A few weeks ago I went to an all day Women's Retreat. As we reached the end of one of the sessions, the speaker gave us about 10 minutes to simply be silent in our seats, pray and reflect on what God was speaking to us. Well, when I'm quiet and I finally slow down, it doesn't take long for God to start getting through to me and during this particular time of listening, He put a few key words on my heart: Clarify, Simplify, Play, Pray, Rest and Write.
Oh yes, I need to need to work on those things but, life gets so busy and I get so caught up in the day to day grind that I forget to slow down and remember to act on what I've heard. The last few days have been especially draining as a mom. I hate to even say that because being a mommy is a wonderful thing but, I've got to be honest and say that sometimes, it totally wipes me out. My husband works A LOT and honestly, I parent solo more than any other mom I know. He doesn't work this much by choice so, there's not a lot we can do about it right now. I know we have so much to be thankful for so, I don't even want to complain but the truth is, when your husband works 70 hours in ONE week, it's exhausting for everyone.
A big part of me wants to cancel any commitment that I have right now. To completely clear my calendar and just stay at home and enjoy my kids. I know that won't truly make me happy though and I'm glad that I have activities, plans, hobbies and even a fun vacation planned.
My kids are little but, they're getting older quickly. It's time to slow down, manage my time wisely, say "yes" to them more, and play. So what about you, do you have really young children and can you relate? How do you slow down, let a few things go and play more?