The Hamster Wheel of Busyness
by Joanne Ellison

May is in full swing and I’ve heard it said that “May is the new December.” Just like December fills up with shopping, Christmas parties, holiday activities, etc., May seems to fill up quickly with recitals, end of the year parties, graduation ceremonies and more. While these are all good things, we must recognize when we’re making ourselves busy just to be busy. That’s not God’s desire for us – he desires us to be fruitful.

If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I occasionally share entries from my devotionals. Today I want to share one with you from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet. This devotional, in particular, was written based on my personal journal entries. I wrote these entries from the comfort the Lord gave me during various situations and emotions in my life. The entry I’m sharing today is based on what I sensed the Lord was saying about busyness. I encourage you to read it below and share your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.




Are you aware that busyness takes you from me? It steals your time and your energy and threatens to overtake you. B-U-S-Y—Being –Under-Satan’s-Yoke. My child, when you stay on the hamster wheel of busyness, you end up under Satan’s yoke. Release yourself from the pressure of perfectionism and drivenness. My desire for you is to be fruitful not busy. When you are fruitful you have been abiding in me, the Vine. I know the plans I have for you for good, and my plans do not include stress. My plans are for your perfect peace as you seek my will. Keep in step with me and follow my lead. I will lead you in the way that you should go and not push or drive you. I will gently lead you beside still waters. When you take the path that I have chosen for you, you will find freedom and peace. Stress-induced followers are not surrendered followers. Surrender your plans, and I will show you a new way to live in me.

Isaiah 26:3; Luke 10:38-42; John 15:7-8



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  1. Susan Causey

    Jo Ann,

    Thank you for sharing. I love your encouragement and support and the honesty you share with so many.

    Blessings and thanks,


    • joanneellison

      So glad to hear this Susan! Blessings and much love:)


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