Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Alone in a coffee shop....

How Art Thou

I am so proud of myself.  I am sitting alone in a coffee shop as I write this.  When I came back into the living room after putting Ty down for his morning nap, I noticed Jason was settling in for his morning nap, too.  He doesn’t have to go into work until this afternoon and works until after midnight, so for him a nap is a great idea.  I looked around at all the little things that could be done and realized nothing had to be done right this minute.  (The best husband in the world had already done the dishes.)  This is usually when discouragement gets me.  All the have to’s are finished and I’m left deciding where I’m going to put all the toys, shoes, too big, too small baby clothes and other random stuff.  Finding a place for everything can be so frustrating in our small space.  Especially since I’m not very good at organizing and Jason thinks shoes left out are better because they are easier to put on.  But, for the first time, I didn’t let it steal my day.  I looked at my sleeping men and the sunshine outside and decided to make an escape.  
So here I sit.  Jason finally had two days off and we spent some time together as a family.  I am so thankful that rest is multiplied.  He was exhausted from weeks of working with no break, but only a few days of rest can restore so quickly.   Such a gift from our Creator, the ability to quickly recharge.  I’m realizing that rest isn’t passive and it isn’t sleep.  You really have to look for it.  When you find an opportunity to be refreshed today, let your soul swim around in it.    
          (P.S.  I’m also proud of myself for not making a “shopping escape.”) 


  1. What wise words, Abbie...Rest isn't passive and it isn't sleep. You really have to look for it. :) So true! And I love how you said that when we find a chance to be refreshed, we need to let our soul swim around in it.

    Makes me think about Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts. Here is a passage I love..."Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this, this is the only way to slow time: When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here. I can slow the torrent by being all here. I only live the full life when I live fully in the moment. And when I’m always looking for the next glimpse of glory, I slow and enter. And time slows. Weigh down this moment in time with attention full, and the whole of time’s river slows, slows, slows."

    :) I didn't type all of that out...had it highlighted in my Kindle app on my computer. Anyways! It goes with what you said. We need to pause and swim around in those moments of refreshing. :) So glad you got some time like that to swim around in today.

    Blessings to you!
    K :)

    1. Wow Thank you!!!! I got to see Ann Voskamp at ECBC a few weeks ago. I haven't gotten to her book yet, but it's in the stack waiting.
      PS That's pretty cool you can cut and paste like that!

    2. :) I haven't finished it yet, but what I have read is highlighted like crazy. :) It isn't a quick read (she writes very poetically) but it is an encouraging read. I am sure she was a blessing to see in person!