The Woman Who Has It All

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Welcome  I love to read books.  Since leaving my teaching job 18 months ago, I’ve been reading like crazy.  I consider most of the books I read to be real blessings in my life.  I mostly read books centered around faith and spiritual matters and how to improve myself as a Christian, wife, and mom.  I started a new book last week.  The book is older, published in the nineties, but its message is still very applicable.  It is The 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make, by Pam Farrell.  I’ve read several of the books she and her husband have written.  I’ve even referenced a few of them here on the blog.  I’m just now getting around to reading this one, though.

I’ve noticed that with a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately, they include a set of study or reflection questions, and not just from this particular author. I love these kind of books because I can take what I’m reading even deeper.  I can see how to personally apply the lessons to my own life.  I learn a lot about myself in these journaling questions.  I’m only half-joking when I tell my family that it’s “therapy in a book.”  Often, I find that I want to share my discoveries here on the blog.  Today’s post fits this description.

If you are interested in reading some of my recent book picks, check out these links from Amazon (Note: I am not affiliated with any of the authors or publishers of the following books)

The 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make by Pam Farrell

The 10 Best Decisions a Couple Can Make by Bill and Pam Farrell

5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz

Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

Unshakable Hope by Max Lucado

Food For Thought  Many women, myself included, wrestle with decisions because we are trying to fulfill the expectations of so many people.  We want to please our spouse, our kids, our parents, our church family, our friends, our boss and coworkers, our neighbors, the other carpool moms…pretty much everyone.  In the face of trying to please everyone, and ultimately gain their approval, we struggle with decision making, knowing no matter what decision we make someone is bound to be disappointed in us.  We strive to be the woman “who has it all,” but in the attempt at gaining such an unrealistic label, we can potentially lose so many more important things.

In my current read, right out of the gate, chapter one, question one, I am asked to describe this woman who “has it all.”  My list included the following: a loving husband, kind children, supportive friends, a beautiful home, a nice car, financial security, time to enjoy all these wonderful blessings, and the heart of a servant, seeking to do good in the world around her.  Awwww, doesn’t that just sound wonderful?  On any given day I might have all of these things, but often fall short in a few of the categories.  And the thing is, this is what I envision for my own life with it “all.”  Another woman may consider my vision a suffocating life-style.  Another woman may consider this entirely too simplified and void of other important things.

I may not be the woman who has it “all,” but I have a lot of the important pieces: a loving husband, a child that shows kindness (well, most days, anyway), and I am happy to say that I now have more time to enjoy the blessings of my life.  I may not have a magazine-ready home or the latest model automobile.  I may not have dozens of friends or invites to social engagements.  I may not have unlimited funds for shopping, vacations, or spa trips.  I may not be the first person people go to for fashion advice or help in decorating their home.  Yet I still have it ALL!  I have faith, love, and blessings beyond measure!  And that is ALL I need.  I don’t need to grace the cover of any magazine (or book) or show up on a daytime talk show.  I don’t even need to be the most popular mom in the neighborhood.

Take a look around.  Really look…a warm home, family or friends that care for you, daily provision, a faith that transcends all understanding.  Did you wake up this morning, with food, clothing, clean water and air, and the daily products you need for health and hygiene?  Do you have it ALL?  I thank God today for letting me be a woman who HAS IT ALL.  Will you share your gratitude today, as well?

Today’s Scripture  When it comes to having it all, my faith says I have it all in Jesus Christ.  My Bible tells my so…

John 3:16    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Today’s Bible Journaling Pages  For my first page today, I used black ink, followed by dual tip paint pens.  I accented with stickers and washi tape.  The notecard is attached along the top with washi tape, forming a sort of lift-the-flap accent.

My second page is John 4:14, illustrated using a black hand-lettering marker from ZIG, followed by watercolor.  You can watercolor Bible pages if they are in a journaling-specific Bible and you place a layer of paper towel under the page you are painting on.  Be light-handed with the water and you will have no seepage.  I free-draw and hand-letter all of my journaling pages, but if you are more comfortable using stencils or tracing, go for it! Or, you can be like me and embrace the little imperfections of your own craft.  Whatever makes the scripture meaningful for you.

To read more about my Bible journaling adventure, check out my post, Bible Journaling: Yay or Whoa? or my Bible Journaling board on Pinterest.