white space

whiteSpace

The Nester is hosting this great writing challenge to all bloggers.  She asks bloggers to write about one topic for 31 days (the month of October).  I already have been reading Erin’s blog, A Blue-Eyed Bride, but was really excited to hear about her topic of creating more white space.  With schedules and being over-extended with commitments, she writes how she needs more white space; or what Andy Stanley refers to as “breathing room”.

Its so easy for me to become over committed and have my schedule full of tons of different things.  Many of which are actually really “good” things.  But as the days go by and turn into weeks I realize that there are areas in my life that aren’t getting enough attention because I have flooded my life with too much of the same things.  I am slowly gaining the confidence to say no to certain events, so that I have space and time to spend with people.

There have been times when I have felt as if my days were full of small groups, studies, and things to do but yet what I actually craved the most, was more deep relationships.  Ones where you feel like you could talk for hours bearing your hearts to one another.  Ones where you weren’t fearful of sharing your failures or showing who you really are (I am talking a no makeup, sweatpants type of friend).  When those friends come around, you move mountains to make time for them.  I look back to last year and think that I should have dropped more things on my schedule to spend time with “my people”, because those are moments that pour into me.

Creating more white space can be applied to every area of your life.  Friendships were just a huge area in my life that wasn’t developed as much as other areas.  I am finding that if I don’t keep certain mornings or afternoons free, then I won’t physically have time to deepen relationships with people.

We were all designed to live in community with people, thats why it fulfills a deep desire within us.

It is not God’s intention for us to live life by ourselves without people supporting us.  Whether that is as a mother, or a sister, or a professional, or a wife, we were meant to be in community with one another.

I encourage you to check out the rest of Erin’s posts here and really examine what is stealing your white space in your life?  It’s a great reminder to de-clutter and simplify the areas in your life that are full to the brim with excess.

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