Last night Rob and I were reading a devotional that talked about taking time to be silent and still. This part especially felt like it was written directly to me:
?”Soaking in silence is a time of saturating yourself in the presence of God. No words, actions, or thoughts are necessary for soaking. It’s a time of just being, allowing the silence to minister to the busy mind, tired body, and weary soul.”?
I said to Rob, “I feel like this describes me so well right now: busy mind, tired body, and weary soul.”?
? My mind is always busy, going a million miles an hour trying to keep track of everything I need to do, from endless loads of laundry and making meal plans to designing workouts for my clients.
? My body is tired. Tired from waking up every two hours during the night for the past several weeks with a baby who is going through a sleep regression.
✝️ My soul is weary. Weary because in all the craziness of packing and moving into a house, getting ready for Christmas, and just trying to stay on top of my wife and mommy duties, I haven’t made much time the past few weeks to quiet my heart and just be with God in stillness. ?? I haven’t really dug into the Word like I want to; my prayers have been sporadic and quick, and my heart craves peace and needs to be re-centered and refreshed. ☀️
I feel like life has been rush-rush-rush for the past month and I just want to retreat to the woods for a couple days with my Bible and journal. (introvert alert, haha! ☺️)
? Rob is so good at listening to my exasperated vents and ramblings and helping me figure out what I can do in a practical sense to bring some positive changes.☺️ He helped me realize that instead of running around like crazy during Lydia’s naps, doing housework, laundry, emails to clients, and all that kind of stuff, sometimes I need to just press the pause button, and use that time of silence to actually….be silent. ? So today, as tough as it was to let the laundry and dishes sit where they were, I curled up under a warm throw with a cup of coffee ☕️ and spent Lydia’s naptime reading the Word and just sitting in silence with God. ??
This half hour of peace and stillness helped me reconnect with Him and slow down the frantic pace of my life and my heart. Stillness is not highly prized in our fast-paced, “microwave society” where everything is rushed and instant and people pride themselves on how busy they are. ? But stillness is something I think we could all use a little more of in our lives. Taking the time to press pause ? let go of our to-do lists for a little bit, and just spend a few moments focusing more on what really matters. It refreshed my heart today, and reminded me of how much I treasure these quiet times with God. ❤️
Maybe if you’re feeling stressed, exhausted, burnt-out, or weary, you can find a few moments tonight to press pause and be refreshed. I was reminded today that I need to be intentional about making time for this. I need to set rhythms in place so that I am prioritizing what really matters most. ✝️
“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.” – Pico Iyer (The Art of Stillness)