Wednesday, September 28, 2011

31 days of...

Emily over at Chatting at the sky said some words that have inspired me:

"One of the best ways to become a better writer is to write. Last October I became a better writer during 31 Days of Grace. Writing everyday for a month will do that to you. But more than just the discipline of writing, 31 Days is an opportunity for each of us to discover those things that make us come alive. And then, to share those things with others."

So I've decided to join in with her and a host of other bloggers and write every day for 31 days. I brainstormed lots of different topic ideas but the one that kept coming back to me was "31 Days of Peace in the Chaos."

Sometimes life just feels like chaos. Right now, my life feels like a never ending cycle of monotonous chaos. One crazy exhausting day after the next. But for 31 days, I will be looking for peace in each of those days. I know the Lord provides it for me, but I just don't always see it.

Writing every day for 31 days is gonna be hard. I actually tried it last year- I just didn't post it on the blog. I think I made it about 3 days. So here goes nothing! I'm hoping to stay committed and make it all 31 days this year. Join me in this journey!

Monday, September 12, 2011

the balance

You know, I've found that life is all about finding that perfect balance.

I have been "busy" lately. And I don't even really feel like "busy" is the right word. So I put it in quotes, because it's just a placeholder word. A word that's there because I don't even know what word to really put there.

Leeland is a VERY active child. He is a sweet sweet boy but he is NEVER still. He doesn't play with toys, he doesn't watch tv, he just crawls around to see what he can get into for a few minutes and then he moves on to something else. So my days are literally spent chasing him around, picking up what he just scattered, preventing him from hurting himself, consoling him when he inevitably does hurt himself, then looking and searching for something new to entertain him for a few minutes. That is my busy. No cleaning the house, very little running errands, no reading, watching tv, or relaxing. Just mothering. It. is. exhausting.

Then there are those precious nap times that are never quite long enough. And honestly, they bring me anxiety. Leeland goes down for a nap and I know that I have maybe one guaranteed hour to do something. Then I go through the list in my head: I'm tired and need to rest, but the kitchen is a disaster, you don't even want to know what the toilets look like, and my feet have been sticking to something on the kitchen floor for days. Then there's the grocery list that needs to be made because as soon as Leeland wakes up, we have to go to the store in that small window of opportunity that he'll be happy enough to endure sitting in a grocery store cart.

And then I stop. For just one moment. And I hear the voice of the Lord say to me, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." I let out a long sigh, my shoulders drop and the tension falls, and I sink into the arms of my Savior.

I need to find that balance. And I think the number one key is to dwell with my Lord. He's not just there when I stop long enough to acknowledge Him. He's with me every step of the way. Yet, I'm working so hard trying to do things on my own. Today, I will remember that He is with me. HE will bring the balance that I need. And that will make all the difference.