As I write this, the only sound I can hear is the air conditioner running…and it is pure PEACE! I am alone. Not shopping or doing anything special. Honestly, I have been sitting in the library planning homeschool for next year. I have had 2 hours of being with just me, getting excited about what I do best (teaching my kiddos), surrounded by a beautiful view of trees out the window and stained glass beside me (See the pretty picture above?). It is PURE JOY.
Sure I love my kids. I love my husband. Yes, this blog is about teaching your kids about Jesus. But I don’t think I can do as a good a job of being a mother if I don’t take a bit of quiet and get away. So today I was ALONE. I only get this opportunity once or twice a year. We don’t really have babysitters in the budget and the family is too far away. But if you can find that one time a year when you get 2 hours of quiet, TAKE it. You deserve it, Momma! Don’t feel guilty for leaving anyone behind. Even Jesus withdrew from others, even when he was in high demand, so that he could be alone and pray.
“But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” Luke 5:15-16
Ladies, if you are like me and you just can’t find the opportunity to get away (hardly ever!), please join me in prayer for each other. Be assured if you are reading this, I have prayed for you to find the time. Late at night can be difficult with kids popping out of bed wanting water or hugs. Early mornings we have to choose between that and exercising and taking care of ourselves. On the rare occasions that quiet time actually remains quiet, I know that I am torn between a nap and a few minutes to myself. In addition to those challenges, perhaps your husband works a strange schedule like mine, which makes it even more difficult to find time to get away and let him take over. But whatever you can do, 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, even if it’s in the middle of the night, we need to take it. For what comfort it is, also know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
What do you do to find time for yourself? Please comment below and give us some ideas!