This can be a busy life, am I right? And a lot of the time, those things that make our life busy are all good things. Things we don’t necessarily want to cut out. Things we don’t necessarily want to say no to. Our marriage, our kids, our friends, serving opportunities, managing a household, cooking dinners, work… the list goes on. Being a stay-at-home mom, a small group leader at our church, and a young entrepreneur, I’ve got a lot of different balls to keep juggling in the air. And one of the ways I’m trying to balance these things better is by taking intentional time to rest. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, the key is to just focus on pushing your to-do list out of your head and actually take in what’s around you. Whether it be the scenery, or the people. Let yourself be in the moment and push the worries of tomorrow (or the worries of “later today”) away.
I’ve been reading a book by Max Lucado called “Traveling Light” that walks through Psalm 23. First of all, I highly recommend it. Second of all, this verse has been helping me to refocus and remember that even amidst the chaos, it’s possible to find moments of stillness.
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside the still waters,
He restores my soul.
Rest can look like so many things. It can take many forms. In this particular case, the moment I was trying to soak up was sitting on my front porch swing with both kids in bed, my husband at my side, a glass of wine in my hand, and a cool breeze blowing by. What’s your restful place?