As I begin to grow older there is one thing that the Lord is constantly putting on my heart.
And that is to really slow down and throw my whole self into raising this large, beautiful family of mine.
As a young single woman, I traveled, had fun, chased after dreams and thought I had lived it up but in the end there was still something missing--the fun brought an emptiness that I could not explain, and all that remained in my wild heart was that I truly wanted to settle down and have a family.
And as I got married, found the Lord, and had that family I sometimes felt I was in a rush. A rush to do this and that, to be in a hurry because everyone else was, a rush to be.
And then we got so busy doing. Doing, doing, doing. Not so much outdoor activities, but did you know that you can busy even around the home that you forget the important things? Doing can be good and is often needed but we have to be careful not to push aside the important things.
But now that I am older, all I really want to do is slow down. Take life slow and easy and really experience hands on this journey of life. To kiss a cheek, to wipe a face, to hug a heart and encourage it. To stay home and to build the walls here and make the foundation firm.
(A gift given to me by oldest daughter, Janai-- photo taken by my second daughter, Naomi)
There is so much a mom can do when her heart is in the task. When she is not rushed for time, when her heart is rooted in her home. She can slow down time, it doesn't have to escape her but she needs to be able to muster up the strength and courage to protect it and be wise enough to enjoy it.
In our home lately, we have been spending much time around the table..
slowly stirring cream into the coffee,
and hearts sharing with one another.
Playing, reading, talking, exploring...
I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Don't let the worries of today rob you of slowing down.
Return back to your homes.
Soon the tender years of your children will be behind you, make sure you have no regrets.
Don't miss the gift in front of you.
(My little son, Christian)