CONGRATS to Gretta Johns for winning this book!
This morning, I woke up late. Not pre-kids late (oh, those were the days) but I was jolted awake by the baby screaming at 7 am and shot out of bed to find my older kids eating goldfish crackers on the couch in their pajamas and my husband already gone at work. I grabbed the baby and breastfed him (yes, that takes talent) while I made PB & J sandwiches for my kid’s breakfast. I threw clothes at my older kids and found something (sorta) clean to put on myself and rushed out the door at 7:45. By 8, the older kids had both been dropped off at their respective Vacation Bible School classrooms and we were en route to the baby’s pediatrician appointment. After VBS comes gymnastics (for my three-year-old), tee-ball (for my five-year-old) and a work meeting where I’ll have to figure out a way to keep (read: bribe) all three kids silent while I pretend to be 100% engaged in the meeting. Whew. All that and my kids aren’t even in elementary school yet.
My point in telling you this? Moms these days are WAY, way too busy.
Which is why I was so excited when my amazing, smart, hilarious and talented friend Joanne Kraft sent me her book “Just Too Busy“– a story about how her family took a “radical sabbatical” and took a break from all extracurricular activities for an entire year.
I confess: when I first heard the concept of her book, I was skeptical. While business is a part of my life with young kids, I also felt my heart revolt at the idea of stopping all activities for an entire year. I mean, what about tee-ball? And ballet class? I wasn’t ready to give everything up…
But, after reading the book, I feel like I really understand Joanne’s heart and vision for Christian families. She’s not asking everyone to give up all of the sports and hobbies and classes that they love, but instead to really think and pray about the vision God has for our families. Does he call us to spend every night shuttling kids from youth group to soccer practice to the drive-thru? No. He wants us to live lives with purpose and love and with relationships that go deeper than a quick conversation in the minivan– and that’s what Joanne wants us to take away from her book.
Reading this book forced me to really assess my family’s priorities– even if I’m not ready to go as radical as giving up all activities from a year. With Joanne’s help, I went from always looking for something to do to always looking for a way to connect. And that shift in mindset is radical. I also really appreciated Joanne’s advice on honoring the Sabbath. Before, Sunday was just another day for us to get work done and squeeze in errands. Now, we’re really working to honor God’s day and spend time together and with Him.
Anyway, if you’ve ever had a morning that looked like mine did this morning– or a week that felt like you spent more time in the car than at home– I highly recommend this book. It’s funny, easy-to-read and poignant– and Joanne’s message is really life-changing.
Question for you: Are you too busy? What priorities could you cut out to give your family a radical sabbatical? Tell me in the comments and I’ll pick ONE commenter to win a copy of Joanne’s book.