Thursday, August 15, 2013

Quiet Time (The calm before the storm)

It is so good to find quiet time to refocus our thoughts and quiet our minds. Jesus often is found going off to a solitary place to pray. (Mark 1:35-37 & Matthew 14:2-23).  Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:6 to go into our room alone and close the door and pray to our Father in Heaven.

I have one child who is 2 yrs old and babysit for friends and family on occasion. So I find I need that quiet time.
It's a little dark, but that's my daughter sound
asleep with her turtle, Spot.

Today I have my own child and my niece. Right now they are both taking a nap and sleeping peacefully.
Soon they will awake and the quiet will disappear! :-)

I enjoy using that time while they nap as my quiet time - usually. Sometimes I find myself doing laundry, dishes or other household work. But when it's quiet time - I either do devotions and pray, pay the bills online, or facebook or blog. It's nice to have a good 1 hr break or so to regather my thoughts and gain strength to finish the day.... raising children is a demanding, yet rewarding task, that takes all of me- 100% of my energy, brain power and strength. By taking that quiet time to think and pray, even if I am multitasking, I find that I have 'put on my own oxygen mask' so that I can take care of those who need me to take care of them.  (In an airplane they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask so that you can help others put on theirs.)

I would love to hear what others enjoy doing.  What do YOU do when or if your child takes a nap or has a quiet time in their room?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013