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Being Reduced

As a mom of 3 young children, I have many, many ideas on how I want things to be. Visions of everyone picking up their things, getting along, and doing what they know they are to do each and every day. I plan happy outings, nice meals at home, and meaningful discussions. 

Occasionally things go as planned, but many times I feel my life gets reduced to the kids watching a video while I take care of most everything. I often think I am pushing a rope. Ok, so Love and Logic should set in at this point, but guiding, teaching, disciplining, and loving 3 beautiful souls can be exhausting. I often give up and collapse into bed, wondering how I can do more.

Often through the midst of tears, the sweet voice of my loving Abba whispers into my ear, “fall into me. I am your refuge, your strength, your everything.” As I ponder this, I realize that I am being reduced into total reliance. Into him. Things can’t always be as I want. I cannot do it alone. I need help. In admitting reliance on others; whether it is on God or people, I have had to be humbled; reduced. Reduced down to waving  the white flag and asking  God to take over the command post.

In that, simplicity takes over if I allow it. I realize that I am FULLY LOVED, FULLY ACCEPTED, and FULLY FORGIVEN. The burden that I carried around with me is gone when I don’t take it back from the junk heap I have piled at his feet. It is so very simple. He simply wants to love us. If we let him.

What can you let go of today? Possibly the unrealistic expectations you put on yourself, or maybe the limitations you put on God. This is not to say we shouldn’t strive for the very best. It is just that the perspective of the best God wants for us, not what we want for us, is what we need to keep in mind.

Can you choose to take a moment to accept the fact that he simply wants to love you? Just as you are. He also wants the very best for you. But to have all he has in store for us, we need to be reduced. To allowing his plan to unfold. And in that, there is great strength. And Joy. Peace. Health. Wellness. Restoration. Love.



About Erika Barrett

Endlessly curious and a strange mix of too simple and way too complicated, I'm in awe of the beauty and glory this life offers, celebrate resourcefulness and finding simplicity in life. I am a certifying LifeCoach, specializing in helping others find a way forward towards crafting a life of joyful purpose. I'm also Masters Level Practictioner of Splankna Therapy, which is a mind-body-spirit therapy model. I'm a currently single mama to three beautiful souls, and I love to be outside, adventuring and exploring, laughing, playing in the water and hugging those around me. I'm a believer that life is rich when we become aware of the little moments placed before us and embrace them fully-the joy, sorrow, beauty, love and pain. Life is too short to be so serious, yet there is so much devastating brokenness all around us that feels crushing. My writing is about a journey into wholeness and restoration. For me, you and those around us. So won't you join me in diving into our experiences and hearts? Feel free to share a thought or many, and please, please, love those you're with.

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