Mothers. We’re being pulled in a million different directions at all times. We have mouths to feed, diapers to change, toys to pick up, laundry piled high, an email inbox that is full, and a home that is most likely caving in because we just. Can’t. Keep. Up. And somewhere in the back of our minds and deep down in our hearts, we have dreams. We feel a longing for more. For a life that has purpose and meaning and passion. But for now, we can’t see past our bare feet that stumble over crumbs on the kitchen floor, toys in the bathroom or the dreaded Lego in the middle of the night.
We all know full well that being a mom IS the most important job we’ll ever have. But someday these babes will leave the nest and then what? Will we retire to our sofa and reality T.V.? A chase by the pool? A private island? I hope not.
You see, although we are destined to be moms, we are destined to be so much more. We are ambassadors for Christ in our homes and in our communities. All over the world people need Jesus. I just can’t believe in the depths of my heart that God wants me to retire just yet.
So how can we pursue our dreams, the dreams that God placed in our hearts when we were just little girls, when we can’t even keep up with our to-do lists? How can we live a life of purpose and passion when life seems to get in the way of living? How can we have a life of more?
Those are the exact questions I was asking myself a year ago. I was longing for more. I was dreaming and writing and believing that God had more for me. But I just couldn’t keep up with my busy life AND my dreams. When I was finally at the end of my rope, I decided enough was enough. I wasn’t going to waste another day wondering if I’ll ever have the time, energy, or money to follow my dreams. I had to figure out what was stopping me and remove the obstacles. At that point, The Simplicity Project was born.
For twenty-eight days I tackled the issues that were complicating my health, home, finances, and time. I realized that each of these areas bleed into each other. I used to think I just needed to rid my home of clutter, or lose a little weight, or be better with time management. The truth is, we need margin in ALL of these areas. If we’re poor managers of our time, we rush through the drive-thru, which then affects our health and finances. It also means we’re running around and neglecting our homes, which should be a safe haven for our families.
If we’re being stretched too thin, which I think we can all agree that we are, there’s no room for ourselves to grow or for God to move. When we learn to create margin in our lives, we give ourselves room to breathe. When we intentionally create margin in our health, homes, finances, and time, we make room for the Holy Spirit to move in our lives and show us things we didn’t even know were there. There are miracles in the margin!
I want to encourage all of you mamas out there to remember your dreams. Remember the nudge of The Spirit from years ago. Those embers are still there and can become a fire that is uncontainable if you just fan them. Give yourself grace while you figure this out. Write your dreams down, share them with your family, and figure out what it is that is stopping you. There is nothing the enemy wants more than to stop women of God from living out their purpose. You know why? Because we are fierce! We are strong and mighty and when something tries to stop us, we fight harder. We won’t back down and we won’t give up.
So, what is it that’s standing in your way? Are you too tired? Unhealthy? Out of space? Out of money? Out of time? If so, I want to help you. You can learn more about my book at TheSimplicityProjectbook.com or at CorieClark.com. Let’s join together and simplify our lives. Maybe a life of more is actually a life of less.
Corie Clark is an author, speaker, and blogger. She is passionate about helping people find their purpose and truly live it to the fullest. Corie is married to her best friend, Ryan, and has three beautiful children. When she’s not teaching her kids, blogging, or writing, you can find Corie soaking up the salty air at one of Southern California’s beautiful beaches.