If you’re like me, you struggle sometimes with the feeling there are not enough hours in the day for all the routine responsibilities of life – let alone our spiritual disciplines, our giving and serving and volunteering. Not to mention our hopes and dreams and plans for the New Year.
For some reason we’re absolutely convinced we really could and should be able to do it all. We tackle our to-do list with brave and determined faces. But underneath we’re stressed. We’re anxious. We’re worried.
What if we really can’t do it all? What if we drop the ball? What if we forget something? What if the time or energy or effort we have to give just isn’t good enough? What if we fail — fail ourselves, our families, our friends. Our church. Our workplace. What if we fail God? What if we disappoint Him and let Him down? Again.
Today I’m sharing the secret of glorifying God AND getting our act together — over at the blog site for The Consilium, a faith-based community of wisdom and purpose for women 45 and up who gather on Facebook, to encourage and support one another in facing the challenges of the second half of life.
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