7. Your unrealistic expectations.
It’s possible you’re one of those people who thrives on activity, thinking busyness is your badge of success. But, it’s more like your ticket to the hospital as the faster you run and the harder you work, the more stress and toll it takes on your body, as well as your family and those who love you most.
If you find yourself saying “there’s not enough hours in the day” then you’re being unrealistic about what you can handle and imbalanced in what you are attempting. God gave us the exact amount of hours in a day that we would need to work, serve, rest, and live a quality life. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, it’s time to re-evaluate your motives and priorities and determine why you are not allowing yourself to rest. (See my books, When Women Long for Rest and When You’re Running on Empty for some practical ways to slow down, surrender the need to succeed, and add peace, trust, and rest into your overwhelmed life.)
Cindi McMenamin is a pastor’s wife, mother, and national speaker with more than 30 years experience helping women discover a more intimate relationship with God, find peace for their overwhelmed lives, and live their purpose and calling. She is the author of 16 books, including the best-selling When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold), When a Woman Discovers Her Dream, and When You’re Running on Empty. Her newest books include, Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You, and 12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband: More Trust, More Passion, More Communication. For more on her speaking ministry, books, or free articles to strengthen your soul, marriage, or parenting, see her website www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
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