Hey y’all! How is everybody? I hope y’all are doing well. School going okay for everyone? I’m taking 18 hours, school starts on Tuesday. Please put me on your prayer list. Even though I’ve basically taken August as a ‘resting’ month, I’m still aware of how crazy and movement-filled my life was for a couple of years. Even my own Pastor called me a Pinball one time. So, how do we stay stable in those crazy life seasons? Grab a glass of something cold, find a comfy spot to put your feet up, and let’s talk!
To give you a refresher background, I’d lived within a few miles of the same spot, in the same county, all my life – 55 years’ worth. I attended a local Community College.
A couple of years ago, everything in my life changed. I converted to Catholicism, and went on 5 Pilgrimages in 13 months. November of 2014 I went to Israel, in January 2015, I changed jobs. In June, I went to Italy. In September, I visited campus and put an offer on a house. In October, it was Lourdes to Fatima, then back to Ohio to close on the house, hire a contractor and back to KC. In November, I went to Texas to help Ceci with a conference, then we went back to Israel. I flew back to KC, then to Ohio to check on the house. In December we went to Mexico for Our Lady of Guadalupe . In January 2016, I went to Arkansas to have Christmas, then back to KC. On the 13th, I moved to Ohio only to find myself in a hotel for 3 months and going to school full time; I moved the week before finals, and then in June sold the house in Kansas and had another moving truck disgorge a houseful of stuff I didn’t have room for. I took two summer classes. The Lord led me to a wonderful spiritual director, who gently but firmly encouraged me to REST. Just like my last one, lol. And my friends and family, as well.
Maybe you’re not jet-setting all over, but life can still be so crazy busy we don’t know if we are coming or going! How do we stay sane and stable in those times? It’s not always easy. We can get so tired we just crash into the pillow as soon as everyone’s settled in. So, here are my favorite ways to stay sane in a crazy schedule.
First, plan down time. My first Pilgrimage to Israel was incredible, yet overwhelming. I e-mailed home and scheduled a couple of days at my favorite retreat center when I returned, knowing I’d need time to process the trip and organize my notes and photos before I forgot. I was also looking forward to community prayer, etc. What I actually did was sleep. A lot. I managed some community prayer times, too, and that steady, measured pace helped me ‘normalize’ again. If your schedule is intense, and not ‘normal’, be sure you plan down time and stick to that plan.
Second, Prioritize. What’s really important? Put them in order, and when a conflict arises, go with the higher priority. This can get tricky. God is first, and weekly church attendance should be a given. Serving on every committee and attending every Bible study is not. Family and kids are a priority. But we want them to learn commitment, not over-commitment. Set the ground rules and stick to them. The job is a priority, but we don’t need to volunteer for every minute of overtime or travel available. We need time to rest, recharge and relax.
Third, take care of you. That means getting enough sleep, eating regular meals, taking medications on schedule, etc. Take the same advice you’d give a friend who was too busy.
Finally, stay close to Jesus. Talk to Him often about everything. Let Him fill you with His joy, with His peace, with His strength. Go to church and pay attention to the Scriptures and prayers. You can use those to think about during the week, or pick a few favorite verses and write them down someplace. I have a friend who put Scriptures on index cards and taped them up all over the house. Those verses helped her fight a long illness.
If you don’t have a good relationship with Jesus, you can always have one! He wants to love you, encourage you, help you. He didn’t come to throw lightning bolts at us. He wants to be there for everyone, not just a special few. Find a pastor or a priest; just sit down and talk with him. He can help you begin or build a relationship with the Lord that can keep you joyfully stable through anything life can throw at you!