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Monday, October 30, 2006

Saying Yes

"To say yes to one thing is to say no to a thousand others."
Elisabeth Elliott, author and speaker
Finding balance in our Mommy-come-lately lives requires paying close attention to when we say yes and when we say no.
If I say yes to marriage, that means I have to say no to other things.
If I say yes to motherhood, that also means I have to say no to other things.
If I say yes to late-in-life motherhood--whether unexpected or planned--then I have to say no to something or someone else.
Christa's arrival in my life almost six years ago meant I had to adjust. That meant saying no to some things I valued, like teaching women's Bible studies. After thoroughly enjoying 15 years of teaching hundreds of women, I walked away from it all.
I'd said yes to late-in-life motherhood. I had to say no to something else. It wasn't the easiest decision, but it was the right one.
Christa also prompted a great big yes to something else I loved but had not pursued for years: Writing. I remember thinking, "If I wait to write until this baby grows up, it will never happen." That realization put me back on the writing road.
Balance: It's about weighing what we say yes to and what we say no to. It's about making choices. It's about realizing we can't do it all.


At 11:33 PM, Blogger Josh said...

Hello, mother dearest. Just wanted to give you a little electronic bump and wave. Oh, and thank you for saying yes to motherhood. Otherwise..well..I wouldn't be here, I guess. Sobering thought, really.


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