* Thank you to sweet Bethany Grove for writing today’s post!

There are 168 hours in one week. 168 hours to take advantage of – or abuse.

I know for me, those hours are jam-packed with activities for my kids, church, daily to-dos, writing, phone calls, business related duties and meetings.

Most people find time in those 168 hours to sleep but I think I have forgotten what sleep actually is. I vaguely remember those blessed quiet moments laying in a soft, cozy bed but these days, those moments are filled with a racing mind attempting to solve problems, contemplating new projects and going over the next day’s to-do list.

I am not sure if you noticed or not but there is one important task that is missing from my list above –  time with God.

I am guilty of not putting God first and abusing the 168 hours He’s given me every. Single. Week.

So, not only am I physically tired, which leads to a grouchy temperament, but my soul is extremely malnourished.

Because an overwhelmed schedule equals an under-whelmed soul.

overwhelmed soul quote

I know my own decisions are encouraging this “soul problem” and, fingers crossed, I will be better equipped to make good decisions on how I use my time by the end of our newest book study,The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst.

This week, we are reading through Chapters One, Two, and Three of The Best Yes and WOW have they hit home with me.

Decision-making is not my strong suit and there are times where I have said “yes” when “no” would have been more appropriate.

This week’s reading helped me discern why I say yes all the time…I am a people-pleaser and saying yes feels right since I know it will make the person asking feel happy. As Lysa says, “I dread saying yes but feel powerless to say no.”

These are my two biggest hurdles.

Lysa also says, “If we are to be Best Yes girls, we have to long for the unbroken companionship with God.”

So, to find my way to a best yes, I need to make sure my relationship with God is solid, secure, and present. My list at the beginning of this post was missing God.

“The decisions we make dictate the schedules we keep. The schedules we keep determine the lives we live. The lives we live determine how we spend our souls. So, this isn’t just about finding time. This is about honoring God with the time we have,” Lysa added.

I am not honoring God with my time and there is no one else to blame but myself and the decisions I’m making.

Those decisions have led to a soul that is aching, tired, and exhausted.

And that, my friends, is a HUGE issue – one that needs to be addressed immediately and rectified.

I look forward to making my soul sing with joy as we walk this path and discover our how to commit to our best yeses!

For our discussion today, please pick one or more of the questions below to answer in the comments section.

 

 1. It’s easy to think that our daily yes and no decisions aren’t all that important, but over time, they can add up. Briefly recall a recent decision you made about your time that you later realized was unwise. How did that decision impact your schedule?

2. What do you imagine a Best Yes decision in that situation might have been? In other words, what decision would have enabled you to play your part and spend your energy, focus, and passion wisely?

3. What three words would you use to summarize how you feel about your current schedule? For example: challenged, bored, energized, exhausted, resentful, engaged, productive, etc.

 4. Is there anything else that stood out to you in our reading this week?