I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now, friends. It's the middle of a busy season that's only going to get busier (hello holiday markets), and just glancing at all the things penciled in on the calendar is making me a little twitchy.
Who else is with me? I know it's just a season, but I've been through enough crazy busy fourth quarters by now to know that sometimes, I just need to take a step back and sit still for a few minutes.
So that's what I've been trying to do. Each morning, after the girls get on the bus and before I read and study my Bible, I simply sit. Sometimes I pray, but mostly I just soak up the stillness.
And it's been so good for my soul. Maybe it would help you too. If life feels too busy to slow down, just give yourself permission to catch a breath. The world won't stop turning because you stopped doing for 30 minutes, but you may just find that sitting still is exactly what you need to keep on going.
Take care of your soul, first, sweet friend. When you do that, everything else has a way of falling into place. Promise.
Given the option between a life of ease and a life of suffering, I'll take the the easy road every time. Yes please to the good life. Hard pass on the hardship. But Jesus isn't like me. He knew what was to come, and he walked toward it with eyes and arms wide open.
Here lately, every time I hear the familiar chords of an old hymn at church, tears prick my eyes, and it's a real struggle not to ugly cry in the middle of the sanctuary. It's the darnedest thing. Given the sidelong glances she gives me every time it happens, I'm pretty sure that our youngest daughter is seriously worried about me.