After realizing that I need to create MUCH more margin in my life, I've been making more effort to just stop. Stop in the middle of addressing Christmas cards, and get down on the floor with Nicholas. Stop during the flurry of cleaning/writing/showering that usually takes place during Nicholas' afternoon nap, and spend time with the Lord. Stop the mad dash to complete every single undone task once Nicholas goes to bed at night, and give my undivided attention to my husband.
We only get this one life, ya know? We only get one chance to live today and to cherish the people God has given us. And there is so much grace - but I want to make sure that I am always ready to be "interrupted." Aren't my relationships with the Lord, my family, and my friends so much more important than my to-do list? Than getting in a shower every day? Than how many people follow this silly little blog?
This is a continuos struggle for me, one that I have barely begun to master.
But these are the reasons why stopping is so important:
Lord, give me the perspective that I need to slow down, love my people well, and grow closer to your heart.