Yesterday I mentioned “margin.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, creating “margin” in your life means not cramming your life full, but rather creating some free space around the things that you plan to do (a lot like you have open space for margins around the printed words on a page).
That margin gives you room to change your plans, take advantage of an opportunity that suddenly presents itself or just gives you room to relax and play. If your day is packed full, it’s far harder to change direction and, for most of us, it means that we’re hugely stressed much of the time.
When it comes to being a generous wife, there is the temptation to do, keep on doing and do even more. It is somewhat counter intuitive to say slow down and simplify so that you can bless your sweetie, but it’s true. If you simplify your life, make time for the important things and create a bit of margin in your life, you will be more relaxed and more able to express love to your husband.
For me, it meant giving thought to what was really important and intentionally cutting out less important activities so that I would be more rested and have the time for the people and things I love. At times those choices have been difficult (so many fun things to do). I have a limit on how many evenings I will be outside the home, I have a limit on the number of activities I will engage in, etc. I only have so much time and so much energy and I want to make sure that some of my best goes to my husband and our marriage relationship.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hofmann
Image credit (c) Lori Byerly
Won’t it be nice to breathe a little easier? 5 Ways to Create Margin in Your Life (from TooDarn Happy)
Create the prayer habit for your marriage (April 16th – June 1st) ~ A Surrendered Marriage Challenge (from Intentional by Grace)
Be generous! Lori <><