You Can’t Do It All

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34

Pregnancy comes with a long list of “no’s”- foods you shouldn’t eat, activities you shouldn’t perform, and places you shouldn’t go. (In case want to know what you should be saying no to these days, look for the lists at the bottom of this post). As a Certified Baby Planner, a big part of my job is keeping up on the safety guidelines for expecting moms and teaching clients about the risks to avoid during pregnancy. It is important to know your limitations- and not just according to safety, but also to sanity.

What do I mean? Well, as I have mentioned before, I am a Type-A Wanna-Be SuperMom, (who falls short of her pending title daily). I want to do it all and experience all of the wonderful joys in this life with my family. We just got home from a Disney Cruise- it was FANTASTIC and I will be blogging about sailing with an infant in future posts. However, it took me 24 hours to relax because I was so overwhelmed by the plethora of activities and couldn’t figure out how to take my daughter to meet princesses, my son to see a movie, and my baby to the infant splash pad all at once!

“What if I miss an activity?

What if my daughter can’t see Frozen for the 100th time- but this time it is on the ship- won’t that be a ¬†better experience for her? Will she ever forgive me?

I need to make sure the kids get to play in the sand, go on the water slide, hit the splash pad, dance with Mickey, eat some lunch, hit the kids club, rest, swim, and take a family photo while at port!”

Yes- this is my mind on vacation. Imagine what it’s like on a work day!

I was so frazzled the first day that I went to the Lord in prayer. I realized I was so caught up in the “to-do list” cares of this world that I was missing out of basking in the moment-to-moment blessings unfolding in front of me. Once I released the fact that I couldn’t do it all, I was overcome with joy and peace.

Perhaps you are struggling with growing your family and sacrifices that you will have to make, (or are already making). The world tells us that we can do it all- that having a plate overflowing with obligations will give us worth. The Lord tells us that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” and to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all things will be added unto you.”

We must seek the Lord, His will, and His plan for our lives. It can be hard to decipher, but ask for wisdom and the Holy Spirit for discernment. Doing too much leads to chaos, confusion, and exhaustion. As a parent, you will need to prioritize in a new way. Remember that the Lord comes first, your family second, and all else after that.

Free yourself of trying to do it all.

Free yourself of comparison to other moms.

Free yourself of thinking you will never have time for the things that you are sacrificing again- “There is a season for everything and a time for every matter under heaven.”

Focus on the joy of what you DO have, and not on what you do not.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy according to the Mayo Clinic

-Seafood high in mercury- swordfish, shark, king mackerel, & tilefish

-Undercooked, raw, or contaminated seafood- sushi, raw oysters, lox

-Undercooked meat, poultry, eggs- hot dogs, deli meats, pate, meat spread, runny eggs

-Unpasteurized Foods-brie, feta, blue cheese, soft cheeses

-Unwashed fruits and veggies

-Large amounts of Vitamin A

-Excess caffeine- limit to 200 mg/day

- Herbal Tea

-Alcohol

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Releasing the fact that you can’t do it all can be just what you need for peace!

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