The light at the end of the tunnel.
That’s often how I feel when we finish the magazine layout and design and send it off to the printers. It’s the satisfaction of a hard job well-done!
I am especially feeling it this time around. There have been times in this magazine/ministry journey when I begin to experience burnout and this is one of them. It’s not that I want to stop this work … I just don’t want to have so much to do!
When I started Shining Stars over eight years ago, there was not a lot going on in my life. I was still being homesechooled but other than that, and the typical family chores, responsibilities and activities, there were not many demands on my time. Therefore I was able to invest a lot of time into this.
Over the years, I have developed new responsibilities, especially with family businesses, and there are times when I realize that I am taking on too much and spreading myself too thin. Too often now, my days consist of hours at the computer and I still feel like I’m not accomplishing everything that I need to!
It has been so long since I experienced the feeling of not needing to do something … the freedom to choose what I would like to do. I recently saw a quote that read something like, “Do something you enjoy doing every day” and I thought to myself, when?!
A lot of this has to do with balancing priorities and every so often (usually once a year!) I have to regroup, reorganize, and reprioritize. Several posts ago I mentioned that I was prayerfully considering making some changes. I feel that I have come to a crossroads with the magazine: either I need some volunteer help, or I need to scale back drastically.
You see, I would love to see this ministry reaching and encouraging more people. It’s a Biblical principle – growing and expanding, producing more and more fruit. And yet I can’t make this happen on my own. I need some young ladies who can help.
But I also want to be direct about something. There have been different young ladies who have offered to help over the years and in many cases this was a great assistance. But I’ve also had people offer to help out and then not stay committed or responsible. I fully understand that unexpected things come up and life happens … we’ve experienced this many times ourselves and sometimes have to adjust schedules accordingly. That’s not a problem.
However, I have worked for over eight years to make this a priority and have sacrificed other pursuits when necessary to keep this running smoothly. And I am not asking for people to sign away their freedom and become a slave to Shining Stars – far from it! I am asking that if you are prayerfully considering helping out with this need, that you would consider if you are able to be dependable and committed to the work that needs to be done.
If so, and you would like to help us out, please let me know. Otherwise, I will be prayerfully considering how to lessen my responsibilities with this ministry.
P.S. Volume8 Number4 (Hearing From Our Brothers) is at the printers’ and will be in the mail in a couple weeks. If your subscription has expired or you would like to get a sample of this issue, you can do so by clicking here!
P.P.S. We’re currently giving away a bottle of essential oil on our family blog – you’re welcome to visit this post and enter for a chance to win!
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