I pride myself in having a very low-key schedule. My kids are still toddlers and preschoolers, so I try not to plan too much. In fact, I rarely plan anything for weekday evenings in order to guard our time as a family. We are very active in church, I host a weekly Bible study in my home for moms, and we host a small group once a week as well. I have a growing photography business, and my husband has been promoted at his job in recent years, increasing his work and responsibilities exponentially.
As I type this, I’m laughing out loud at my first sentence. As you can see, my plans and dreams of a low-key schedule have begun to unravel. Who am I kidding? This summer I did as many photo sessions in one month as I did in an entire year just two years ago. In other words, pride goes before a fall, right?
A few weeks ago my husband’s work became even more demanding than usual, and I became overwhelmed, even anxious. I, of course, had planned too many things. I began to feel like I couldn’t accomplish the basics, I was under deadlines I couldn’t meet, and worst of all, I was grumbling and irritable with my family. My husband got the brunt of it. You see my husband is as close to the perfect husband as they come. He prays for me, loves me, provides for me, helps me, laughs with me. He provides so much security for my little insecure heart.
That’s when it hit me. I was putting so much of my trust in my husband that I was failing to put my trust in the one and only source of strength and peace, Jesus Christ. Although my husband is quite the man, he is still a man. And while his support and love are a gift and a blessing, I know I’m not supposed to rely on him alone for what I need. The Lord is the one who sustains me, who carries me, who restores my soul. I was placing my whole trust in something, someone, other than the Lord. This realization changed everything.
When I plugged back into the true source, I regained my strength, perspective, and character. My attitude changed, and in turn, my priorities changed. My family benefited, especially my husband.
We function best in our roles and relationships when our hearts are connected to and reliant on God alone.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Becky Mitchell is a stay-at-home mom of three and wife to the most amazing man in the world. She loves to travel and drink coffee. She is passionate about discipleship wherever she is planted, which just now happens to be just outside Memphis, Tennessee. Her motto is “Be all here.” She spends her free time photographing families at www.beckyslens.com.