Ahhhhhhhhh…finally they are in bed. Why does that moment feel so good? The kids are tucked in their beds. They are safe, sleeping peacefully, and it’s finally ‘me time’.
‘Me time’ means you can empty the dishwasher without anyone taking dishes out or dirtying more. You can go to the bathroom without little fingers poking under the door or screams of “Mama”. It means you can take a shower and actually stay clean for longer than 10 minutes. It means you can sit down and actually taste your food. It means you can do all the things that you wanted to do during the day without the demands of your kids. But it also means something more….
The other night as I noticed the peace and quiet after the kids’ bedtime, I did something a little different. I stopped.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
I thought of my three things to be thankful for, which is a practice I adopted after reading Ann Voskamp’s 1000 gifts. Then I thought of things I wish I had done differently or could have done better that day. After all, I always have room to grow.
It was like a mini self-assessment led by the Holy Spirit. I felt an assurance that brought peace more than any other type of “me time”. Being grateful and being honest with myself allowed me to know His grace. It allowed me to celebrate the sweetness of the day and gave me room to grow from the sour spots.
In the midst of the chaos of raising kids, I never want to lose my ability to taste the moments of life. I don’t want life to just be scarfed down quickly (much like many of my meals lately).
I want to savor, to stop, to enjoy, and to be still. For it is in the stillness that I truly experience His grace.
When my home is filled with rush and bustle, lift the inner me to an island of calm.
When my home is filled with noise and shrieking, lift the inner me to an island of calm.
When my home is filled with fighting and squabbling, lift the inner me to an island of calm.
Then, from my inner calm, give me the courage to take a little of heaven’s quiet grace back into my muddled old world.
From “A Child’s First Book of Prayers” by Lois Rock and Alison Jay
What do you like to do in your ‘me time’? How do you find stillness in the chaos?