sacrifice and setting boundaries

Sacrifice is giving up something you love, for something you love more.  This is a principle that my church stands firmly on and I absolutely love it. Sometimes things you are making a priority aren't necessarily "bad" things. Sometimes they are very good things. But maybe they aren't the BEST things. To be fully intentional with your time and your life, this may mean giving up some things. Setting some boundaries. 

Not always the easiest thing to do, especially in our culture. A culture where busy is something that is idolized. If you have a full schedule, you are considered successful. This is something I battle with at times also. When I plan our family schedule for the week, and if I have an open day or two I feel like I need to rush to fill it.

But what if saying NO to some things means you can say YES to other things?? 

The first step is figuring out WHAT is most important. For me, that's family time and time with our community. So, maybe I need to cut out something I'm doing just to "busy" my calendar to open up a day for more important things. Living life intentionally with others is so much more important to me than a trip to the library or my kids taking gymnastics. I could go back to work to have some extra spending money, but things being a little tight now means I get more quality time with my kids in the years they are little. I know these years will fly by, so I want to enjoy every moment while I can!

Having alone time with my girls and buying them cookies the size of their faces? That's not something I will EVER sacrifice. It's the most important.

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I'm not saying that the library, gymnastics and work are BAD things. Not at all. Those are just things I am sacrificing, so I can pour more intentionally into other areas. I set boundaries to not busy up my schedule just so it looks prettier and we appear to have a more full life.

I want my children to grow up in a home where PEOPLE are their priority, not THINGS.

Are you setting boundaries and choosing what is most important for your family? What are your priorities for living intentionally? What do you need to say NO to?  31daysblog

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