337. Thank you for this perfect message… I so needed this reminder! ?

  338. I can totally relate, I feel exhausted as soon as my feet hit the floor and it is non-stop, I find myself thinking about getting into bed and rushing through evening routines instead of living in the moment and appreciating the time I have with my husband and children.

  339. I struggle on a daily basis with the busyness and the struggle to be a good Mom as the challenge is different at each stage in their lives. Recently, my 16 year old twins have truly been testing me in so many ways and at times, I have felt like a complete failure at everything because I have too much on my plate. I have especially felt like a failure as a Mother. I know in my heart that is not true; however, when I let this stinking thinking get inside my head, it sort of takes over. I would LOVE to have a copy of this book!!

  340. This is so relevant in my life now. Four kids, both husband and I work full time, kids in sports and extracurricular activities, church and church related events. So I start my day with the Word of God before my house wakes up and find time to slow down at night once my house is asleep. I may not get enough sleep and my house may be messy, but I spend time with the Lord each day.

  341. I think your book could help me πŸ™‚ with little kids life seems to keep getting busier! I don’t want to miss the important things focusing on my agenda each day. It really is hard!

  342. Jasmine Wood says:

    Such a great devotional! Thank you for helping me to focus on the important things!!

  343. I read your devotional this morning and it really convicted me. My husband and I are both feeling like this. I have been praying for weeks and your story made me realize something. Our home needs less busy, more Jesus. I will be sharing this with my mom’s group. I think they will be able to relate to this too. Thank you and well done!

  344. Charlotte says:

    Thank you!

  345. Would love to read

  346. Thankful so, for the opportunity to win a tool, that could help with the constant demands upon life.

  347. Thank you for this message. Perfect timing. I need to slow down and enjoy life, which may require making some big changes.

  348. This sounds like the story of my life and definitely an area where I struggle to find balance and success. Being blessed with a copy of this book would be a blessing to me and so many others as I attempt to restore order to my life.

  349. Breah Klemp says:

    I needed this today! I’m in my clinical year of PA School.. Momma to two little energetic boys.. Wife to a traveling hard working man… And now we are expecting #3! One of my New Years resolutions was to slow down and enjoy my life as it is, instead of always anticipating the future (graduation, new job, new baby!). Thank you for this message today. God bless!

  350. As a mom of three 8 year olds, busy is a understatement. We came home just 8 weeks ago from China with the third child. It has been challenging and I try to focus on what is truly important and lean on God’s promises for all of us, but some days I’m just a mess. This book sounds like it would provide some hope and inspiration in those crazy, tough moments.

  351. I constantly battle with this! As a Pastor’s wife of a 900+ member congregation, mama of 3 teen boys, full-time 2nd grade teacher & team leader – my plate is full. I desire the quiet time with Jesus and do not want it to be my “leftover” time at the end of the day!

  352. I would love to win a copy of the book. I am a curriculum facilitator for a K-8 school, a curriculum writer for my church, my husband and I lead our small group, I have a running ministry with my church, I’m training for a marathon, my son is in scouts (which my husband is the den leader) and basketball… Wow! When you write it all down just that is exhausting. I don’t list these things as a feather in my hat but as recognition that I need to sort out God’s “Yeses” for my life. The snow days we’ve experienced recently has been a gift from Him. It’s been a reminder to slow down and enjoy the everyday blessing ever present if we push pause on our busy lives and just be.

  353. It would be a great encouragement to read that book. Please send it to me.

  354. I feel the struggle. The things I Am doing are good, yet still off balance. GOD does not want us overwhelmed. HE does not appoint us sooooo many tasks daily that we are drained and without the time to refill our cups! HE wants our hearts. Thank you for this message as it has caused me to examine my schedule and pray. I want to do those things I was anointed to do. Thank you and bless you.

  355. Doreen Sowers says:

    Need to read that book, very timely.

  356. Wow!!! So many women feeling the same as I am. Overwhelmed schedule. I loved your on-line bible study “THe best yes”, and am hopeful that you will offer this book as a future OBS…that is really all the reading I am getting done these days, and even if I get a free copy of this book, it will probably have to wait until my vacation over spring break to be read.

  357. Feeling the same struggles right now. Sounds like a great book.

  358. Tahisha Solages says:

    Grace and peace my sisters! This was an amazing devotion! It’s crazy how we all struggle with busyness, the Lord says He won’t give us more than we can bare, but when we focus and overwhelm our lives with what we think we need to do to reach success as man sees it, it exhausts us. Therefore, being reminded that God did not intent that we give ourselves more than we can bare, and with His spirit of self control we can learn to apply Dicipline in our lives of busyness and make time for what God says really matter. I recently quit my job and trusting God for a better opportunuty, while on my quest to the new opportunity, I’ve looked back and see how busy and unhappy I was… I couldn’t have made a better decision. I am now learning to appreciate every day and make the best out of every day given to me. Furthermore, I’m reminded that God gave us life to live most abundantly, and thats what i will to do. Thanks for sharing this and reminding us God’s word on how short our lives on earth is.

  359. I would love to add this book to my collection, I need to clean out the busyness of my life.

  360. I can’t even find words. I struggle with this SO much! And all the devotionals and books I’ve read (or more accurately, meant to find time to read) have not gotten me to the place where I can discern God’s leading me to which things HE really wants me to do and which things are ones that I want to do. It always sounds so easy to set priorities and boundaries but I can’t seem to do it and only end up feeling more like a failure with a need to do more. Can you help me please?

  361. What a great reminder! I even sent it to my husband because we both struggle with the same thing. Thanks for the encouragement this morning!

  362. I retired after thirty years of teaching, and for the first 6 months, I was okay with not having to get up every morning. But then I longed for a purpose. Long story short: I am now secretary at my church and back on the hamster wheel, albeit a smaller wheel. Seems like I’m wired for busyness. As long as I can keep perspective, and know that I’m where God wants me, I can handle the busyness.

  363. Steph McAllister says:

    Need this book! Need to learn to prioritize my busyness.

  364. Feeling like this now. Really want to change my focus to only what is important. This books sounds great.

  365. Heather Walker says:

    This devotion spoke volumes to me. Since being a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and find myself busier than I was when I worked. I am in constant motion from the time I wake until the time I lay down to sleep.

  366. Thank you so much for your devotional today. This is exactly where I’m at – juggling homeschooling, working part-time in ministry alongside my husband, driving my kids to their activities, running the household, trying to take care of myself (exercise and eating right), and being available to my husband and children for emotional support, and other… – it’s enough to make my head spin! And, of course, being drained, fellowship and bible study get pushed to the side. I am grateful for the time I have early in the morning to spend with the Lord, but even that feels rushed at times.
    I would totally love to read your insight on busyness and how to honor the Lord with my time! Thank you for your transparency! The Lord bless you as you continue your ministry!

  367. Shelly Alford says:

    In this day and age we have all the conveniences that SHOULD make our lives less chaotic but still we rush here and there. Having little time for the important things instead filling our lives with the “necessary” things. Any ideas on how to prioritize are a God send.

  368. Shelley Dupler says:

    Thank you for the encouraging me. My husband and I just became empty nesters with our last child, our son getting married on New Years Eve. I have been mind busy trying to figure out what God has for us now as we begin a new journey in life as parents of married children. Trusting the Lord for His direction giving me new ways to be a servant for Him!! Needed to hear this to slow down and listen and wait for His quite voice! For I know His plan is perfect and in His time!! I would love to read this book!

  369. Miranda B. says:

    Learning to give my best Yes!

  370. As I read your devotional, I felt exhausted inside….and I could relate to those moments of pure overwhelming days. However, I cannot relate to being a married woman with children which makes my exhaustion seem a little silly….I almost felt guilty reading about the struggles of the married wife or the mother of children. I guess exhaustion can come in all different forms…but I sometimes wonder, if I cannot handle my time now, how on earth will the Lord provide me with a family that might make my heart more on edge? I hope that, with quiet time in prayer and scripture, I can be moved to make a change in my life to take time and rest and truly be with God…trusting Him in every area of my life…that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…I can overcome and I can rest in peace. Thank YOU for your devotional!

  371. Thank you for all that y’all do for the daily devotions. Today speaks so much to me. I feel like I am burned out in so many things that I use to love to wake up to do. The struggle are real and hard to overcome. But I remember that I am not alone. Thank you for your devotion.

  372. This truly spoke to me today, and I need to stop being so busy, and take time for prayer and reconnect with God. The laundry and emails can wait. For me, my kids and my sanity, I need to stop each day and remember this Psalm 39:4 πŸ™‚

  373. Oh I would almost challenge you to show me how to stop the crazy busy! I had six kids, homeschooled and am a Pastors wife. We own our own business to which I do the office work. I had been home 28 years. Two years ago I got a part time job and I feel my life is just crazy. I am busier now than I ever was with 6 kids at home. If you have answers, I am definitely interested!

  374. Deana Rashleger says:

    This devotion couldn’t have come at a more pertinent time. God has a funny way of doing that, placing messages in our life when we need them most. Great is His faithfulness! I have been consumed by busyness for sometime now. It’s overwhelming, depressing and defeating. This is exactly where Satan wants us to be, so he will always continue to find more things to consume our time. Praise God for His unfailing love to remind us of the things that are important in this life and to keep us on His heavenly path!

  375. Liz Feldman says:

    I would LOVE to read this book, because this is exactly what I’ve chosen to focus on and change in 2016. My word for the year is “peace,” but already this year I’ve been brought to tears over the many stressful things my life is full of. I would love to have some solid ideas for how to change that busyness and really embrace peace.

  376. This is exactly what I needed to hear today!

  377. Hazel Desoto says:

    We have to learn to put margins in our lives. Enjoy what we have but practice mindfulness

  378. Mellisa spivey says:

    I feel like this everyday! I’m a full time working mom with a small busy of my own on the side. I volunteer with Gifl Scouts for my daughter and work around sports for my older two. It gets so crazy! I’m VERY blessed with an amazing husband who loves to be involved with the kids. Together we are the perfect team. πŸ™‚

  379. Oh boy, this speaks to my heart. I too have five boys, and just running them makes me run ragged.nadding in my own agenda sometimes puts me over the top. Time in prayer seems to be the first to go when I can’t seem to “get up and go” in the mornings. I imagine your book is fantastic! Thanks for the encouragement.

  380. Ginger M. says:

    Our children grow up so fast that we need a constant reminder to slow down and enjoy. It is just a blink of an eye for it all to be over and for what….rushing and being crazy. Just the reminder that I needed for today.

  381. Need desperately… Sucked Into this for 20 years never a moment to enjoy! This book would mean alot to me.

  382. Still fighting this battle at 62 years of age ?

  383. So needed to read this message this morning. Focused to do lists. Priority on what is important. I’m tired. Changes must be made.

  384. Keeping my eyes fixed on HIM! Slow me down Lord!

  385. This was written for me today! It’s our 3rd day of school being cancelled (only 1 day needed to be cancelled, imo) and I’m trying to fill our day today because it’s my 5th day in a row with all 3 kids. They’re wearing me down!
    Thank you for this message! And I would love to read Breaking Busy!

  386. This book would be great for myself and a friend who are seeking to be what God has called us to be. To find the balance in life and be able to enjoy our families.

  387. I think this is for all of us! Thank you! I would love to read the book & then share it with my daughter. God bless you.

  388. God is awesome….. The timing of this devotional is impeccable? Was just telling myself I don’t have it in me to keep going at this rate.
    Thanks for this. Started this morning to say no to a few things????????????????

  389. I haven’t been to this website in a while and was led to read today’s devotional. It was exactly what the Lord knew I needed to hear and be reminded of today. Thank you. I would love to read this book and transform my life and my priorities.

  390. Thank you.

  391. Elaine Segstro says:

    Wow, I would love to read this book. Even though I have no children at home, I still feel that I’m running around in circles. The big things in life do count. Thank you and bless you!

  392. Katie Welch says:

    I just recently hit a brick wall with “busy”. I feel the Lord is calling me to better things……

  393. I just would like to let you know how much I am enjoying your reading this morning. I am so glad that I signed up to receive everyday a reading. I lived all the way in the Virgin Islands and this book will be great for myself. This book will enhance my spiritual life.

  394. I am serving Father overseas with my family in East Asia. I have been busy for the past 8 years caring for elderly parents long distance, adapting to a different culture, learning a new language, raising my family, being a wife, and also having an administrative educational position with my organization here. I need to learn a better way to live my life without so much “hurry” in it. I need to not feel guilty when I take time to take care of myself. I need to be more like my name – Mary – than Martha.

  395. Kayla Selph says:


  396. I would love to read this book. My pastor at church talked about this on Sunday and now I’m reading about if for today’s devotional. I think someone is telling me to slow down and enjoy the important things and let the little things go.

  397. Definitely needed this today. My daughter started back at college this week, 4 night classes to pick her up from along with the rest of my already full days.

  398. I would LOVE this book! Finding time to read it would be made a priority, in this busyness! Focusing on the big things and slowing and enjoying life sounds so great and simple, but how does one get there?!

  399. What a refreshing and much needed teaching today.

  400. I always feel like my life is in a crazy spiral and all I want to do is have a little peace…to get off of the crazy spiral! So many demands from my children and family, that I forget my children are only children for a period of time. I don’t want to look back and wonder what fun things I did with these innocent lives that will soon be adults!

  401. I was just talking to a friend about this last night. I would love to be able to teach a class on this. Focusing on what matters β™‘ this book sounds like a great resource!

  402. I am past the little people stage in my life but the busyness continues to be a drain on everyday living…deep hole. I would love a copy of the book. Proverbs 31 ROCKS!

  403. Embrace rest! I’d love to win this and use it as a raffle item for my MOPS group.

  404. I would love to read this book, I know I get to busy sometimes.

  405. Erica Plummer says:

    Just the devotion I needed to read this am. God really provides things at His appropriate time and I am so thankful for that. I am also thankful that I am learning to find peace, love and joy thru Him and not things, circumstances and situations. They are the fleeting parts of life for sure. This devotion is another confirmation of that. I would really love read to this book.

  406. OMG! After reading this devotion and realizing it fits me perfectly, I could definitely use this book!! Lord, please help me get rid of the busyness in my life!

  407. I really needed to read this devotional today. My busyness has consumed me. Thinking about how short life really is definitely gives me some perspective.

  408. Stephanie says:

    It’s nice to hear I am not the only one who is too busy doing too many good things. I would love to read your book!

  409. Micki Harrison says:

    I am the “busyness” queen. Would love to read your book in order to break the cycle…and be an able to steer my daughters away from the busyness trap. Eager in Mississippi.

  410. I really needed this today as I stand at my kitchen sink scarfing down breakfast while I am reading my devotional before I run off to work!! Thank you!!!! I definitely need to read this book!!!

  411. Juli Martin says:

    Great message to those of us who try to do too much. It caused me to stop what I was doing and re-direct my energies and priorities.

  412. Thank you so much for this timely message. This is exactly what God has been speaking to me about changing in my life and this is just another confirmation that he wants me to find a little slower pace than break-neck speed!

  413. Stephanie says:

    This devotion really spoke to my heart this morning. I would love to have the book to help me reinforce what I read today.

  414. Wow……does this ever hit home with me!!! More often than not, I feel like I’m on that hamster wheel.

  415. I can so relate. 8 am so tired of being tiredΓ·

  416. Melonie C says:

    As a mom of 3 teenage girls who have been involved in everything, I feel like the word “busy” is stamped on my forehead and embedded in my DNA. IN fact, I have a mug sitting on my desk that reads “I’m just too busy to even tell you how busy I am.” What I have tried to focus on though is that this busyness is only for a season with my kids. Soon, I will have 3 adults who will be creating their own type of busyness and I will be coaching them on making time for themselves. Maybe this book would allow me to coach them not only with my words but also with my actions. After all, those of us who live on the merry-go-round of busyness don’t tend to just get off when the busyness doesn’t involve our kids, we just fill in those slots with other busy things.

  417. I’d love a copy of this book! Speaks to my heart…

  418. This is something I’ve really been struggling with, especially since we lost my husband few years ago. I often feel like that hamster on a wheel with rarely a moment to get off to relax. Even when I do take time to enjoy an activity, I feel guilty cause I’m thinking of tons of things I have to do, my daughter feels lonely at home being the only child. My prayer time & devotion time are practically null. It’s a struggle trying to balance being single working mom, home owner, parent, etc.

  419. Leann Vandemark says:

    This book sounds great. The devotion sounded like my heart most days. Loved the verse and appreciate the writing very much

  420. Simply reading this devotional and scrolling down through these many, many posts and comments, I see that we are in an epidemic of busyness. I too want to get off of the hamster wheel. I’m married to a man who is on the hamster wheel as well. I long to draw close to Jesus. I would love to win this book and more importantly I would love to READ this book. Thank you for offering it

  421. I would love this book– thanks proverbs31!

  422. I’m in the process of learning this now. Would love to read this!

  423. I wrote some notes in my journal on your message. This is something I need to reflect on each day and practice, practice, practice. Because of this, I spent extra time with my son this morning and let the work emails wait a few extra minutes.

  424. I could not even count the times the cel situation has happened to me!!! Oh, the stress of not being able to commuicate!!!
    Indeed, submerged in so many things that have no meaning, mostly around chores. At this point, i feel led to get involved in other things that will help me draw closer to God, and making sure I do not over do it.
    Cannot do it alone, though!! God, help me be committed to this, with You!!

  425. Hi I would love to give this book to a friend who have been very busy lately. She keeps asking her children ” have you seen my eye glasses?” only to receive a reply “it’s in your head Mom. ” We used to pray together every morning. Calling each other thru our cellphone. But it stopped now that she becomes too busy with her family, work and church activities. Not to mention she has no house helper now. I hope you can spare a copy of the book for her. Thank you very much

  426. It’s refreshing to know others struggle with the grip of busyness and have created real life experienced resources to come alongside others who share in this fight.

  427. Mary Beth Hodges says:

    Love this! I did a major purge 2 years ago of things in my life. This reminded me that it’s ok! I have been slowly and prayerfully adding things back.

  428. Adding this book to my “must read list.” πŸ™‚

  429. Breaking Busy, Amen. Your story rings true, full time working parents that are also coaches and kids to shuffle to and from acrivities, plus I love making endless lists! Sounds like your book would be a God send!

  430. Wow, definitely what I need to think about now. I have so many books and Bible study I want to dive into and the little things, dishes, laundry, falling asleep watching a silly TV show, get in the way. I need to prioritize my to do list. I think reading this book would help me kick start a more focused strategy for the days so that I don’t forget what’s really important: a relationship with Christ and my family and friends.

  431. Thanks, so much, for this devotion! It really hits home!

  432. I feel that I really would benefit from a book like this. I have 3 children, and a terminally sick husband. I am self employed, but have to cancel work to take care of everyone. My husband cant work, so when I don’t work I don’t get paid. I cant even find time to take care of my needs because everyone else and everything else needs to be cared for. I need to find a balance in my life that I can stick to.

  433. Life is busy and we try as a family to always if possible to eat supper without any distraction were no phones or other media can be at the table. This is a time to catch up. But it seems thrashed life take over and this is when I reavaluate our schedule and find time for a date with my husband or a family date. I would love a copy of your book.

  434. Charlotte says:

    Needed to read this today! I was sitting enjoying after nursing snuggle time with my 3 month old thinking of all the things I needed to get up to go do. Thanks for giving me the okay to sit a little longer.

  435. i would love this book

  436. Christine says:

    Thank you for this article – I needed it today, life has been moving way too fast and like you said, we only have a numbered amount of days here – need to focus on what’s really important.

  437. I was praying almost the exact same prayer yesterday, but you really brought it home with “remind me how brief my time on earth will be”

  438. As I sit here eating oatmeal (at work), checking emails, and prepping for a conference call in 20 minutes….all I can say is thank you. Thank you for allowing God to speak through you.

  439. I am a 58 year old gramma. My busy season of life is over, yet life is just busier these days than it used to be. Technology always crying and vying for my attention. I just finished a devotional that asked me to find one word to meditate on this year. I felt God leading me to the word “focus”. I have been a bible study girl for 35 years, I have read more devotions than I could ever count. But at this stage of life it is harder for me to do my devos and bible study undistracted. Therefore, I chose the word focus, to keep my mind intentionally on what I am doing when I am with my Lord.

    This devotion used the word focus many times, reiterating and confirming that I chose the right word. Thanks for the encouragement of staying focused.

  440. Mustard seed says:

    Great devotional! This is exactly me! running around like crazy every day for every thing. I am a mom to a 3 year old, a wife, work full time and I’m studying for the CPA exam in the middle of all this craziness! would love this book although i’m not even sure i would have time to read it right now. πŸ™‚

  441. Wow, is this timely! Thank you for such a God-inspired post that many of us can relate to today.

  442. Talk about divine intervention. I was listening to you last night on Inspired to action podcast and I didn’t get to finish it, so imagine my surprise when I saw your name on the devotional. This spoke to my heart in more ways than one. Thank you for the gentle reminder that we need to slow down and focus on who and what is important.

  443. You would think when your children are grown you would have more time to slow down and enjoy life but sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way. Praising God for his faithfulness and love. Praying the Lord would give me the strength to follow Him in all he has called me to do.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  444. I would love a copy of this book for myself. I thought things would slow down a bit after our kids married and moved out of the house, but my husband and I find ourselves busier now more than ever! We need to focus on the important things!

  445. Shameka Brown says:

    This is me. I feel this way often. All I can say is thank you Lord! I prayed for an answer this morning, and I got one!!!! So grateful!!!!

  446. As the mom of a busy tween and teen, I need this book!

  447. I feel like the Lord is really speaking to me on this subject and this just reinforces it!

  448. Sign me up

  449. This is where I am in life – trying to grasp and gain control of the busyness of life while having 6 kiddos. This book sounds like an effective tool just to help gain perspective and allow priorities to be better set!

  450. Being too busy to enjoy life with God and family has always been a struggle for me. I would love to break busy and get off the hamster wheel before my children leave the nest. Having a time to rest and restore also sounds amazing. I make plans to have time to restore but it seems like something that needs to be done always pops up. Thank you for your devotion and reminder that my days are numbered.

  451. What absolute perfect timing on this devotion and learning about this book…I was just having this conversation with my boyfriend yesterday on how I feel in a constant, neverending circle of busyness and I never have time to stop and just enjoy life and what I’m doing in the moment. Would love a copy of this book!

  452. Kim Barlow says:

    I really, really need this book. The devotional was just what I needed to read today.

  453. Looking forward to this book! Very applicable for many people.

  454. I really enjoyed this devotion! As a 20 something I think I have my whole life ahead of me and I need to keep pushing for my future career, but don’t really think about the little things. I have already written down the verse Psalms 39:4 to keep with me to have a reminder. I also think that you can look it in another way as well. I have been struggling with my relationships with my family and I dwell on them and I am always trying to think what can I do it make it better. Even at work I think about it, I think Psalms 39:4 is a great reminder that I have a brief time on earth and while it really hurts I can’t have the “perfect” family relationships I want I shouldn’t be constantly dwelling on it and letting it consume so much time that I can’t focus on my relationship with God. So glad I read this, this morning!

  455. Amanda Magers says:

    Thank you for this article, and the reminder that everything is not as important as I think it is. Sometimes I need to slow down, and ask God what He wants me to do with the time He has given me. Thank you.

  456. Martha Lucas says:

    Enjoyed this devotion and would love to read book and share with friends!

  457. As with everyone else–I am WAY too busy! I would love to win the book as well. Thanks!

  458. Such a great message and reminder. With the world spinning faster and more responsibility placed in us it’s hard. God asks for our time, not for him as much as he knows we need it. Lord bless this day and all the busy women in it. Amen.

  459. Judy Rudman says:

    This devotion really spoke to me- I feel like each commitment I have is GOOD, but the culmination of all my activities leaves me short with my children and exhausted physically and emotionally some days. I would love to read this book and learn new ways to stay involved in serving without overdoing

  460. Kate Sublette says:

    I would love to read this book. Sadly I needed this devotion today more than ever. I need more God time.

  461. I would love to read this book! Thanks for writing about what so many are going through!!

  462. Thank you for Psalm 39:4. Truly what I needed to read this morning. I felt as though I was at the end of my rope by 7 am this morning. My to do list is so long. This verse really helped me put things back into perspective. Look forward to reading this book and finding more encouragement!

  463. Melissa Wall says:

    I have been at a near-breaking point for a few months now, barely surviving having gone back to work full-time after my 3rd child and running around after work with my 2 older school kids for their after school activities. I’ve done it to myself more than anything and realize my kids need more time at home and not running around to different sports activities. I’m reviewing priorities and we will be stepping back from a number of activities soon.
    It would be nice to win this book

  464. Kristin Faure says:

    I would love a copy of this book! Tools to combat busyness are necessary for all women in all stages of life.

  465. Tommie Beth says:

    WOW – once again how timely is this devotion. I have struggled and struggled with being the hamster on the wheel. A friend and I have discussed many times over the last couple weeks how we need to “slow down and refocus” our time and energy. I would love to read this book for more insight and encouragement.

  466. I would love to read this book – but truthfully I have am reading 2 others now and have 2 on my night stand I think I need to read – I am known as ” your so busy” and hate myself some days because I do what seem like the important things and do want to do the little things. I admire those who do the little things – the things that make one smile, feel important, feel valued – I think my career is a a gift God has given me yet it consumes me – I burned out over a year ago but can’t seem to figure out how to stop this cycle πŸ™ God Bless you for figuring it out and I hope your message helps others ! It is a beautiful world God created and meant to be enjoyed! ?

  467. Calm my worries and allow rest.

  468. Tricia Hward says:

    I was just talking about how our lives get filled up with the little stuff and the big stuff can get pushed aside. I’d love to read your book!

  469. Great devotion today. I felt like I was reading a recap of my own life. Could definitely use this book but wonder if I will find time in my busyness to read it!

  470. Trish Edwards says:

    Thank you for this devotional. I really need to read this book. Life is too short. I work in a hospital. I feel overwhelmed by all the reports that are due, the visiting of patients and training of staff, then the expectations of home life. Yesterday was exceptional difficult, for I had to watch a family say good bye to their loved one. It’s time to slow down, and focus on what’s really important. Love of my God and his teachings.

  471. Oh how I can relate! Being a single mother of three children (one in college, one in high school and one in middle school) my life is BUSY! I hold strong to the truth of His word.

  472. Johnna Vines says:

    Alli, thank you for helping me not feel alone. I travel 4+nights a week in Baltimore/DC traffic. I battle traffic just to get home on Friday. It usually takes me 5+ hrs. My job requires mental weekend work. Reports, orders, prep for Monday. I pay bills, clean house, attempt to enjoy my 11yr old and pay attn to my son in college And of course my husband. All I want to do is sleep and avoid my life. Now both parents(12 hrs away) require nursing home attention. IHow do I do it all?! My mind is tired! My life is a blur God sent this devotional directly to me, thank you Lord! Pray for me please! I’m only one woman!
    In him, Johnna

  473. linda anderson says:

    i have something to do every day and i am busy! a lot of the time i am just too tired to study the word of god. but i know i need to and have private prayer time. i would really like to have this book to help me. thank you

  474. I think almost everyone can relate to this. The struggle IS real. I would love a copy of this book to read and even pass onto to someone else who may need the help in this area.

  475. Jina Sanders says:

    Thank you for this timely devotion!! Everyone on our life is telling us that we are too busy, but my husband and I are at a loss as to what to cancel. We don’t have much fluff on our achedules….we have four boys, so I just lee assuming that this is life until they’re all grown….I have used your hamster wheel analogy almost daily!! Thank you for the hope and reminder today!! If the Lord wills, I’ll be one of your five to receive an opportunity to read your book for free πŸ™‚ Many blessings to you and thank you again for a perfectly timed devotion!!’

  476. Angela McDaniel says:

    This message could not have been more timely for me. I have been in the “busiest” seasons of my life professionally!

  477. Yes this describes me!! I need to get off the hamster wheel and live for the Lord not my to do list!! I would live to win a copy of this book!!

  478. Quit my part time job 3 months ago for this reason, life was too busy with having 5 little kids to be working away from home. Still learning to keep a daily focus and not let mindless thoughts get in the way of loving my kiddos.

  479. At 50 years I thought my life would have calmed down at this age but I seem more busy now than ever and definitely more stressed. I have been wanting to red a good book and trying my best to keep up my faith in God.

  480. Gretchen Murphy says:

    This was a message I needed today. All of my kids are grown, but work and the little details of getting things done has taken over my life, not having much time for my relationship with Christ or with my husband. I have lost the joy. I need to find balance and put the focus back where it belongs. I believe that this book would be a great start.

  481. Jountia Boiles says:

    This book would be a great blessing to keep my mind focused on Christ and not the busy stuff I constantly put on myself.

  482. Wow! Needed this today, I would benefit from this book! I go from one thing to the next to the next. I am contemplating going back to school to get my bachelor’s degree in my passion which is nutrition but at 33 with 2kids in private Christian school, one getting ready to go to high school and a business of our own I’m scared it would make me feel too busy again! But right now I’m not busy and I feel like I have no purpose. Looking for guidance from the lord but not hearing from him yet. Maybe this book would help….

  483. Renee Leachman says:

    Thank you for the devotional – fits my life to a “T”. I would love to receive your book, since there’s no doubt I need it… two jobs, two kids, too much to do in life!! If it’s God’s will for me to receive it, then it’ll be by His direction and guidance that I find time to read it!

  484. I would love this book!!!

  485. Thank you for the reminder to stay focused on what is important. It is so easy to become overcommitted with life’s activities & demands.

  486. Christie Fletcher says:

    The title sums up exactly how I’m feeling right now. I didn’t enjoy the holidays this year because of so much stuff happening and I feel like we’re never caught up enough to slow down and enjoy being together as a family. Every time my children ask to do something or go somewhere, I find myself sighing because I’m thinking, “Not another thing to do!!” I’ve found myself attending our activities at church but not enjoying the time of fellowship with my Christian family because I’m always thinking of what else I need to be doing.

  487. The ringing phone made me smile. I would love to read this book.

  488. Wow! This was definitely meant for me! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve felt and feel this way! In giving of myself and serving so much, I find that I overlook husband, family and even myself! I am trying to desperately find a balance between serving God and being a wife and mom to my children. I would love to have this book!

  489. Stephanie says:

    Feeling the same struggle. Adding this book to my reading list.

  490. As a teacher to kids all day, a wife to a teacher, a mom to a new baby at home, a Sunday School Teacher, a daughter, a friend, and a sister I constantly feel like I am running around like a mad women. My to-do list constantly gets new items to it and less items crossed off. My time at home is torn between daily chores and tasks of life and spending time with my husband and baby. It feels like its a constant fight between what is necessary to finish and what is more important. God knew exactly what I needed this morning in this devotion, because the title “When You Feel too Busy to Enjoy Life” were my exact words to my babysitter this morning. It seriously gave me chills when I saw this in my inbox. His love never fails!

  491. This devotion definitely spoke to me. I have been having trouble balancing my leadership duties at my campus ministry with school and work and discipline the girls in my small group. I would be so grateful for a chance to read this book and see if it could help me at all.

  492. Jody Buchan says:

    This sounds just like me. I have tried to slow things down or should I say, my health has forced me to slow down. But I still have a hard time saying no to things.

    My husband works nights, so the majority of the tasks are done by myself. There are days that I am just at my breaking point.

    Please choose me for one of your giveaways.

  493. I feel like I m always falling back into this cycle. It takes constant discipline to live life on purpose in our culture!

  494. This hits so close to home. I wish I had realized this when my kids were young. Each activity in itself was good but all together left me exhausted and unable to live in the moment. Encouraging each mom to really pay attention to this and put it in to Action!

  495. Thank you for this devotional!
    To be honest, I don’t have much on my plate of life, but in my brain, it’s too much. For some reason I can’t keep up, stay organized, stay focused, and stay zealous. Almost everything is half done, in a pile, and in the way.
    I feel this book would be of some help for a person like me.

    But again, thank you for writing this devotional.

    Have a great day!

  496. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I really needed this today and I sincerely prayed this prayer you added too. I am mother to 5 kids also, ages 13-2. My husband works full time, plus is the president of our local Baseball board, as well as a baseball coach. He also took a part time job to help us financially and I am working two part time jobs. We are also very involved in our church, between ushering, running A/V, teaching Childrens church and leading elementary youth group on Sunday evenings, I feel as if my days spin out of control and go by way to fast before I can accomplish everything beyond dishes and laundry. I try really hard to do things with the kids, play games, etc, but inside I feel exhausted and wiped out. I would love to have the chance to read your book. Thank you.

  497. I feel that when I get home after working a full time job that I just want to collapse. Then, we have all of the kids’ extracurricular activities. I get so overwhelmed at times that when I do have a free moment, I find myself just laying around doing nothing. I would love to read this book to try to help put life into perspective.

  498. Such a good devo today. The book sounds like just the right message for today’s way too busy woman. We all need it!!

  499. Lisa Bailey says:

    Wonderful reminder that we should evaluate our activities! First of all “did I take the time I needed to visit with God” and Second “will this activity improve my relationship with God or family” if neither, is it worth the effort. Third “is my life going to be a subject of a talk show or a testimony of my Christianity”. Thank you Ally for the reminder I needed today!

  500. “Enable me to focus on the things You want me to do, not all the little things I worry about or think I should do.”

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today, and what I’ve felt but not been able to verbalize! Thank you!!

    I don’t know that there’s anything I can “downsize” right now in my life, but even being aware of it is a huge help to me!

  501. Kristi Dennis says:

    I hope to be one of the lucky winners of this book. I could so use it. As I seem to have lost my direction in life.

  502. Brooke Marsh says:

    Very much a problem in so many of our lives!! Thanks for the reminder and the prayer for this; I would love to read your book -if I can make time! LOL..

  503. This story could have been my own. As a mom of 4 sons, community volunteer, husband who coached football and baseball, on staff at our church as the director of children’s ministries; my life was full of many good things, but bereft of the best things. Now as a grandmother with my children almost all raised, I see that I was missing the rhythm of Sabbath rest and the restoration that comes with that. I’m still have to fight the impulse to be doing instead of being.

  504. Ann Connell says:

    I need to learn to slow down. I would love to read this book.

  505. Amy Miller says:

    Thanks so much for this devotional. It’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only one that feels this way. I so much want to get off the hamster wheel but have no idea how to do it. Thank you for the reminder that my days on this earth are fleeting & to try & focus eternally & not waste the time we’ve been given here.

  506. I think this book would be wonderful! Being able to find that balance is something that I struggle with daily. Thank you for sharing your expertise with all of us who want to find that balance!

  507. I am a wife and mom of two, my husband is a music producer and travels back and forth to LA twice a month (as a matter of fact, I just dropped him off at the airport yesterday morning!), I work full-time and I am in the process of growing my business. Then, to add to all of those responsibilities, we are trying to have another baby! Many days I have felt overwhelmed, too busy, or just plain crazy…especially when hubby is out of town. I struggle with spending QUALITY time with God in my busyness. I would love to win this book in hopes to get my life in balance and filled with His Peace.

  508. There is so much “good” stuff to do, I want to be a part of it all. I have to remind myself to say “no” to the good, so I can say “yes” to the best!

  509. I really needed to hear this today, it encouraged me so much! Thank you so much for writing this.

  510. I can so relate to the stress and the busyness that you describe in today’s devotional. My husband and I have four children and between both of us we have technically seven jobs. Yes that’s right, seven jobs. We each only have one full-time job, but both have little side jobs that just add to the craziness of our life. But we have recently had it on our hearts to potentially adopt a child. I keep wondering how we can possibly do this with as busy as we are… My heart breaks to take my kids to school every day and leave them at daycare for long hours. Seems like the amount of student loan debt that we have is the driving force in our lives prohibiting us from living fully as God would have us to do. Getting this book would be such an answer to prayer… I even feel like it would be God somehow speaking into the craziness of our life.

  511. I soo needed this reminder today. After feeling exhausted last night and an overly-long commute this morning to work, all I could think is “why am I doing this???” I’m reminded that I am in this place for a specific purpose and reason, HE has placed me in each of the roles I am in – and I need to keep my eyes on Him to know where, how, and when to spend my time in each of those roles. Thanks Alli! Looking forward to reading your book (in my spare time.) πŸ™‚

  512. Princess Vlandamir Judd says:

    Thank you GOD for sending Alli with this messege – “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered β€” how fleeting my life is.” Psalm 39:4. I am so guilty of trying to get everything covered for TOMORROW and THEN; until I am missing out on being grateful for the NOW! We don’t have days to get it right, we have NOW to get it right. Again, thanks for the messege!

  513. Stacy Fortenberry says:

    I can only imagine how many women relate to this message! I AM ONE OF THEM! I hope to change this and would love to read your book!
    Thank you for sharing your struggles and your wisdom,

  514. Busyness. It truly is the greatest work of Satan. It pulls our focus away from what is most important. I’d love to read how Alli handles the stresses of life that tug at her mind for her attention. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  515. I need to get off this hamster wheel!!!##

  516. I’d love a copy of the book. Our pastor literally preached about this very topic last week – even using the same verse. Thank you!

  517. What a great reminder.

  518. The struggle is real! I always try to take on too much with good intentions.

  519. Thank you for today! We all could use this book… some people more than others. So if God wants me to get a copy of this book then my name will be picked! Anyway, it is a great reminder… we need to fill out cups so we have something to give to others. I have been depleted for years now and am trying to replenish myself… I am exhausted and haven’t even started the work day yet… Lord please help me to work for you today… to please you, to work as an instrument of your love towards others. Amen

  520. Thanks for the reminder of focusing my attention on what matters & quieting the busyness. I would love to read your book!

  521. I could definitely use this book!

  522. I needed this today! I’ve been wanting to read some Bible study books for months now, but every day after work there is so much laundry, kids to feed, dishes to clean, etc. Every night I fall asleep feeling like a failure b/c my house is still messy, I didn’t read to my kids, and I didn’t spend time with God. Yet I am too tired to move. Every morning I oversleep, race around like a mad person getting me and the kids ready, lunches made, snack money packed, laundry in the washer, meat out to thaw for supper, and usually end up late to school. What a loser I feel like!!!! I swear every day I will break this craziness and get things together, be organized, and get on top of things. And every day I fail.

  523. Thanks for all of your fabulous inspiring info. Keeping God first is a priority but it’s hard to balance. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  524. Thank you for a well needed message!

  525. Suzanne Mohler says:

    Thank you for today’s reflection! I would love to read this book and tap into balancing everyday life better….like you said, “the struggle is real” – Ha! But He does have a funny sense of humor in our moments of feeling frazzled! This was a great way to start my day.

  526. I would love this book. Just yesterday I felt so paralyzed by the responsibilities of my career job and the overwhelming worry about my family, my most important role as a parent, and caring for my children’s needs and not knowing where to turn first.

  527. Thank you for reminding us of what really matters.

  528. Sounds like s great book. I would really love a copy!!!

  529. I think I am addicted to busyness (my husband would agree) – I say this because the times I can and should rest, I feel there is always something to do, somewhere to go…

  530. I need this reminder today. I have been feeling overwhelmed recently with all the commitments in my life. My life has been crazy busy, and I haven’t been enjoying it recently. Then I feel like I don’t do anything well. All the areas of my life suffer.

  531. Lin Peters says:

    I’m involved with a woman’s group and last week we did an exercise on the different things that occupy our time and life. We then rated each area from one to ten as far as our contentment. The area for me that was weakest was my time for fun and play, so we brainstormed and I came up with a plan to include more options in my life for fun and play. This book would be the perfect tool to help me take that next step. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  532. Thank you for this timely and much needed word. I too, am guilty of letting the tyranny of the daily urgent run my life and rob me of peace and joy! Lord, help me to walk quietly through today with my eyes on you, whatever comes.

  533. Thanks for the reminder to focus on what is truly important.

  534. Thank you for reminding us about what really matters.

  535. I loved reading this! I definitely needed to hear this! Would love this book!

  536. Sounds like the perfect book for this time in my life!

  537. It’s funny how God speaks to you. This morning on my drive into work and walk up the hill – I was having this exact conversation with Him. Asking Him to help show he how to slow down. Thank you for your words.

  538. Great post! I came to this same realization yesterday and made a schedule change in my business so I can live life again.

  539. Rachel T. says:

    As my husband approaches retirement age after owning his own dental practice for almost 40 years, I was looking forward to things slowly down. Now that our youngest daughter & infant grandson had to move in with us after her 7 year old relationship went bad, I find myself in that rat race again which is overwhelming.
    I would love to have a copy of this book, then be able to pass it on to my daughter!

  540. Would love to have a copy of this book!

  541. Can’t wait to read this book – just ordered it! This is my goal for 2016 is to simplify everything about my life, including what I focus on. Just because everything on your to-do list is good, it doesn’t mean that God wants us to do all of them, they may not be part of his plan for us. Satan likes to place other to-do’s in front of us, and they seem good, but they are to distract us from the real path God wants us on!

  542. I’ve lost touch at even how to know what I’m supposed to do. My husband wants me to “this” but my heart pulls me to do “that”. Neither is probably right or wrong but I seem to get the short end of it…and I physically and mentally cannot go on like this. I don’t want to go against my husband (he has good intentions) but I feel I have to. I want to do what’s right but I don’t think feeling terrible 1/2 the time could be right. I would love a new perspective on how to handle life. I hope I am your random person πŸ™‚ thanks for the worship!

  543. My husband and. I just had this discussion about our time. The need to fervently protect our family time in a society of business and chaos. I was struggling to say no to yet another commitment. A great oppurtunity for one of our children but made less time as a whole family. Lord help us to see the big picture! Just because something is good, doesn’t mean it is best!

  544. I am constantly feeling the need to be busy. Why is it so hard to rest? Thank you for your words in this devotional. They were words I needed to hear. I can think of others I know that would also benefit from this book.

  545. Terri Tilton Ruth says:

    What a great devotional. I have been truly inspired by this ministry as I read these awesome devotionals each morning! This one especially as it is a great reminder to all of us women of how we need to slow down and more importantly rely on God’s truths for how we should be living a purpose-filled life. Thanks to Alli and all of the women who have the God-given talent of writing. I can’t wait to read this book!

  546. 3 boys. 2 under 2 and thinking about starting school, is gonna make for a very busy year! I would love to read the book on some guidance and balance in our busy life! Amen

  547. Amber donnelly says:

    Hope I win!

  548. I would love this book! I believe business is a lie from Satan and I believe it is a curse on families as well. In my family it is almost a trophy if you can say how busy you are and how much you do! I don’t want to live life that way. I want to have room to be able to bless someone that day instead of being so busy I cant even make a meal for a family in need. You hit it on the spot for sure. And can’t wait to read your book! πŸ™‚

  549. Oh, how I am struggling with this. Have been for quite some time & trying to break it…but to no avail. This book is on my list! Winning a copy would be awesome, too. haha!!

  550. Mych'Iayla Mathis says:

    Amen! This devotional really blessed me because this is something I struggle with. Being a therapist full time and then doing ministry full time can be taxing. My parents are pastors and so sometimes my ministry jobs get bigger and bigger and before I know it 3 weeks have flown by me. As I prepare to get married on Friday, learning to better balance would be a great thing for me. I NEED this book! I believe in the impact it will have on my life

  551. This devotional is spot on. After the holidays the tendency to continue down the path of busyness is especially tempting. Thank you for reminding us that while these tasks may be good, they are not always worth of our focus and energy!

  552. Would really love this book! Had an emotional break down yesterday over this exact issues!!

  553. This devotional really hit the nail on the head for me. I struggle with this daily. I would love to read this book.

  554. Danna Van Arsdale says:

    Wow! This message was just for me! I struggle with confusing busyness with productivity and even worse being spiritual. I need this book!!

  555. I have been trying to make this a priority in my life – to focus on my kids and husband instead of household chores and work.

  556. Wow do I need this. Way too busy with work, military, and family….

  557. Janette Duffield says:

    It’s so easy to get caught up in this cycle. Even if you are trying to be disciplined with your time and energy sometimes you get overwhelmed. Sounds like a great book.

  558. After starting a new job in April and getting married in November I feel scattered and like I never have time to stop and enjoy the huge blessings in my life and focus on how to be a good friend, daughter, wife, etc. Love the reminder to slow down and not be a slave to the to-do list.

  559. I love when I open up my email and there’s a message waiting for me from Proverb31 that speaks to exactly how I am feeling at that very moment. That’s what today’s message was for me. Thank you!

  560. I am a 56 years old only child with a 16 year of daughter and a 91 year old mother that I care for. I work full time in a very stressful job as a CPA. My husband and I find little to no time for each other. We attend church every Sunday which is a blessing. I really enjoyed the devotion for today and really need a copy of the book. Life is a very short journey and I know that however it is so hard to fine time to enjoy what really matters.

    Thank you!!

  561. I was just talking about business yesterday with a friend how relevant this book would be

  562. Leslie Goodwin says:

    Amazing how the answers or guidance we pray for often appear exactly when we need it the most!

  563. Sometimes it takes the wisdom from my adult children to remind me that I’m too busy!

  564. Jenissa D. Vazquez says:

    This devotion spoke right to my heart, mind, and body. Thank you for sharing your insight in a world of confusion and darkness.

  565. This book is me! On the outside it looks like we have it all. But although I am successful in my work and have a home and husband and 3 beautiful children, I do sometimes feel like a “fail” because I didn’t get this done or that done or the house wasn’t cleaned and I didn’t get to those piles of scrapbook pages I need to put into the kids books….me time? not sure what that is supposed to look like! But craving God’s peace in a frenzied world.

  566. I would love this book! As a full time working mom with Twins, I think I could gain a lot from this book! Thank you for giving this opportunity to people!

  567. There is all of this pressure to be the best mom and all of these things that people do and you feel like you have to to measure up. I need to learn that there is no right way to be a working mom or perfect way. There is the way that works for me and my family. No one else’s thoughts really matter. It’s between God m, my family and me.

  568. Sharon Waynick says:

    Just this morning, I was telling my husband how my spirit was heavy and as we talked about why, realized it was from the business of three children going in three different directions. How do I get off this hamster wheel?!

  569. Bobbi Wineberg says:

    Sometimes the busyness gets way too frustrating, like scrolling down a whole list of others agree to write my own. Phew, such an easy thing to do and to get guilty when I’m frustrated about little things.

  570. I want/need Peace and Purpose in my life!

    Monday is my birthday. Would be a great birthday gift! πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for your encouraging words!

  571. So the story of my life! Would love to read the book!

  572. Melinda McGee says:

    Really enjoyed the post. I do struggle with this daily. So many hours in the day and deciding which items to do are so hard sometimes. Would love your book. Thanks.

  573. I was just talking to Jesus about this very topic last night!!! I have been on the same hamster wheel for a little over 15 years and my health and patience with others is starting to fray to the last strand. Praise God that I have Jesus as my rock, my provider of all things that I need, tangible and intangible.

  574. Regina Vollmer says:

    In todays busy world it is so easy to lose focus and you don’t realize it until a loved one is taken way too soon. Then the what if’s come into to play. What if I would have slowed down and went to visit more often. What if I would have watched more of him playing football and the list can go on. As busy as the world is I agree I need to slow down and focus on the important things. I need to learn that things can wait we need to enjoy today because we are not promised tomorrow.

  575. I completely “LOST IT” when you said your phone was in your bra. It’s not funny, but, it is:)…. Sounds like something I would do. I am OCD about my telephone. Thank you for reminding us that life is short and how we need to enjoy the truly important parts of our life. The Lord and his word, our family, friends and then to just relax and enjoy the small gifts of life we are shown every day. Would love to have the book, but, I know many women are wanting it as well. Now, I just need to remember to take the time out of the day to “sit down” and read it. Have a blessed day.

  576. Thank you! I really enjoyed this devotion! I thought as I got older, “things” would slow down and I could relax and enjoy “being” (maybe it is just me that has slowed down). I have heard all my life, my elders talking about the “rat race”, now I understand. I have to consciously make myself slow down. One would think with all this technology today things would slow down and be more enjoyable, the world seems to be more in a rat race than ever before….everyone scurrying around and not enjoying life and those around you. Time is fleeting. Slow down. Live and love while you can. “And the greatest of these is love.”

  577. Suzette Buffa says:

    Oh my- this is ME!! Thank you for this devotion!

  578. I need this book! I’ve been trying so hard not to let this issue ruin the time I have with my boys- 7 and 3. People were right when they said you blink and they’re grown! I want to focus on their childhood since I am blessed to be home. I don’t want distractions of business to take away my joy and focus on God and my immediate family.

  579. Lidia Lambert says:

    Would love to read this book. Thank you!

  580. At my age..56… I still have had the problem of being way too busy. Taking on things that I did not have to do. I was ALWAYS looking at my watch, hurrying here and hurrying there. My watch stopped working awhile back. I bought a new one and it kept falling off my wrist. I abandoned the watch. That little change in my life has freed me. I no longer had it to look at and instead I concentrated more on what I needed to do. For some reason that has made a huge difference for me. And I have actually said “no” to several things I was asked if I’d like to do. Small steps, yes, but going in the right direction. I know where I need to focus my time and energy and with God’s grace, and guidance that’s what I am going to strive to do.

  581. Dori Sheese says:

    Would love this book! Thank you for this devotion – it hits the spot – especially the first part about “losing” her phone! I have done that soooo many times!!! too funny! God Bless!

  582. This is me. I work in a full-time inner city ministry. We are starting a multi-cultural church in the area where I work. I am running the kids programming because there is literally no one else to do it at this time. Organizing volunteers, getting curriculum, planning events and making sure the kids are safe and taught Biblical truths in a way that they will understand on top of all of my regular ministry responsibilities has me running crazy sometimes. Oh and we have a 10 yr old and a 1 yr old (yes God has a sense of humor giving us a 9 year gap). Aahh! I can’t really drop anything right now but I will be ready to hand over the kids ministry at church whenever we have the budget to pay someone to do the job. I’m learning to really delegate to other volunteers and to not try to take it ALL on by myself.

  583. Wow, I felt like this was written just for me. Thank you!

  584. Tammy Williams says:

    Sounds like the book for me!

  585. What a great devotion this morning. I can totally relate to the phone in bra story. Yesterday I was in my car ready to leave and took a call. 5 min later I hung up, turned off the car, walked back in my house, took my coat off and realized I was actually leaving! This book sounds like a good prescription for me!

  586. I need this kind of reminder to keep God front and center constantly in front of my face! Thank you!

  587. I’ve been through that season as a mom of 4 and now with different demands I go through it as a Grandma. Love those precious ones but even yesterday it was, of course I’ll read to you, the kitchen can wait. Time management is always a challenge.

  588. I’m always amazed by God’s timing. This is just what I needed to read this morning. Now I know I’m not the only one struggling with this issue. My husband and I have 4 teenagers and crazy work schedules. I went back to work full time this year to help cover the cost of college. I’m overwhelmed, stressed and cranky. I forget the little things and have convinced myself I have dementia! I would love to make a change but unfortunately I don’t see that happening in the near future. Thank you for sharing your story—now I know I’m not alone in this battle.

  589. I struggle so much with this! Would love to read this book!

  590. Wow, what a great reminder. I even looked at this thinking, “Do I have time to read this? I’m so busy already.” But it stopped me in my tracks and renewed my sense of living today. Thank you!

  591. Miranda Lee says:

    I just read your devotional on P31 & boy, did I need this one today! I have five kids as well (with a hubby who is always at work) and it can definitely feel like you’re running in crazy circles! I’m praying that I can figure out how to “calm my busy” and focus on what is truly important.

  592. I have try to claim ‘Be still and know that I am God for 2016! ( I think I have attempted this the last couple of years!) as I am overwhelmed with the ‘good’ busy also as described in your devotional! (Seven kids plus 2 also adds to that-but its a blessing, and a priority πŸ™‚ So I seen your freebie offer and it sounded great so I thought I would just leave a comment…..you know, scrolling down to leave a comment, I went-wow girls- we are all in this together (kinda long list of us trying to get our “as one gal described, and we can feel like… ‘loser’ lives together-lol!!) So as we all try to seek the Lord for (some type of) order to our days, without letting Satan steal our joy!! Hang in there all (even if by a thread!!)One step at a time, God is with us!!!….sounds like we all need the book πŸ™‚

  593. Paula Lloyd says:

    In the midst of working full time, being a single parent, going back to school full time and leading online Bible studies I struggle. This book is on my wish list to get sometime this year…..

  594. dionne Johnson says:

    I would love to Break Busy! God allowed me to see this just when I needed to..! Refreshing to my Soul

  595. Tara Williams says:

    Life is so hectic…always a nice reminder to slow down…even if just to breathe.

  596. Lauren Jolly says:

    This is the 2nd mention of Alli’s book to me this week and its only Tuesday! I would love to read and apply this message amidst the pace of hustle and bustle πŸ™‚

  597. Breaking busy, how can we possibly do this? It’s a true struggle over here because I feel like if I let up, nothing gets done..but if I don’t let up, I get bitter about working so hard and doing it all.

    Would love this book!

  598. I can relate to this message this morning. I am very busy running around with the kids, cooking, cleaning and church. I need to stand still and see what GOD has to offer in my life. instead of being busy all the time. I would really like to read this book.

  599. I just had my third child and have taken my six week break from ministry commitments. Now that I’m about to dive back in I’m feeling that I need to scale back some of these areas of serving. I don’t want to look back on this special time and regret being so busy with good things outside of my home that I missed great things with my babies at home. I’m sure I’d learn a lot from this book.

  600. Vancouver Mom says:

    The decorative font inserted in your graphic is hard to read, especially on mobile devices.

  601. I really struggle with knowing how to prioritize in the moment of tension. A million things needing my attention while knowing I need more of Jesus and quiet and quality time with my sweet family. The tension is real.

  602. This book sounds amazing and is just what I need.

  603. Melinda Gray says:

    Even without five little kids, I feel like I’m on the hamster wheel, too!

  604. Amy Schuette says:

    Keeping busy is very well known around this house. I think both me and my husband need to read this, I see their are a lot of ladies trying to win this book. I will give it a try too, this really would be a helpful book. Good luck to everyone ❀

  605. This is a very timely message! I would love to read this book and make some changes in my life!!

  606. I would love to get this book. Sometimes I feel as if my life is running out of control….

  607. Jaclyn Cathcart says:

    Thank you for sharing this today! I was just asking my American Heritage Girls & mentor mom that I needed prayer over this area of my life. Between being a wife, mom of a 10, 6 & 2 year old, homeschooling mom, friend, MOPS leadership, American Heritage Girls Leader, taking my son to speech, Bible Study participant…. Life has really been chaotic, out of balance, and draining. My mentor mom reminded me to always put God first, next husband, then children, and then service to others…. I have felt like I have been running around chasing chickens lately!

  608. Autumn Arthur says:

    I am slowly learning to not be busy, but it’s hard to work full-time and raise a family and not be crazy busy! I appreciate hearing a devo from a woman who knows that. Thanks P31 and Alli!

  609. Christy Reynolds says:

    I need this book! I feel like a hamster on a wheel most days. I have 7 children and work full time as a babysitter. I spend all day caring for their needs and shuttling them back and forth to basketball, cross country, volleyball and baseball. I.also serve in our church. I feel like I have put myself, my husband and more importantly God on the back burner.

  610. I am working on prioritizing even little things like washing my face before I crawl into bed! Life is full, but with The Lords help I am saying no to some things ,prioritizing others and identifying time wasters!

  611. Oh my goodness I absolutely adored this devotional today. It was EXACTLY what I needed! My husband and I have been feeling stressed out recently. With the Texas economy suffering because of the extremely low oil prices, my job has gotten harder, more uncertain, and more anxiety-inducing. My husband is about to graduate from law school, find a job in this market, and we are trying to have our first child and get really plugged into our new church and find ways to serve. I feel like we spend all day in our (one) car and we never get a break to just relax and enjoy being newlyweds! I would absolutely love to win this book! It would be so helpful for me.

  612. Tasha Gonzales says:

    I am that busy mom, 4 kids all have one activity outside of school. I work full time and am on the PTA board. I need to read this book regardless if I win a copy or not! I’ll check half price books to see if they have a copy.

  613. I feel like I could have written this post. I need this book. There’s got to be more….

  614. I learned this lesson 2 decades ago when I was a young mom with 2 little ones. I was a stay-at-home mom, but I was never home. The kids and I were constantly in the car, going here, there, and everywhere. We were involved in every church activity imaginable, as well as sports and dance. I was so exhausted and burned-out, I lost my joy. Additionally, I lost my health—got pneumonia, which took weeks to recover from, and then ended up with autoimmune issues (was told I was “looking at a lupus diagnosis.”) I had no choice but to slow down, and as I did so, my health improved, and my joy returned. I learned that living a slower, purposeful life was more satisfying than being involved in every activity known to man.

    Now, as an “older woman,” I find myself yearning to share what I’ve learned with today’s young moms, who are caught up on the same hamster wheel of activity that I was. Your book sounds like an awesome read, and one to which I will say “amen” on every page.

  615. Rebekah Ferrington says:

    This is my life! I’m a homeschool mom of three active girls. We have piano, gymnastics, horseback riding…..my husband is a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. We have a small group etc. All good things, but I’m chronically exhausted and at the end of my rope. I need out of the rat race so I can breathe again.

  616. My two sons are now in grad school but, before they were in college, we led a very busy life sharing in their athletic and other pursuits, serving at church in many capacities, working full time, keeping the “perfect” home and appearances. We really enjoyed it all and managed. Now that one is away and one is living his independent life, we have kept up the busyness. We can’t seem to just make time and space for peace and rest. Though we enjoyed the time with kids’ at home, we did look forward to a new chapter to take it easier. I would love to get some perspective on how to do that!

  617. Thank you for your aunthenticity! The struggle is real between what seems urgent and what is eternal in investing my time.

  618. Would be a blessing at this time in my life.

  619. Tommie Stanley says:

    I feel like this all the time….to the point I keep myself up all night thinking about it

  620. I’m in the process of choosing what activities are best for me and my family and line up with my priorities right now. It sounds like this book would be super helpful!

  621. Thank you for sharing this, Alli. The number of responses here is amazing – although I’m sorry to hear so many are in the same boat it’s validating to know I’m not alone in this challenge. Breaking free of the busyness entanglement can be an overwhelming task. Hopefully we can each lift each other up as we learn to lay aside everything that hinders us in our race for Him.

  622. Tabitha Breeden says:

    I love how God is always right on time! I had to have a major surgery 2 weeks ago. I have been out of commission and will continue to be out of commission for several more weeks. I have been so frustrated and stressed this entire time because there are so many things I need to accomplish and can’t. I also own a small (new) business and I am struggling now that this surgery had to happen. My mind won’t shut off. I can’t sleep well at night, tossing and turning worried about what I need to do but can’t.
    I know I need this time to recover, but I also believe now I need this time to relax and reflect. Draw near and reprioritize my “to-do’s” and life. I’ve been so busy doing things on top of things that the pain I was in for years took a backseat. Finally a surgery that should have took a few hours ended up taking 5 because I refused to slow down and put myself truly first.
    My husband and I have five children and I need to restructure my life to reflect what I speak; God first, family and friends, then the rest. I have really made a mess of things. Thank you for sharing, this truly has been a blessing.

  623. Like the author of today’s lesson we also have 5 children. 5 children with schedules that have to be managed between our work days, school and the daily needs of everyone. Any advice or guidance on enjoying life, the kids & my husband while getting through what is often a daily grind would be welcome. I can’t wait to read the book.

  624. I would love a copy for ways on how to slow down & truly focus on who and what is important in my life.

  625. Shana Milsap says:

    This book is so needed in my life!!!!

  626. Wow! I needed to hear this, again! Just this week my group leader encouraged me to take time with the Lord everyday. In the midst of my busyness, I often find myself at the end of the day not having spent quiet time with God, my husband, or son. It’s a process, learning to slow down and live the life God intended me to live instead of the life I think I need to live.

  627. This is a topic that speaks to me, and the book is calling out to me: “Must read!”

  628. This devotion hit the spot today!! I have been feeling so overwhelmed with work, home, children, activities, etc.. I truly feel I have no time for anything; yet I know I do, it is just a matter of getting rid of the BUSYNESS which becomes so consuming I can’t seem to accomplish anything well!!!! By the time I get home I’m so exhausted I just want to sleep, mainly because everything has gotten to the point of being overwhelming. Unfortunately, I am aware this is affecting my marriage, my quality time with my children and true time with God!!

  629. This was a great read. So much happens in life that it is hard to slow down for even a minute. I would love to read the book.

  630. I would love to have a copy of this book. This was a great and fitting post for the crazy world we live in.

  631. My life in a nut shell. I am literally losing my mind and want to get out of this busy vicious cycle so badly but can’t seem to succeed in doing so.

  632. I need this book. My word for this year is *balance* and I need to find a way to balance everything as a widowed mom with two girls still at home, a full-time job, and many workshops and presentations on grief and writing.

  633. Busyness is something I struggle with as a single mom of two teenagers. It’s hard to find a way to handle it all, yet enjoy life. Thank you for this honest article. It’s reassuring to hear there are other women who feel like they are on a hamster wheel as well!

  634. Sonya Burnett says:

    I could really benefit from receiving this book. As a busy wife, mom of two working full time and also involved in church, sports, Women’s Club, Booster Club, homeroom mom, etc, I need to really learn how to discern which of these “good” things God wants me to do and let go of the rest. I know He has plans for me and I DO NOT want to be too busy for His assignments. HELP!

  635. cynthia reid says:

    This is a word in due season for me my family and so many of my friends . Especially women involved in ministry and raising a family . I would love to receive a copy to share ! Abundant blessings on your day

  636. This is my first time reading the site and what a fitting article for today! I have found myself so busy over the past few months, and now, starting in a new internship, I am finding myself with a crazy amount of time on my hands. God help me to use that time wisely and to use it to deepen my relationship with you!

  637. Lori Blackburn says:

    It’s awemazing to realize how true this is for so many women. And men for that matter. We book up our days, all of our time is spent with no change at the end of the day. Reminders like this always come when I most need them!! Thank you for your ministry!

  638. Greetings! Beforehand, my apology for a lengthy note. Life is short and I would love to make it sweet for my baby sister. She has a big heart and thus can’t say no to anyone. She is a widow, she provides childcare for extra income. One extremely time demanding 4 year old grandchild and one she daily drives a distance to pickup from school. My sister takes her to youth religion classes, gets her home…a snack… sits to assist with homework and as soon as their mommy gets home my sister rushes and is on her way to her own church/prayer group meetings…gets home late…prays her last of her daily prayer routine. All this and still fits in time helping friends and neighbors with transportation, other needs, etc. She is still too young to look as tired and as old as she does. She is the true example of one living a hampster wheel life. She is sick and on meds. Her days start at 6am and rarely ends before midnight. She lives an exhausting life. I have attempted to explain why she needs to slow down; how it affects her health, and how she needs to live a life. My only hope is that this will help her rethink her routine and realize how important she is to all of us (siblings) and how we occasionally would like to see her relaxed, laughing, and spend time with her. I believe that this book will help her because she follows God’s words, if it biblically making sense to her I know it will bring her life back to a more relaxing and enjoyable one.
    She lives a cramped up life… day in and day out; Too long of a day to explain in detail. I get exhausted just imagining her day. All I can do is pray for her. Thank you for taking the time to read this plea for help. Blessings

  639. I would love to have a copy of this book. I have not allowed myself to enjoy life because I’m consumed with so many things like work, church, family, etc. I always tell myself that I’ll be able to enjoy my life later. But I should be enjoying my life NOW! Thank you for this reminder!

  640. I am so thankful for Proverbs 31 ministries. Today’s devotion was a needed reminder. I thank God for Ali’s willingness to share what the Lord has taught her. I know that this book would be very helpful to me.

  641. My prayer request from my small group last night was that I could figure out how to slow down enough to breathe!! So this was a breath of fresh air this morning. I love the humor along with the reality. Would love to read your book!

  642. Business. I keep coming back to that as an excuse not to do to many things. πŸ™‚ But then it does get busy and I wonder why? Why do I need to prove myself to God by doing so many things and I slow down. Then I feel guilty because I’m not doing more for the Lord. Sometimes I wonder if there is a happy medium but in those down times, I am able to talk to God more and I realize that this is what I truly want. I want to talk to God and let Him do what He will thru me. I just have to keep that as my focus instead of always rushing. I better start planning more. πŸ™‚

  643. First, let me say I agree with this post, however, I fear that so often when women read posts like this we think “I need to decide what my priorities are and simplify my schedule.” I feel the more important question is “What are God’s priorities for my life.” Before we cancel that Bible study we were going to lead, or stop volunteer work for the sake of needing more rest, I feel it is important to spend time with God in prayer asking Him to reveal His plan for us. Perhaps, He is asking us to spend less time on facebook, or watching TV, or so many of the other little things that steal our time and give nothing in return. Perhaps He IS asking us to forgo that Bible study this time, but I want to be sure I am hearing His voice and not my own.

  644. I’m in desperate need of this reminder to keep focused on the things of God and how brief our time here on earth is. Thank you for this wonderful ministry!

  645. Katie Touchet says:

    Thank you for sharing! Love being able to read these every morning!

  646. Debbie Presley says:

    Feeling like a failure is so much how I feel at times. Life can be so over whelming. I need to stop putting off until tomorrow what I need to do today.

  647. Wow. This was for me we disused this in our Bible study last week and God has been laying my busyness on my heart for a while now.

  648. Great devotion, right on time, would love the book. Thanks !

  649. I am right there with you ladies sailing in that ship. I am actually surprised at the number of responses gleaned from this article. I no longer feel like the only one operating under superwoman mode. For me, it seems like the activities and duties never end. It’s always a constant struggle of “what do I prioritize at this moment – what’s more urgent”. The sad thing is that everything always appears to be urgent and in need of attention. I feel so overwhelmed most days. What I find helps me, however, is to plan my days. While this does not help with diminishing the work load, it helps with calming my nerves and with juggling the amount of things that needs to get done. Some of the things I try to do are : “bulk cooking” on a given day, say a Saturday, package the foods and freeze them for use during the week. It takes several hours but I find it saves me time later on. I have separate laundry baskets, especially for the kids. If I can’t get to folding and packing out the clothes immediately, I at least know where to find what I need quickly. I involve my 4 y.o. with small manageable tasks. She helps to set the table. The place-mats may be upside down and I get issued a plastic fork at my spot, but that’s one activity completed before dinner. Furthermore she enjoys helping out. Bedtime is always around the same time, give or take a few minutes. I give them a heads up a couple minutes before so they are prepared that its coming. I at least know that somewhere between 8:00 pm – 9 pm, I can return calls if needs be, shower, pack lunches for the following day or just do nothing. It’s okay once in a while if a few dishes get left unwashed. I fill the sink with water – and look away πŸ™‚ It took me a long while to get to that place but eventually realized that the house did not fall apart if some things did not get accomplished. Each household and family dynamics will be different for sure. However I find that once you are able to develop a system or routine of some kind, one that works for you and your family, it helps to ease some of the overwhelm. I pray for us moms and wives that the strength of God will perpetually rain down upon our heads. Cheers.

  650. Secretly feeling like a fraud and failure on a daily bases – Excited to add this book to my reading list.

  651. I just commented in the First5 app about this very thing this morning. I am so overwhelmed with busyness that I have fallen into a pattern of procrastination that is adding more stress than the busyness! This book would be such a blessing!

  652. This is a great devotional. I am sure the book is just as good. Remembering to focus on the things God wants us to be focusing on. Not to be too busy to see what He wants for our lives. Would love to win a copy of this book.

  653. Debbie Atchley says:

    I would love to have this book for my daughter. She will get it after I have read it. I am a very busy wife, mother, and Nana! My daughter is a very busy divorced mom of 1. She struggles daily with keeping her checkbook above the red, working long hrs as a beautician, then trying to have time and patience for her 6 yr old who is a super grest child. If she had a bad child I don’t think she could manage. Anyway, thank you for the opportunity to win your book. I know it would benefit me and my daughter!

  654. Please,please, please choose me. I need all the help I can get and I need it soon.
    I’m about 1 late appointment from giving up.

  655. It’s amazing how relevant this was to me right now!
    And then how relevant it was to the women I shared it with right now!
    And how God uses these things to speak to us right now!
    In our season. In our life. In our moment. In our right now!
    God is great! Thank you for writing!

  656. Kari Wilkinson says:

    I definitely needed this today. Being a working mom of two, sport activities, work obligations, church, friends, family… life gets crazy and the things needed most in my day get lost. When God is a part of my everyday by being in his word my craziness doesn’t seem so crazy. Thank you for todays devotion and the chance to win the book!

  657. Becky Foutz says:

    I am no longer in this kind of life, as my children are grown, but I have several friends to whom I would LOVE to give this book! I am sure their lives resemble yours, as they are really busy and could use some help in handling the stress and pressure.

  658. Thank you for this wonderful message. I definitely was led to read this……I’m running in circles, don’t know what to do next and I’m not even sleeping at nights! This book would be a true blessing to me.

  659. N. Ford-Robbins says:

    This post is literally my life currently. A husband, 4 kids, full-time job, serving/leading at church, coaching a drill team, and doing community service within my public service organization. I would love to receive this book for insight as to how to remedy it all.

  660. Between working, taking care of my health, volunteering with children, helping to run a charity, making sure that I keep in touch with my girlfriends and being there for my husband, I find myself lost. Often times, I know I love God but can’t feel the action of love for Him. This rang so true to me. THANK YOU.

  661. I need help on this one for sure. I thought…oh that sounds like me and I need some guidance….then immediately thought…..but I’m took busy to read the book. πŸ˜‰ Perhaps if I win it, it’s a sign. πŸ˜€

  662. I just recently realized how busy our family has become and have started to put an end to the busyness…….we have given up some extracurricular activities so that we can spend more time eating together as a family and having more family devotions together. In the past we have put some of these things aside but have now realized that it is more important to eat together as a family and pray together more often! Glad we did it! No regrets!

  663. Wow! I just had a day yesterday of COMPLETE guilt about not being able to do everything I thought I NEEDED to do this past weekend! This really spoke to me at the right time! God works in SUCH mysterious ways! Book sounds very interesting!

  664. I really need this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  665. This devotional was needed. It describes my life to a T. Look forward to reading the book to get ideas on how to find more of a slow pace yet get things done.

  666. I would love a copy of this book!

  667. Right on time- I couldn’t believe this was today’s devotion- I actually gasped aloud when I saw it. The hamster wheel really hit my heart-home- it seems like I can’t get off of it. How can it be that just work and parenting and housework takes over and consumes my time? Looking forward to checking this book out. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  668. Thank you for this devotion today, it really resonated with me. I have four children, one 8 yr old and 6 yr old triplets. In addition, I am stuck on the corporate ladder. I find myself constantly feeling exhausted, and wondering what did I really accomplish today? Not in the worldly sense, but in the eternal sense. When one of you children is pulling on you, begging you to come away from your computer, and when asked “why, what do you need”, she answers “because I love you and want to spend time with you”; that reminds you to focus on the important things.

  669. Thank you for this posting today. I really feel like I am way past empty of energy. I have been battling breast cancer, and now my husband has to have back surgery. I have moments I just want to throw my hands us and give up, but I know God is in Control and he will never leave me. This book would be a blessing to me for sure.

  670. Would love to read this book!

  671. Debby Blossey says:

    my post is small. My busyness time seems so trivial. I tutor, I sub, I do laundry, I quilt – I work out, I garden. But something seems like it’s missing in my life. I try to keep as busy as possible for the most part, but the busyness is not as rewarding as I thought it would be. I started taking a Bible study fellowship class and it is helping. I feel since my mom’s illness and Her age of 94, my daughter living out of state, and my sisters death at age 68 —life has just been there. I need to pick up my body and find the excitement again. think this book would be wonderful for so many people – But I just needed to vent on my situation right now, whatever it is. Midlife crisis? At age 59, Could be.
    Thank u for listening.

  672. Wow,right before i read this, i started the self clean on my oven, thought about my to do list plus all the things that aren’t on the list i need to get to! I manage to get myself stressed daily. Plus im still recuperating from an illness that almost took my life.i almost skipped this devotional
    While reading this i thought about my family and how much time i do or don’t give them. Thanks for the reminder to keep what’s really important priority over everything else.

  673. Thank you for reminding us all about the sin of being to busy and to be wiser with our time. This world is full of craziness and busyness robbing our time. Time that would be better focused on the bigger things in this life. I am also reminded today that our time here on earth is short as I’m in prayer today for one of Gods faithful servants my 79 year old Uncle who is undergoing heart testing for an irregular heartbeat.

  674. Always a message I need. It’s such a tough choice when you’re deciding between all the “good’ things. Do I work out? Do I clean house? Spend quiet time? Wise council welcome!

  675. I would love to have a copy of this book. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the endless to-do lists and forget to take care of ourselves. We need to make the time to spend with God since he is the only way we will ever truly feel peace and restoration in our soul.

  676. Chrystal Thomas says:

    Such a good reminder and encouragement to enjoy the life God has given us. As I have struggled over the years with the self inflicted busyness with family, church, kids’ activities, etc., there a few things that the Lord has brought to my attention: 1) As Alli said that all the things they were involved in were good, I remember hearing a speaker saying to choose the best of all the good things we are involved in. 2) II Thessalonians 3:11 says “For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.” Studying the word “busybodies” I learned that it is like not being busy with my own work but being over busy with other people’s. So, as I reflected on my life I realized that some of the volunteering I was doing wasn’t necessarily mine, but someone else’s to do. So, I am learning to say “no” to things. 3) Something I learned just at the beginning of this year from a video by Michael Hyatt that has stuck out to me is to NOT react to the urgent (or what seems like urgent) but respond to the important. That has been a good tool for trying to decide what I should be doing. I’ve got a lot more growing to do in this area, so I treasure devotionals, like this one, to encourage me in the direction the Lord has for me.

  677. Being overwhelmed and so busy has become very much part of life – and also easy for it to become a state of mind as well …….how lovely to think that he leads us by quiet waters and through green pastures as we follow him – would like to hear more ? ??????

  678. As if my teaching job, family commitments and serving through my church were not enough – next week I’m starting a course everyone says is a ton of work. I need God to help me prioritize!

  679. Would love a copy….need to get off this treadmill of busyness

  680. Exactly what I needed today! We have been visiting a new church for the past 5 weeks and being so used to serving and being plugged in for so many years I’m already ready to jump in and serve before we’ve even joined! Right now that would put me right back where I was before…busy busy busy and worn out! With 3 teens I need to redirect my focus. This book might be just what I need to read!

  681. Would love a copy of this book! I so often find myself saying that I will do this or that when I’m not so busy. I’ve finally realized that that day isn’t coming anytime soon.

  682. Brenda V. S. says:

    I often seek out the Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotion for women and each time it’s as though the column was written specifically for me! Today’s column on “busy-ness” nailed it, especially regarding a life that is just too full, even of “good” things. It was as though our Lord was speaking directly to me–certainly humbling and convicting! I’ve survived many health challenges (including a debilitating car accident and cancer) plus struggle in an unequally yoked marriage where now I’m finally in a place where I’ve jumped back into the stream of life, only to find that I’ve taken too much on once again! Thank you to all the great authors in speaking to many (including me) through this great resource. I would LO-O-O-VE to read this book!!

  683. This devotional could have come at a better time. I’m relatively a new mom who works almost 50-60 hours a week. I try to balence in time for my husband who works shift work and then time for muskeg when that exists. Just yesterday I told my husband, I don’t know why I’m always rushing, in a panic, stressed to do something or get somewhere. Things that should be fun and enjoyable are not.

    I’d love to receive your book. Thanks for the verse to remind us to live our lives for the Lord and not count our hours.

  684. What a great reminder. I always find myself getting caught up in the busyness of our daily to do’s that i lose sight of whats really important! Its a work in progress but im working on it πŸ™‚

  685. Great blog!! I especially loved the “ringing bra”. I have had those moments that at the time they are happening I want to run and hide. Now I can share them and laugh at them. Thanks for sharing your moment with us!!

  686. Melissa C. says:

    Busyness! What a trap of the enemy! Many of us have to stop being people pleasers – We’ve got to remember that we need to please God. I truly believe that if you focus on Jesus and keep your focus on Him, that all other things in our life will fall into place. Thank you Lord for your Goodness and Grace.

  687. I would love to win this book! It is perfect for my family and our situation. Our life sounds really similar to the example in the devotion above. Thanks for the opportunity.

  688. I would love a copy of this book, especially being a single mother to a toddler and remembering to enjoy the little moments as he won’t stay little for long πŸ™‚

  689. How amazing to know that you are not alone in this crazy busy world. There really are others who go through the exact same things that you do. How can I find peace? Can’t wait to get a chance to read this book. Thank you for this opportunity that you are giving to others.

  690. Really need this book

  691. Sue Johnson says:

    Wow is all I can say on today’s reading. It hit straight to home for me. I work full-time, have multiple side jobs to keep life afloat, my husband works full time and runs with our two teenage girls that are extremely busy in activities (all while I work extra to pay for those things) then along with all that have Sunday school responsibilities multiple organizations I assist with. Feel like there is no time to sit and enjoy life and I know my spiritual being is suffering along with my time with my family just being a family. I need to really check this book out and learn to “really live” and not by the busyness

  692. Would love a copy of this book! So hard to slow down and prioritize the needs from the wants throughout day to day life.

  693. Kathi Haynes says:

    I feel her pain, and the struggle is real. I have, for 30 years or more, thought “I’ll slow down and enjoy life soon”. Now as I am approaching 60, I realize that my time to enjoy is getting shorter with each breathe. I know God didn’t intend my life to be lived like a hamster on a wheel, yet I continue to fight this battle. Our culture has convinced us that we must be and do “all things for everyone”, yet doesn’t allow us to take time for ourselves. I recently had my first grandchild, and am watching my last child go through her last few years in high school. These two things are giving me a reality of how fast time changes us. I pray my year ahead allows more time to be still and know that God has it all in His hands. Also, I would love to win a copy of the book!

  694. Thank you for sharing! What a great reminder to stay focused on the things that really matter and to not let busyness steal that away.

  695. For the past few years my husband and I have been weeding out activities and prioritizing family first after God. This year we gave up everything that didn’t align with our mission as a family,God, family, education, recreation in that order. We have had more peace than ever before and we actually have time to be with each other, not just run around together. The hardest part is dealing with others that can’t make sense of why we’ve given up these “good” activities. My response, “We have our life back now.”
    Thank you for writing about this. I think it’s so important that others know that we don’t have to be on the hamster wheel! Life is too short and relationships are too precious to miss out on.

  696. This could not have come at a better time for me. I think the book would help me remember what I already know.

  697. This is at the top of my prayer list and my News Years Resolution…I need to prioritize my life. Too, too many things get in the way with what is important, the stuff that really matters. I don’t want to miss life, to miss what God wants for my life. I am a wife and a mother of a 17 year old son, a 14 year old daughter with Down Syndrome, works fulltime with a home bookkeeping business. I want to be more relaxed, prayerful, obedient and present for my family…it feels out of my reach with life stuff! Oh boy do I need this book.

  698. Ugh!!! You spoke to my heart. I long for weekends when I think it is less stressful than during the week. . . No, it is not. I am cramming what I can in the hours that i am not working. Being a widow has its challenges and it just doesn’t ever seem like it is rest. I sure can use the book to help me along.

  699. This devotional hit home with me today. As a full time working Mom of 3, it is far to easy to get caught up in the daily schedule and in doing everything for everyone else in your life and forgetting about yourself.

    I would love to have a copy of the book!

    God Bless!

  700. Danielle Lanigan says:

    The women in my small group and I discuss this topic a lot! I would love a copy of the book, so I could continue to learn how to become “less busy” and more intentional with my time.

  701. As a wife for 9 years whose marriage is possibly ending, save a divine miracle (which I am trusting God for), I know how busyness can ruin relationships that matter the most. I would love this book as a mom with 3 kids who may very well have to co-parent in the very near future.

  702. This is my life, exactly! I feel behind before I start, and never seem to prioritize the BEST things over the GOOD things. I would love to read this book and find permission from GOD himself to slow down and let go!

  703. Ashley Parr says:

    Can identify with this. Would love to read the book.

  704. Amen! I don’t even have children yet but I’m trying to balance taking care of about 5 adults on top of two jobs, church stuff three days a week, and just trying to keep the house together.

  705. I would love a copy of this book! πŸ™‚

  706. Kristi Potoshnik says:

    Thank you for this! Exactly how I feel and what I needed to hear today!

  707. I’m struggling with finding balance in my life. Would really like a copy of this book!

  708. This is exactly how I feel….

  709. This is really a struggle for me and I would love some practical direction in “slowing down”.

  710. This message was perfect for me today. I had just been thinking how crazy my life is. Thanks for the message!

  711. I am an empty-nester and yet between church and the busyness of life, I just can’t get everything done. I keep adding things daily, wanting to please everyone, and I just don’t have the time or energy to complete it all. This book would extremely help me.

  712. As a mother to 4 (15,13,10,9), I can certainly relate to the constant running. The days, months and years fly by and we wonder how that happens. Love that there is some real insights to be shared to help us refocus.

  713. Becky McCullison says:

    Sounds like a book I could use and share with a friend!

  714. Being a college student, it is so easy to get caught up in busyness. Whenever you ask someone how they are they reply with busy. I want to be a person who is intentional with my time and does not get caught up with everyone else in the race for the busyness badge. Balancing homework, tests, work, social life, ministry, and my personal relationship with God can get really tough. I would love to read this book to help me to make the most of my days left here on my college campus to continue to make an impact for Christ and also for the future.

  715. It seems not matter how much effort I put into slowing down and regrouping so I am not that “rat on a wheel” I still can be. More tips and counsel is always appreciated to overcome those tendencies.

  716. Tamara prosser says:

    Homeschool mum of 5 under the age of 8. I find myself ready to pull my hair out some days

  717. I feel like I’m continually striving to slow down and simplify and taking one step forward and two steps back. I know I cannot do this with out God’s help, the struggle is so real…Satan works so hard in our lives to push God out in any way possible!

  718. Lauren Bailey says:

    As a full-time working mom of a 10 month old, a church planter’s wife, and a Lifegroup leader, I am struggling. I feel run down and ragged. This blog post encouraged my soul, and reminded me of the purpose of our life here on this earth. This book would be such a blessing in a season where I’m barely keeping my head above water.

  719. Kim Mathews says:

    Life is so busy as a single mom with all the ‘to-dos’ that I can’t manage to get to daily. However, I love the peace when I am in the word…striving to do my daily devotional and let go of what I don’t have to manage. I have four children so that is a bit tricky. Thank you for your encouragement. πŸ™‚ So grateful God is grace and steadfast! <3

  720. I’d love to read your book. I hope that it has some words of wisdom and guidance for me in this time of my life. I work full-time and attend school two nights a week. I’ve recently been asked to help with women’s ministry at my church as well. My husband owns his own business, heads a Monday night group, and coach’s our son’s baseball team. Also, we teach children’s church once a month. We have been asked to lead a small group. I worry so much with overloading my plate and trying to figure which tasks are God-ordained and which I need to learn to say no too. I think your book would really help. Thanks so much!

    This devotion came just at the right time. My husband had just called to inform me that our Pastor had asked for us to lead the small group. Feeling overwhelmed and uncertain, I turned to today’s devotion hoping to hear from God. I mostly definitely did! It describes my situation perfectly.

  721. Angela Montgomery says:

    Yes, I am right there. Full time office work, part time hairdresser, Avon Rep. Not to mention bible class on Wednesdays and Sunday services starting @8:30 w Sunday School. My children are grown. But there is never a dull moment just bussssssy. Want to be a foster parent, but I don’t know. Thanks for food for thought.

  722. Stephanie says:

    I am a new school teacher and feel the need and pressure to always say yes when it comes to working with children. At school I work with 5th graders, at church on sunday morning I have 1 year olds, wednesday I have 2nd grade and I also have 2 very active daughters. This speaks to me so very much. I would love a copy of your book.

  723. thank you for this post! would love to check out this book

  724. I literally sit & cried over my schedule just yesterday. I am pulled in so many directions but they are good things, just hectic and no time to rest. I couldn’t believe it when I saw this devotional. Came at just the right time. I am turning my schedule over to God. Would love to read the book!

  725. This was the devotion I needed to hear today. Lately I have let the busyness of life overwhelm me and I had put to the side the things that are most important. My time spent in God’s word first thing in the morning became something that felt like just something to check off my to do list for the day and not the special time spent with God and his word. Today I pray Father that you will help me to lighten the load and renew my spirit. I lay my burdens at the foot of the cross and I come to you with an open heart and a clear mind. Today and always I offer myself to you, use me Father in whatever way you see fit. In the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

  726. The daily devotion was exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  727. Amy Jones says:

    I was just praying this morning about my desire to find balance in life! This boo sounds great!

  728. Great and much needed read for today!

  729. I hate how much I can relate to this, Alli. I have a 4yo, 1yo and 11-week old. I work part time (but in social media, so ’round the clock), write freelance, coordinate my MOPS group, volunteer on a committee and worship band at church, have kids in part time care, swimming lessons and ECFE. All such wonderful things, but too much. My house, heart, and marriage are cracked and suffering, and I’m anxiously awaiting the day my kids visibly suffer too. I can’t wait to read your book – I know I need it, and imma double punch it with Lysa’s ‘the Best Yes’. Thanks for sharing your heart and encouraging us all.

  730. Wonderful devotion and reminder how “brief” our time on earth is. With 4 kids, one special needs, life can be too busy even with GOOD things. I think I need this book! πŸ˜€

  731. This post was exactly what I needed to hear today! I need this book!

  732. This has been the very journey I have been on for several months! Recently, I have made the decision to leave my part time job to stay home full time with my 3 kids ages 4 and under. I have felt God calling me to do this for some time now, to find balance and to progress in doing the things God has planned for me! This post is where I am, and the book would be such a blessing on my journey for balance and purpose.

  733. Loved this devotion – I know how this feels – too busy, drained, not enough time. I would love to read this book – and I will, whether I win it or buy it!!

  734. What a great devotional today! I definitely needed that. I’m a mom of a 5 month old and I just returned to work. It is so easy to get caught up in the busy life, but not what is truly important!

    I would love to read the book!

  735. Perfectly timed message and book

  736. I love this and will have to check this book out this year if I am not a winner. My goal for the year is to read one book per month. I’m real big on not being able to finish one in 6 months. I love how you said “being aware that my days are short helps me remember to focus on the things that bring real happiness” I have recently switched jobs and though I love the hours I have less pay. When I say that it always makes me remember the quality of life is so much better. Having 3 kids and being married to the military sometimes you have to made due with what time you have. Sometimes we forget we pass the roses even when we think we are making time but we fill it with something else. Thank you for sharing this story now I must get back on track to prioritizing what makes me happy in my time.

  737. Oh how this message spoke volumes to me. It was like you were typing out my life. I enjoy every ministry that I am involved in however, sometimes I feel like I am on the crazy busy cycle. How do you put church activities on hold for a season without feeling guilty? Hope I am a winner. I could use some help.

  738. I need balance in my life. I need to go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier to have more time in my day; starting my day by reading scripture.

  739. I feel like this was written for me. Thank you. I have a very overwhelming life, one of my children has severe special needs. I am easily overwhelmed, often distracted in my head with what I need to do next. I carry so much anxiety as well. I am trying to press into the Lord.

  740. Just what I needed to be reminded of today. As a SAHM of 4 littles and a military wife, lately I am finding myself over scheduled and spread to thinly between the kids school and associated activities, sports, Bible Study, Sunday School and family time. I find it hard to make time for everyone, esp. time to rejuvenate myself. So thankful for God’s timing with your devotion today! And Yes, I would LOVE to win your book!!

  741. Kim Bibeau says:

    I feel like I really need this, so I would love to win a copy of this book. I need to learn how to slow down and enjoy my days.

  742. Grace Crapitto says:

    Since I am a senior and in old age, I would love to read this and learn how to get rid of the busyness in my life. It is time that I pay attention to Him and hear what He wants me to do for Him before I am called to be with Him for eternity. I had a near death experience recently and feel like God left me here for awhile to fulfill a calling He has for me. Maybe reading this would help prepare me to be able to be still and quiet and listen.

  743. I really needed this today. I have been struggling with being faithful to God in time management of spiritual endeavors (praying, reading the Word, etc.) Thanks for the reminder of how each moment matters and to be more diligent in the spiritual things because He is faithful to us even though we do not deserve it!

  744. Read this in the airport. So very true of my world.

  745. Ginger hughes says:

    Lord, please help me learn how not to be too busy to enjoy my life. Be in control of who gets these books. You know who needs them most. Thank you, Lord. I love you!

  746. I am now in a season that is muuch slower. We moved to be close4 to our children and grandchildren. I am taking muy time and with the Lord’s help he will guide me. That hamster wheel almost undid me and you know I finally said Lord I can’t continue to say yes. Help! And in his way he did. We serve an awesome God and sometimes we need to listen carefully.

  747. This book sounds like a great read and a great resource for me. Being a single mom sometimes makes me feel like I am just a taxi driver!

  748. Reading through some of the comments, I see so many ladies who are stressed out (as am I). I hit a breaking point last year. I was expending so much energy on people that I shouldn’t have been spending that much energy on, my husband and girls were getting my “left-overs”. This became apparent to me in a couple of ways, one was a family member who was so draining on me that having a conversation with them would send me into an emotional spiral for several days. The second was (unfortunately) when my church was wanting more and more of my time. At the time I was on a pulpit committee to hire a new minister, teaching a ladies Bible study and doing Jr. Church 2x’s a month. They then wanted me to be the point person for Jr. Church and also be a part of the Youth Committee. My mother’s health also started to deteriorate around this same time.
    With those two things, I finally said enough! I want to be able to do things with my kids and not have them groan because mommy has another meeting. I said, “no more” to the draining family member and “no more” to my church. I am now down to the Bible study and teaching Jr. Church once a month. Luckily, we got a pastor hired and the pulpit committee is over as well. I have been able help out with my daughter’s girl scout troop and I have enjoyed it! The past couple of years have been rough but I have learned some valuable lessons. I want to be present for my husband and girls and not have others set my priorities.

  749. Tammy White says:

    This article reminded me of all the things I am constantly doing and my life has just seemed to go by and I can’t remember it. My oldest daughter is in college and I have a fifteen year old at home and I am a single parent. For the last three years I have been so busy trying to connect back to the real world after a nervous breakdown. I have two jobs one fulltime and one part-time cleaning at night. I am so in debt that I just cannot stop and take time it seems for important things with my daughters. I wish I could find a way to do this. Thanks for this post and I would love to read your book for some inspiration.

  750. Susan Spiess says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these daily inspirations and prayers. More often than not they hit HEAD ON with something I’m struggling with in my life at the time. Would LOVE this book! Pick me! Pick me!

  751. Kim Medel says:

    Very excited to get ahold of this book and both feet firmly planted back on the gr