I must be taking this play thing a little too literally. Sorry, friends, I’ve been absent.
Life so often feels like a race. Mornings come too quickly. Before we have a moment to play, we’re out the door, shipping off to daycare and desks. Between planned to-do’s, spontaneous must-do-now’s and pop-out-of-nowhere deadlines, tasks munch away at time until it’s 5 p.m. and I’m wondering when I missed lunch. Then it’s daycare, home and uh oh, ‘what’s for supper?’ Eat. Play. Books. Bath. Bubbles. Jammies. Bottle. Bed. Rinse and repeat. By the end of the day, after a career of writing, writing for fun feels like the last priority.
There’s nothing to complain about here. Life is full, bursting with happy hearts and ‘when did I become such an adult at 24’ thoughts. It’s wonderful. It’s exhausting. And too often, I’m wondering how the time fritters away. Time is a sneaky thing, you know. Sneakier than a tired mom stealing some energy-boosting chocolate from the pantry, while guiltily thinking, ‘That bridesmaid dress is just four short months from its debut.’ (You know how the self-talk goes.)
The Simple Life
Too often, I crave simplicity. A life free of early alarms and stressful meetings, with a sunlight-flooded country kitchen and playdough-filled days. It’s a downsized, fat-free, refocused life, complete with a cozy nest and babes running barefoot through the mud. Abundant gardens and endless creativity and bubbling laughter fill every margin. It’s a life that lets love grow.
That’s the dream these days. Calm. Simple. Nothing too crazy. And yet, it’s unattainable in the here and now.
Or, is it?
The corporate/mommy lifestyle leaves little time for casual reading. One page a day is all I do. Lately, I’ve been carving time for Jesus Calling, and this snippet (January 29) struck me:
Let the goal of this day be to bring every thought captive to Me. Whenever your mind wanders, lasso those thoughts and bring them into My Presence. In My radiant Light, anxious thoughts shrink and shrivel away. Judgmental thoughts are unmasked as you bask in My unconditional Love. Confused ideas are untangled while you rest in the simplicity of My Peace. I will guard you and keep you in constant Peace, as you focus your mind on Me.
The simple life is attainable. It’s here. It’s now. At any moment of any day, we have the opportunity to set our eyes on Who truly matters. External factors don’t create peace. Peace starts with Him.
What do you find yourself daydreaming about? Wild adventures, simple thoughts or something else entirely?