One thing I’ve discovered is that when I’m too busy with too many things I turn to God for strength. He is faithful to provide it, but there is so much more of God that I’m missing out on. So much more of a relationship that only comes when I am still with Him. When I dig deep in His presence. I love this quote by Henri Nouwen:
“So we try to do more while our energies ebb away and we become like uprooted trees with our roots wildly groping for the sky. Thus we anxiously throw our arms toward heaven, praying for extra grace and special enabling, when instead we should be planted again in nourishing soil. That soil is not meant to make us do less, but to change our priorities so that we take time to be still. And in the stillness, find new strength and hope.”
When we say no to busy things, we say yes to the best thing—time with God. And when we have time with God, He is able to direct our priorities.
He will show us what is vital, what is important, and what can be cut. He will guide our answers to the numerous requests that come our way. He sees things with an eternal perspective and can help us do the same. Sure, we may get kudos from others when we work our tails off, but wouldn’t you rather get kudos from God?
During our current season, our family’s only weekly commitments are work, school, and Sunday church, and it’s a good feeling. The kids go to bed early, and John and I have time to connect. Since we are still in the “adjustment” time with the new kids we’ve adopted, everyone needs this time to adjust to being a family without the busyness of life getting in the way.
Wondering what’s up next for me? My book The One Year of Amish Peace releases soon. You can pre-order it here!