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Spending my Sundays

Sunday ~ windows open, birds chirping and lawnmowers buzz in the distance.

3 weeks ago ~ snow; today ~ 70F.

Hubbs hurried around earlier as he readied for golf; I slept in, savored coffee and started a pot of soup.  He’ll be back later, wind burnt and sore, happy and tired.   We’ll visit over soup and smile at the day.

It really doesn’t matter what season it is, there’s something about Sundays that I love most.

It could be the quiet stillness of the house.

It could be the smell of supper lingering on the stove.

It could be meandering phone conversations with my sister or cousin or none at all.

It could be me starting a new book or reading 5 magazines or sitting on the floor sorting .shoes.

It could be towels tumbling in the dryer and fresh warm sheets on the bed.

It could be me that I spend my Sundays doing whatever I choose.

“Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.” Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

 

  • How do you “spend” free time?
    • Do you feel compelled to be productive and get things done?
  • Are you able to let the day lead you?
    • When’s the last time you had nothing to do and a whole day to do it?

 

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Need be still

Slowing down, accomplishing nothing.

On purpose.

Puttering in the kitchen to the snores of old dog.

Easy, meandering conversations.  Or none at all.

Quiet, simple, expansive moments of peace.

Would He want us to be “still” by being lazy through life’s trials and tribulations? Should we expect Him to swoop in and transport us to the mountain top?

I don’t think so. I think we have to walk with Him to get there.

And for me, walking comes by being still.

Being still comes easier on week-ends.

Being still doesn’t just mean times of quiet.

For me, it means being awake, feeling alive and staying open.

It means closing out the noise and opening up to faith.

snow on branches

Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Do you make time to let your needs be still?

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Categories: Faith, Family, Growth, Home, Joy, Life, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 27 Comments

On stillness

Exodus 14:14 - "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” image from pinterest.com

I’ve done it. I’ve stopped being a weekend warrior.

I’m no longer manic about accomplishing so much. Instead, I putz. And – to my surprise -I’ve gotten rather good at it.

Saturday mornings find me reading and lingering over coffee, instead of racing through a grocery store check-out line.   I take my time doing whatever – a load of laundry, sorting papers and sometimes – sometimes nothing at all. And when I get bored with the nothing, I bundle up for a walk with old dog.  I’ve quit listening to music every time; no more marching to the beat for me. Nope, I’m saying “no” to the mania.  Instead, I take in the quiet, the birds and his frequent sniffs and stops.   Nature restores me, the sunshine invigorates me and the exercise .. it delights me.

Sometimes, in the pace of day to day living, I feel a little bit like the pea in a shell game; the shells are moving and I get dizzy trying to keep up.

Mixing it up means a few of my chores get moved to another time in the week. It’s not like they’ll just do themselves: I don’t have a cook or housekeeper and most likely never will.  But what I’ve learned is this:  somewhere in these days, between the dizzy and the doing,  I’m making room for stillness. For down time.  For me time.

And I’m making room for Him, too.

How about you?  Do you make a conscious effort to be still?

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