The alarm clock sounds and I resist.
Of course, this is not unusual because mornings and I are still working on our relationship.
But on this particular morning, I just want to throw it’s persistent chirp across the room and tell it to go where the sun doesn’t shine.
My schedule for the day is overwhelming.
Get the kids ready for school. Take them to school. A conference call at 8:30, another appointment at nine o’clock. A lunch date at 11:30 and a meal I promised to make for a family at church is to be delivered at 5:30.
The only margin I would see would be in the notebook holding my “to do” list.
I’m tired before even getting out of bed.
I’m grouchy before even putting my feet on the ground.
And I’m short and clipped in my thoughts even before talking to a single person.
But here’s the thing: you know who’s to blame?
I’ve said “yes” to one too many things because at the core of these overcommitments lies the real issue: I don’t want to upset anyone. I want everyone to like me. I want to be a “good” Christian.
And the worst one of all: I want to be SuperNatalie. It might be a tiny bit of a pride thing. Ouch.
But as Lysa TerKeurst says in her latest book The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands, “A woman who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.”
Can I get an amen?
So if this sounds like you, if you understand the boat I’m rowing, then you need to join us for our next book club selection.
We will be reading (as I’m sure you’ve guessed):
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
If you are new to our book club, here’s how it works:
1. Click this link and ask to be added to our Facebook group. This is where our discussion occurs so you will want to be a part of this group!
2. Purchase The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands and read the first three chapters before March 16.
2.. My lovely co-leader, Bethany Grove, or I will post an overview each Monday during the study here on the blog.
2. Read the posts each Monday, comment if you feel led.
3. Show up in our Facebook group every Thursday night from 9 – 10 p.m. EST for an interactive “discussion” of the chapters we’ve read for the week. This is a great way to process what we’ve read and you’ll also get to meet new friends and build community. If this time doesn’t work for you, no sweat – the beauty of an online group is that you can read the discussion threads and participate when it works best for you.
Other perks include optional “prayer partners” and fun giveaways now and then during our discussions.
However, the best perks are, hands-down, reading a great book that will foster your spiritual growth and be a part of a community in which an iron sharpens iron.
What’s not to love?
So click here to be added to the Facebook page, get your copy of The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands and read the first three chapters before March 16. (And just so you know . . . The chapters are shorter and it’s easy reading because the content is so engaging!)