Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Finding Your Passion & Pursuing It - Part 2

Yesterday we talked about the crazy and busy life a mom faces on a daily basis. If you missed Part 1 you can catch up by reading yesterday's post.

As I mentioned I love to blog. I just enjoy writing and I just felt like there never was the “right time” to get a blog going. The last four years I’ve been in baby mode and I felt way too tired to focus on me. But the days seemed endless and I was feeling tired, lonely and desperate. A few months ago my family moved to another city and I finally decided it was time. I discovered writing was a key ingredient to fueling my day. It keeps me accountable and sane. I was enjoying the neat truths and treasures God was showing me and I wanted someone to share it with. 

So how do you know when is the “right time” to pursue your passion? Sometimes it takes prayer, advice from a trusted friend or your spouse, and sometimes just a step of faith. You have to be wise and you have to discern the situation you are in at the moment. What are you willing to sacrifice? For me staying at home with my kids is important. So blogging from my recliner while my kids are napping works perfect.  I have tried juggling work and kids and I couldn’t do it. It stressed me out. I knew I would be a better wife and mom if I was able to give my attention to one of the two. So I am not dissing the working mom. Others are good at it, I wasn’t. 

When I first became a full fledged stay at home mom my church did not have any type of moms group. I knew that if I hungered for a support system there had to be other moms who desired it too. I was able to meet with the leadership of my church and organize a group for moms with my schedule in mind and what I knew would work best for my family. However, be aware, not all good ideas are meant for you so think things through in its entirety. Luckily I had a few other moms who were just as passionate as I was and they helped me start up this group. I could not have done this on my own.

So do you know what fuels you? Do you like to cook, sew, garden or craft? Whatever it is you enjoy doing find a way to pursue it. It is YOUR job to find your passion and pursue it. I read a great blog post on this you can read about it here. I knew another stay at home mom who loved to cook and she was a good cook too. She put her passion into action and she’s a part of a hospitality group at her church that makes meals for those who are sick or mammas who just had babies. There are a ton of opportunities to put your passion into action you just have to look for them!

If you are still stuck I want you to listen to this sermon. It shares some great practical ideas on how to approach this if you still don’t know where to start. I already shared what fuels me daily but I also know that I need a weekly family night that brings my family together for some fun times. I also know that 1-2 times a month I need a date night with my husband. It’s important to me that we are strengthening our marriage by having time alone and away from the kids. What fuels you daily, weekly, and monthly? Journal it out and make it happen.

This is not being selfish. It is being smart. A better you means a healthier home!

Additional Resources: 
Desperate, Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

Velocity Series by Rick Gannon at Palm Valley Church

Power Verses:
Philippians 4:9
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice.

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.


  1. Lora,
    I love your blog! Sarah Mae is awesome, she also writes at (in)courage - and I think you would love that site. It is
    I would say that creating is a passion of mine. It takes on many different forms - writing, art, cooking, crafting...I love to create something new and beautiful.

  2. Hi Tiffany!
    I am so glad you are enjoying the blog! Thanks for the info I am a Sarah Mae fan. Keep your passions alive and keep creating beautiful things! Miss ya!