Fold the laundry, make breakfast, clean up kitchen, make sure everyone has everything they need for the day, fill out the forms, send in the checks, register for a class, pick up the instruments, attempt to get my work done, run the errands, hit the grocery store, schedule appointments, send out emails, pick my kids up from school, drive them where they need to go, go home, pick them up from where they have been, go home again, have them do their homework while I make dinner, clean the kitchen again, go to the meeting of the night, make sure they shower, read with them, say prayers, tuck them in...fall on the couch...oh wait, I need to make their lunches for tomorrow...
September is here and I have found myself meeting 5 o'clock with exhaustion and giving it all I have to get through the next few hours until everyone is in bed.
I need to remind myself throughout the day to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
I wake up before my children to get my quiet time with God in. I am centered and ready for the day but I am realizing I am needing more quiet time in the midst of the whirlwind of life throughout the day. When life gets busy, as it is, especially as we transition from a relaxed summer to the new school year, I won't find calm, peace and clarity by getting swept up in the storm. It is a myth that the continuous going, going, going, will bring up peace and contentment, perspective and joy.
To move through life with greater peace and ease we need silence to gain clarity and direction.
Think about when you are lost on a road trip. We don't ask everyone to keep talking and keep the music on. We turn the music off and ask everyone to be quiet so that we can receive clarity on what direction we need to go in.
The same is true in life.
Although I have my morning quiet time which fuels me for the day, I am realizing I need to take a few pit stops throughout my day. A few minutes of quiet time here and there will help refuel me and give me perspective and greater peace as I move along.
The pit stops will most likely not take place in my blue chair, which is where my morning quiet time happens. They will most likely will be while sitting at the kitchen table eating lunch, while folding laundry, or on the car ride to pick up my children, while waiting at a stop light or while cooking a meal. I may not be completely still but I can create silence by turning off the music, not picking up my phone to check my emails, let the kids have their screen time and simply be fully in the silence, gaining wisdom and insight or what we need to do, or not do, as we move forward in our day.
I invite you to come to the quiet with me today.
Create those little retreats for yourself to refuel and renew your Spirit, so we can be the a light instead of a shadow, as we move throughout our day.
Be well and enjoy the quiet,
"Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest" - Matthew 11:28