One Woman at a Time
Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.
Colossians 4:5 (HCSB)
I find that as my children grow older, I have more time. Most, are still at home but they are enjoying the privileges of youth.
Adjusting to available time is a process. I have been busy “doing” for so long that stillness feels uncomfortable. It is awkward for me to not be running from one thing to the next. And why wouldn’t it be? I have been raising children and guiding a family for 25 years; pouring my life into theirs.
For a while I continued the activities of my previous days; cleaning when the house was fairly clean, doing laundry when there was only a few garments, cooking when those teens wouldn’t even be home. I felt guilty for not being so hurried and I filled my days with “busy” work for the sake of having something to do. It was a time of adjustment and a response to the apprehension of “what now?”
I am learning that this season of time is a gift. It is the gift of Jesus that I am ready to receive.
Moments with God have turned into long stretches of time. Prayer has become more organized. Errands have become divine appointments with the world. And outreach has more margin.
There is still much to do in my home, but family meals are seasoned with a different kind of love; they’ve become more of a special occasion. Cleaning has become overrated and laundry? Well, they can just do their own.
Many of us have been driven by the required needs of raising a family. We’ve worked as hard, and fast, as we could because it was our love-response of the season. It was right and it was good.
If you have found that your pace has slowed, I urge you to give thanks and receive this season as a gift. Spend as much personal time with Jesus as you are able, give margin for the divine appointments God provides (see One Woman at a Time), and love your family with undivided attention.
How can you trade acts of “busy work” for time with Jesus?
Have you ever encouraged someone else to be still and rest in God? Why?
Jesus, I pray that you will help us receive time as a beautiful, immeasurable, gift. Help us to embrace the lull of You. Break the bondage of business and give us peace in pursuing our relationship with You.
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Strength to strength,