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Sarah Mae has a past that would be her present if it werenโ€™t for Jesus. A blogger, author, and co-author of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, sheโ€™s currently writing The Complicated Heart, a book for broken-hearted lovers of Jesus. Learn more at @thecomplicatedheart on Instagram or...

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  1. OH, Sarah Mae! Your post is my heart’s cry! Your prayer is what I so badly want for myself and my family!
    A short time ago, my 6 year old blatantly and honestly asked me, “Mama, do we have time now to just love on each other?” The question came after a cancelled Dr. appt – an excellent suggestion on how to spend our newfound free time. I could not help but say, “YES!!” However, I wondered how often my actions have actually said, “no.” For example, when I say, “Just a minute!” a dozen times to her requests at play, getting to everything else before getting to her or my sons.
    I surely do not want to look back and think I put my selfish ways ahead of their precious selves. As you so aptly put it, may I be fully alive OUTSIDE OF MYSELF yet inside His good ways!
    Thank you for blessing me with this today!

  2. Sarah May, Thank you! What a blessing reading your words this morning has been! I love this one, and Im going to print it out and put it on my fridge:) Thank you for reminding me yet again what and where I should seek joy from each day.

  3. How true it is that we must always seek God’s kingdom first in all things. I believe when we do this other more important things…such as husband, children,etc., are put into proper perspective. While it’s certainly important to take quiet time and “fill our pitcher” it is equally important to give of ourselves. Step away from the computer and play a game with your family.

  4. I struggle with this daily – where am I pouring my time/my self? Into me? Into my computer? Or into my kids? My flesh is so weak – I didn’t think about it as a spiritual struggle, too… the enemy does want me to pour into me and my computer instead of shaping my children’s hearts for the Lord. Thank you, Sarah Mae!

  5. I just printed this and stuck it beside my computer! It’s a struggle I’m sure many of us have, myself included…beautifully written!

  6. Ooo, you nailed it! A mama and her “me” time (read- computer) are not easily parted. It’s a hard balancing act and thank you for the reminder that parenthood is the art of sacrificing self, refined.

  7. Whew.
    So I like…TOTALLY needed to hear that today.
    Wow.
    I’ll be pondering those questions all day long.
    Can’t thank you enough ๐Ÿ™‚
    Mommy Blessings,
    Kate ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yes, and I think this will be a lifelong struggle for many women. The key? Perseverance. Never give up trying…no matter what. Jesus died and rose again because God the Father knew we couldn’t hit the mark. He bridged the gap. But never stop striving. Never stop fighting. The family is one target the enemy is always aimed at to destroy. Just look around.
    In light of all that, something we can do to be present with our family is have a scheduled story time everyday (or most days). After lunch or at whenever o’clock, sit down and read to your children…whether for 15 minutes or an hour. Just enjoy being. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Awesome. I love this post-Thanks Sarah Mae. You “killed” it; I heard Jesus whisper to me with each word. I love this: “I want my flesh to cover a Jesus heartbeat.”
    much love
    reese

  10. oh yeah. I needed to hear this one. I am recently new to being back at home with my family after working for full time for 10 years. I LOVE IT! My family is my work now. Yet, I still find myself sitting here (read: computer) too long. Thanks for putting this one out here. It was good timing for me.

  11. Thank you, THANK YOU, Thank you. Like the others, I needed to hear that…and there was comfort in knowing that I am not the only one, however God is so gently telling us through this post that we need to be alert to how we are spending our time. AMEN to your prayer…beautifully written. I will be reading this over and over as a start to my days. Thank you for sharing the TRUTH!

  12. Thank you for this post. It was exactly what I needed to read tonight. Funny. Almost like God planned it that way. Huh. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Seriously though, this is something that I have been spending a great deal of time in prayer about lately. Thank you for helping me to see that this truly is something God is calling me to improve upon.
    XO*Tricia