Friday, July 6, 2012

The 4 Letter Word

Rest is not something I do well. I am always being told to slow down, take a break. I was often compared to a bull in a china cabinet and a wiggle worm as a child. Chiropractors have to tell me over and over during visits to relax. I have to have something to do while watching television and waiting for the computer to load drives me bananas. You get it, I just don't do rest!

Rest is all I have been able to do for weeks now and I am learning... there's an app for that. It's called Grace. I have had to learn the beauty of this little 4 letter word. R E S T! I have had to learn to rest gracefully.

I have talked to my children more, done more cuddling, read more books to them, had more one on one time with each of them. I have no where else to go, nothing "better" to do. Right now I am not in a mad rush to do anything or nothing. I have experienced boredom for the first time in a LONG time.

It is a joy and privilege to be able to keep up with housework. To make your house a home. But there are all kinds of seasons in our lives and in the midst of those seasons it is best to learn to handle it with grace. More than that to learn the beauty of grace through that season. If grace is God's kindness that we don't deserve than why not see the kindness He is trying to show you in those moments.

I am learning the love and kindness of my husband who comes home late at night and takes care of what I cannot take care of right now. I am learning the kindness of my mother who has prepared lunches for my kids so that I can pull things out of the refrigerator put them on a plate and be done. I have witnessed the kindness of my Lord as he allows me precious moments with my kids that I miss out on daily in my haste to get things done. I hope that this season in my life is going to be ending soon. But if I can learn to find a balance somewhere between keeping up and slowing down it will have been very worth it.

Be still, and know that I am God... (Psalm 46:10)



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