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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. Beautifully said, Jessica! I love how you express the importance of “living in a healthy rhythm of loving God”. When we do that and set our hearts to treasure Him, we can’t help but grow closer to Him!
    How many times have I been caught up in the busyness of life? At 35, I can FINALLY say that I have gotten very good at saying, “NO!” to too many activities. Whether it’s the kids’ extra curricular activities or my own church/school volunteering, we/I say “yes” to just a few. Nothing steals my joy faster than an overbooked schedule. Nothing breaks our family’s rhythm faster than an overbooked schedule. With a slower one, I feel God’s presence breathing more life into our lives!
    Awesome post! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  2. “If you are worshiping something other than God you will be chronically disappointed.” Yes, and carrying all that disappointment around for a lifetime is completely exhausting.
    It is good to find out what’s at the root of what’s driving us. Good post!

  3. Jessica this is so true and so beautifully shared. Lately I’m letting a million silly things steal my joy – and I needed this reminder today, this week, this month, this season! Megan @ SortaCrunchy has been working on a serious of posts about finding joy and they’ve been very inspiring to me as well. Our world is so full of busyness and worry and skewed priorities and just the noise of everything NOT joyful, I’m thankful for blogging sisters to redirect my sights to the truly important, everlasting stuff of this life that never fails to bring joy and peace amidst it all.

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I spend most of my time worrying about making the wrong choices, not doing enough, trusting the wrong people… I am typically such a joyful person and I have lost that in recent months.
    I so long to choose joy. Thank you for putting this in the forefront of my mind today.

  5. Lovely post. Today our pastor spoke on how we can attach ourselves so much to the things of this world that can cause worry and stress, and, like you say, squash our joy. I too, can get caught up in a life of things that really are less about love and more about the stuff of life. And I’m sometimes driven by fear, and now am reminded that fear means I am feeling that what I have is not enough. Thank you for reminding me to ask the question: Am I working with God at the centre and creating the joyful life he wants of me?

  6. Couldn’t agree more… it’s all about our focus. I used to think that I need to look to find the joy in situations, but I learned that if I just focus on any joy… even the simplest ones like Riley snuggling next to me, finding the positive or the joy in the tough things doesn’t really matter. It’s about embracing it wherever we can find it and keeping ourselves there.
    I’ve also learned that takes work sometimes 🙂

  7. i so badly want to live according to the rhythms of His grace, but so quickly get caught up in my own fast tempo… thank you for the reminder to choose joy in each moment.

  8. You don’t know how much I relate. While reading your column i made a quick list of the things that i have going on in my life right now…3 jobs, 4 personal projects, my family (mother, husband and 2 kids) and at last i left my spiritual life…that made me sad. sometimes i feel i’m trapped (not joyful) about my own dreams. It’s like i can’t get the right proportions of time, devotion, effort, interest… I’m always running, tired, sometimes mad and frustrated but mostly unsatisfied, thinking i can, i should always do a little more… anyway, thanks for giving me reasons to stop and reflect on that.