I shared last week about my focus – one word, if you will – for the new year: RESCUED. The post was a peek into what has been on my mind. But, in reality, to be successful in adopting this change in perspective, I need to have some practical rhythms and behaviors.
Obviously, your practical needs may look different than mine, but I wanted to share some of how I hope to live rescued.
1. Show myself grace.
I have high expectations, and the reality is they aren’t usually met. Instead of shaming myself for not being more, I want to give myself grace that frees me to enjoy my real life. When I show grace to myself, it also becomes a more natural response to other people.
2. Make time for rest.
I’m not a napper. But I like to read fiction, scrapbook on my phone, write, and watch TV. Those things are rest-filled for me because they take my mind off the lofty expectations of what all “needs” to be done. Often this means planning for white space on my calendar.
3. Invite others in.
We do quite a bit of this already – we often host our small group, invite friends over for dinner, and long to be the house where our kids’ friends want to come. But I want to be intentional about inviting people in when God puts them on my heart. It’s easy to say, “Life is busy, but let’s get together soon.” But it’s not hard to say, “Hey, do you want to meet us for dinner?” When we gather with others – whether it’s on our porch, around our table, or at a basketball game – our stories and lives become intertwined.
4. Say “yes” when I want to and “no” when I need to.
I like to say yes to all good things and then get overwhelmed and decide to say no to everything. Reality rests in the middle. I need to be willing to say “yes” even when that means shuffling around what I thought my day would look like and recognize when “no” is necessary for the well-being of my own soul or my family.
5. Recognize strengths & weaknesses.
Often the differences between me and my son frustrate me, but my counselor helped me realize his strengths are my weaknesses and my strengths are his weaknesses. Basically, we’re good for each other. I’ve known this in the eight years I’ve parented him, but the value of what we have to give each other in our daily lives really clicked recently.
Ben and I are just one example. I want to be aware of my strengths, give God credit for creating me like He did, rest in His promises, and not worry about all the lies otherwise.
If you’re new here, here are some posts to get you caught up: Brave doesn’t always mean big. Sanctified & Broken. Living Rescued. Living rescued is about bringing gospel truth to the forefront as a foundation for all other things. How can you do that in your own life this year?