These days have been a little blurry but beautiful. I recently became a mommy of two– life has changed for me. I have a precious daughter who is a year and a half and a charming son who is almost three weeks old. To give you a bit of insight my days are full of emotional break downs wherever I turn. If it’s not my daughter wanting to be held, then its my son wanting to be fed. And if its not their emotions getting the best of them, then its mine getting the best of me.
Talk about lifestyle changes!
Tonight I just wanted to focus on ‘self.’ My days and nights are constantly cut short, my little ones crave attention and my husband deserves it. Though I love spending time with them I’ve realized that at times I just need moments to myself. Moments to daydream, to journal, to sing, to rest, to pray, to read, to break out of this life routine. But having that luxury may require a little less sleep.
There is a scripture in the Bible that talks about Jesus sending the crowds away and going up to a mountain by Himself to pray [Matthew 14:23]. On nights like these I am reminded of the importance in spending time alone. Solitude makes room for reflection, realization, and restoration. I have found that if I take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to myself my attitude instantly changes. There is something about being alone[with God] that recharges me.
I wonder how Jesus felt after days of ministering to people. Teaching for hours and tending to the needs of individuals nonstop. Plus trying to dodge the Pharisee that continually challenged His teachings and threatened His life. I know this sounds insane but Jesus ministry totally reflects the #momlife. Minus the threatening of the Pharisee part. Children are incredibly needy and they require round the clock care. Majority of the time I forget to brush my teeth and eat. My survival is dependent on coffee and Jesus.
I have found that my strength comes in moments like these. Though I am up past my bed time and I may not sleep tonight. I needed this–this moment. This solitude. This quiet time with God. To clear my mind of everything that happened today and reboot for tomorrow’s adventure.
Whatever your ‘great escape’ is, take it. Go there often and make sure to invite God. He will help declutter the overwhelming infestation of senseless thoughts. Rebooting you to the very best you there is. I guarantee it. For Jesus, it was going up to the mountain. For me its writing and reading, for you it can be drinking a hot cup of coffee or listening to instrumental music.Whatever it is, get there.
Matthew 14:23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.