September 10


Control what you can and release the rest

By Jessica Allen

September 10, 2022

I may have my hands on the wheel, but we all know who’s *really* driving this crazy rig. (Still wondering how we got 2 blondie babies.)

In a season where I still feel like my time, my body, my sleep, my schedule, and my agenda aren’t my own, I have to work intentionally to control what I can and release the rest to the Divine.

What that looks like (on a good day):

Taking care of my body (move and fuel)

Taking care of my mind (listen and read)

Taking care of my soul (pray and be still)

Being realistic about standards and expectations

Looking for special moments in the chaos

What it looks like (on not-my-best-days):

All of the above, if possible, plus:

Giving myself grace

Using my couch coins for a drive-thru treat

Connecting with people who care

Asking for help

Laughing at the absurd and letting the tears fall when they come

Life is messy. We don’t get through it alone or move through it unchanged. This is a season of pressing. But I can either focus on the squeeze, or choose to look ahead with belief to what I know is a lifetime of blessing and earned wisdom to come.

Learning, leaning, and trusting as I go,

J ❤️

Jessica Allen

About the author

Jessica is a writer, musician, entrepreneur, wife, and mom. Jessica's mission is to write "real" - shining light into the dark places of the tough stuff we all experience. She and her husband Jack live in Houston, Texas and have weathered the storms of grief, infant loss, adoption, and a marriage that almost fell apart. Jessica and Jack have four children: LJ in heaven, Grace, Jackson, and Elisha.

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