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.
Choosing to rejoice anyway is one of the most powerful things that we can do to fight back against the enemy (who would like nothing more than to see us a defeated). It's a declaration of faith in God's goodness and faithfulness, despite all appearances to the contrary, and it's always good for us to declare his praise. Especially when our weary souls need to be reminded of his goodness.
I was in my 40s when my grandmother, Jewel, died in her mid-90s. One of my strongest childhood memories was sleeping in the extra twin bed in her room and hearing her pray aloud for each family member by name before she went to sleep.
Sometimes the very thing our souls most need is to stop in the middle of the brokenness and dwell on a thing of beauty. To be reminded that for all that is wrong and broken in the world, there is also beauty and light and life.