with Lynne and Leslie

Saying Yes Even When It’s Scary

by SweetMidlife

Lynne here! Today’s post was inspired by a blogging link-up (where bloggers share their favorite posts as a way to network and whatnot) called “That’s What She Said”. Every week, they give you a quote and ask you to write a piece inspired by it. This week, we are to write on this..

Pretty powerful, right?

I am very very loud. And I have been adventurous. But I am also an over-thinker. A mulling-over-thoughts-ad-nauseum person. I am not saying that you should leap off of cliffs without looking. That can literally kill you. But I have found that over the last several years, I tend to toss thoughts back and forth, over and over, until the indecision torments me. And that ain’t good either.

I got married at 39, and had my son at 41, so I spent the majority of my life thus far as single and not a mom. And I don’t know how you can be sure of something but also worry at the same time, but that’s me. And before my wedding, then 2 years later when my son was a newborn, I felt God tell me that He had this, and that He was going to give me everything that I needed to be a wife, then a mother. That didn’t mean that it would be easy, and that I wouldn’t have moments when I wanted to run away from everyone who lives with me, or that I wouldn’t have moments when all of it is hard, when the tantrums seem unending, and I can’t seem to remember to change the laundry and have to rerun the loads over and over, and I feel that all that I do is apologize for things that I have neglected, moments when I have dropped every ball I was trying to juggle. But in those moments, under all of the noise, I remember that God promise, because in those whispers He was telling me just what the brilliant Miss Fey said above: that if I said “yes”, we would fill in the blanks. Because for every doubt, there are a million moments that confirm that I am actually not doing a bad job. Dare I say it, I am actually doing a good job. Because we laugh, and we smile, and we eat, even if it is later than I thought it would be. We thrive. And that’s worth all of it.

16 Responses to “Saying Yes Even When It’s Scary”

  1. We could be twins!! Thanks for the reminder to stop overthinking and just jump in sometimes. Great post and great series!

  2. angiehaube@gmail.com' Angie Haube says:

    Love this! I tend to overthink things, too. But upon reflection, the best and most wonderful moments of my life came when I said Yes…and it DID somehow get figured out later. Keep on saying it, Lynne…beautiful things happen when we let go of worry and fear and LIVE!

  3. Your Yes made me also realize that if I said yes only by my experience/knowledge – how limited my life would be – because when we say Yes to God – well, He comes up with things I never imagined or dreamed possible! So glad you said, “Yes” – those little boys are heart-changing!

  4. mary.geisen@me.com' Mary Geisen says:

    Great post! I love how when it is all said and done we find out we are actually doing okay! God’s got this and that is all that matters. Blessings!

  5. mrskcanino@gmail.com' karen says:

    what a great post and reminder, the only way we get experience nad knowledge is by trying and doing. Happy Mommy Monday Blog Hop

  6. I think that quote is especially true when it comes to making decisions for your family (getting married, having a baby) because the sacrifices are so great – it’s not until you do it that you realize it was so worth it. Thanks for the thoughts!

  7. Mrs.aok05@gmail.com' Mrs. AOK says:

    I’m an over-thinker. I want to be a just-doer. However, now that I’m a Mommy and have been one for 13 years now, I’m alway thinking, planning, analyzing! I wish YES, could come more naturally in regard for doing things for me/opportunities/faith in myself.
    I’ve been better at not over extending my yeses, because I have been known to say yes to people when I probably should have said NO.
    Thanks for joining Courtney and I.

  8. Thank you for joining Dean and I for the That’s What She Said Link Up. I was excited to read your post and so happy to have you as a part of the link up. I loved reading your post. I too struggle with indecision. It is something that I am constantly working with. To not over-think, over-analyze. I am trying to trust myself. Listen to my gut. It can be hard though! Thank you again! I hope to see you again this week. XO

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