Sunday special

Heather says:

No person can be “on” all the time. Whether you’re a college student, a parent of young children, or a work-a-holic, a person must take some time to replenish themselves. Life, in all of its wonder and aggravation takes a toll that must be paid. Aside from adequate nutrition and rest, the mind and spirit need time to recharge.

I’m the mother of two small and very active little boys. From the second their eyes pop open in the morning until the last one closes at night, there is very little “down time.” It took me a while to realize I had to carve out some time for myself. For some, that time may be at the end of the day. In the evenings I hear the call of all the “I shoulds.” I should be writing an article, I should be prepping this for tomorrow, I should… I should… I should. I take my time in the morning, while the house is still quiet, a cup of coffee and silence.

Each day is filled with a hundred details, what to eat, what to wear, where will I find the money to pay for it all, and where on earth did I put my keys?  Perspective is easily lost. Life is hectic, but it won’t grind to screeching a halt by setting aside a few minutes each day for reflection and thanksgiving.  Learning to find even a few minutes peace takes practice, but the overall effect may be priceless.


  1. Pam on June 5, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    I start each day thanking God for starting it with me…..asking Him to guide my thoughts and choices….it took me 50 years to realize that I get to choose what I think about….thoughts may come into my mind….anger, disapointment, confusion…..but I don’t have to build a nest for them….I can choose to think about the grace and forgivness of God instead. Our cultural has given a badge of honor to “busyness”….don’t confuse contentment with bordem. Peace of mind to you….

  2. Ann on April 30, 2007 at 7:20 am

    I’ve been wrestling through the same issues. Yesterday I posted a link to a beautifully-written article by “Real Learning”. She talks a lot about burnout and gaining perspective.

    My Bible study grouped has also been talking a bit about the discipline of Sabbath rest. Our culture has replaced Sabbath rest with everyday busyness, so our bodies and spirits don’t have time for refreshment.

    My comment is getting too long, so let me just say thanks for reminding us to think about rest!

  3. malia on April 30, 2007 at 7:53 am


  4. Angela on April 29, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Oh, so true. I love the days I can crawl out of bed and not wake anyone that may have wondered into it during the night. It is just such a great time.

  5. Margo on April 29, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    What wonderful advice!!!!!!