Be Still My Heart

IMG_1943 My front porch where I sit quietly with my family each night to watch the sunset and to drink in a moment of peace, the fresh outdoors and a moment to be still.

“As mothers and fathers, it is so easy to get distracted by the details of our lives. We have so much to do! We must feed our children well and take care of their health. We must oversee their education and their training to make sure they will be able to take care of themselves and live in a civilized society. We train them in righteousness so they may understand how God wants them to live. We try to relate to them in mature ways and help them learn to have healthy relationships."

But with this busyness of life, it is possible to miss the sacred gift of enjoying each moment, each day, each precious person who enters the walls of our home and to be mindful that this day will never come again in the just the same way. ”

-The Ministry of Motherhood

Sword of the Spirit:

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

Live it out today:

It is a great responsibility to be a mother, a cultivator of beauty and nurturer of souls.

If you are finding yourself overwhelmed in your journey as a mom or as a homeschooler today, consumed by anxiety, daunting tasks, and a serious lack of sleep, I invite you to take a deep breath at this moment.

Relax, even for just a minute, and remember that while you may feel alone,

God sees all of the work you do (the late nights, early morning, many meals, one more basket of laundry, the lit candles and lovely flowers, one more rocking chair song to soothe a little heart-- that no one else noticed).

Don’t put unrealistic pressures on yourself, on your homeschooling agenda, or on your parenting, that God never asked you to do.

Perhaps the most loving and healthy thing you can do for yourself and your children is to be still for a moment today and have a quiet time--to watch a sunset, to giggle together at the antics of cherished dog, to read a passage of a rousing adventure, to listen to music and just be together.

How can you prioritize your quiet time today and squeeze it into your busy schedule?