quiet moments

Once again, my husband has arranged a time of respite for his bride.  A time where the primary purpose is to soak up some quiet, rest, and enjoy activities without the hustle and bustle of little ones.

Not that I mind them of course.

So my faithful protector packed up the children {wait, I did that!} and left three days ago for a trip up north to visit his parents.  Nana & Grandad were thrilled and big sister was surprised; all in all I’ve heard the trip has been good.  They’re due home tonight.

And me?

Yes, the quiet has been good, though being home instead of leaving didn’t quite put me in the restful mode.  Oh, I slept in & took several naps, enjoyed leisurely walks & times of spiritual reflection.

Then shopping for post-baby Mama clothing was on the list.  Also baby items needed to be washed; and our second girl goes off to her first overnight camp next week…so just a few tasks to do as preparations are made.

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While extended time alone is very appreciated, I am aware of the efforts made by both my husband and myself to make sure that everyday life doesn’t become so jam-packed that we do not rest.

Our Lord commands us to make room for respite on a regular basis and in the past year we’ve made more efforts to bend towards this mandate.

There are areas of growth needed and we keep those before us.  I am so glad however that our home life & ministry life, as very full as it is, does not overcrowd unnecessarily.

This pursuit of rest must be a deliberate choice, and it is at times difficult to tame the tyranny of the urgent.  We actually have to work at making sure there is time to rest!  But it is important to us…and to the Lord.  So we move in this direction seeking wisdom often on how to juggle it all.  He is so faithful to answer!

 

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7 comments

elaine @ peace for the journey

You know I've said this before, but coming over to your blog and taking in the beauty of your thoughts and corresponding pictures is a "quiet moment" for my soul–a true respite from my busy day.

I so need some time, friend. With four kids (20, 18, 8, 6) home this summer, it's a bit crowded. Soon enough, the older two will be away at college, and I'll be missing them like crazy, but I've not had "quiet" in a long time; I prize the late evening hours/early morning hours when I have the privilege of hearing only the sound of the crickets outdoors and the occasional rain on my window.

Your blog is artistry. Do you realize that? You have a knack for making it all work; I imagine this is also the same in your home, marriage, parenting, and spiritual life as well.

Keep to it; I'll be praying for the safe arrival of little-one as the Lord brings you all to mind.

As always,
peace~elaine

Anonymous

Through skillful and godly wisdom is a house (a life,a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established (on a sound and firm foundation).
And by knowledge shall the chambers (of it's every area) be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Proverbs 24:3-4
Amplified Bible

I see this in your family. Thank you for your example.

Shirley

daniele @ domestic serenity

Thank you ladies for the compliments…I am humbly honored.

Ann@His Grace To Me

Isn't it sad that modern life has made us so busy that we have to schedule in rest time?!

I was reminded recently that not everything needs to be done by me, that I need to let go and let others take their place. Part of the pursuit of rest.

HomeGrown Life

Building in down-time and rest are so, so necessary to family life. I feel the same as you, although life is full, it is not busy. Hope your time of solitude was restorative and fruitful!

With Loving Stitches

I just talked of self love/rest on my blog. I do not do well in this category & I know I must. I have to make time to calm my self inwardly & externally. Thank you for once again reminding me how important this is.

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