Well, Labor Day is behind us and students are back in school. My kids are in third and sixth grades this year, and my husband is in graduate school while also working full-time at a university library. But learning isn't just for classrooms, is it?
In fact, whether we realize it or not, all of us are being taught via hundreds of messages every day. Take a look at the bullets below and see if any of them sound familiar to you:
- You can and should do it all.
- Everyone else is doing it all.
- You need to be more balanced.
- Slowing down your pace is a sign of laziness.
- Your value is based on what you produce.
- Saying "no" to a request on your time is selfish.
I could go on, but that list is getting a little depressing! For the record, every one of those statements above is false. But too many of us buy into them, which only leads to guilt and shame, and a striving after wrong priorities. Friends, it's time we all go back to school on this idea of balance.
Cynthia is right (in the video above). If you're a believer, your purpose is far bigger than "balance." Free to Lean applies to any woman who is weary of striving for that unattainable notion, and is ready for the peace that comes with following God-led priorities. That could be a mother of small children, a college student, a company executive, a pastor’s wife, a caregiver for elderly parents—anyone! It doesn’t matter if you’re married, single, with or without children, or what you do during the day. If you’re tired of trying to do it all, sister, this book is for you.
You can read more about the book here, but I'd love for you take a moment or two and see what other women had to say after reading it themselves. Below you'll find four different women sharing what they personally took away from Free to Lean.
For more Free to Lean videos, see my PlayList on YouTube here.
Friend, I hope you'll find a copy of Free to Lean for yourself. You won't be hearing just from me within the pages, but from more than fifty other women I interviewed for this project, and of course, from God's Word, too. He has plenty to say about how we order our days.
I'm so excited about this Free to Lean Give-away! One luck winner will receive everything you see in the package below. A Free to Lean notebook, two Free to Lean post-it notepads, a bunch of bookmarks, two purple pens (my very favorite writing utensil) and a mug which says, "God never asked us to do it all." To enter the drawing, please use the Rafflecopter form below. (If you do not see the form, you can click here to be taken to it on a separate Web page instead.) A winner will be drawn and notified Monday, October 2. The winner will have three days to respond with a mailing address before I select a runner-up.