“You should go to bed early tonight and get some extra rest.”
“Let me get you a warm cup of coffee, a book and you sit down and take a break.”
No one ever says these things to you do they? And so – I’m guessing you rarely do this. You rarely surrender to your weariness. I know this because you are just like me. I mistakenly believe that I can go and go and go like the Energizer bunny without consequence.
Electricity has created an artificial day during our nights. And so rather than resting like the rest of nature does – we try to defy nature and keep going as if it is morning time. We live in a world that runs 24/7. Computers, televisions, cell phones, ipods, restaurants, grocery stores and more are at our access 24/7. We live in a hyperactive culture and then we wonder why some of our children are so well…hyperactive?!
Let me say that again because this must sink in if we are going to embrace the peace Jesus wants to give us. It is in our slow moments that we can see clearly.
When we are on the go go go – we can’t see the person who is hurting and needs a hug. We can’t see our husband who needs our tender affection. We don’t have time to just linger on the bedside of our children to listen. We don’t write encouraging notes to a friend who is hurting. We can’t enjoy a sunrise, a surprise game of hide-n-seek, a spontaneously song of praise and we certainly can not hear God clearly.
Here’s this week’s challenge: Take out your calendar and SCHEDULE a night where you will take a warm refreshing bubble bath. Bring your Bible. Read the story of the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1, 2 and Luke 1,2.
1. Privacy – all children asleep and the husband aware that you don’t want to be interrupted
2. Hot water and loads of Bubbles – preferably ones that smell yummy!
3. Some soft classical music
4. A hand towel rolled up as a pillow
5. A cold drink to set beside the tub
6. Your Bible and if you are afraid you’ll get it wet – exchange it for a good Christian book or simply quietness – reflecting on your day and talking with God in prayer.
Optional: a lit candle
Now sit back, RELAX, be alone with just you and God – 25 minutes and VOILA – you emerge a new woman.
Do not wait until the house is clean, the laundry is folded, and your presents are all wrapped. It will never be all done! Give yourself permission in the midst of your busyness to have a moment of peace – Peace on Earth.
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