Last night as we’re getting ready to leave for a baseball game (game 149 this summer… I feel like at least) I pull the burnt garlic bread out of the oven… and my son comes to the kitchen in his filthy uniform (white pants you guys - why in the world do baseball players wear white pants?) I say to him, “wow how can those be so dirty I sprayed them down with Oxi Clean last night”. And that was that… before leaving I went to snuggle in with him and the smell coming from his clothes was a bit overpowering… and I realized I bet I forgot to actually push start on the washing machine… the worst is that I moved the dirty & dry uniform from the washer to the dryer and proceeded to dry his dry & dirty uniform - Oh my word.
Anyone else with me? Running this way and that, trying their hardest not to use the word ‘busy’ but the background music of your mind is not music but a reel on repeat of what needs to be done next, who needs to go where, what you’re going to feed all of these people, what you need to remember, what work needs to be done, how you’re going to get a workout in, how you’re going to spend a bit of ‘quality’ time with your kiddos and the list goes on and on. It’s all good, we are blessed and I’m beyond thankful, but the struggle is real. Next week we are entering the slower season of summer - sports are wrapping up after this weekend and I intend to work on being intentional. There is something inside of me that feels off balance and I need to figure out how to get back in check.
As I’m typing this I’m brought back to my mission trip to Romania a couple years ago. I was sitting on the bus, visiting with a fellow missionary and we were talking about scripture that we cling to - mine was Corinthians 13:4-7 & hers was Ezekial 37:1-14 (the valley of dry bones) I remember thinking to myself, that is interesting. It wasn’t a chapter I really connected with at the time but right now it has stirred up in me. I believe the Lord is looking for me to pull in closer to him and sit in His peace, because in His presence my mind will be renewed. So that is my challenge for the week - if you have any favorite ways to get yourself back in balance I would love to hear!