Sally writes about making time for God, herself, beauty, and friends in this chapter. I’ll be honest: this chapter gives me hope when I read it because everything Sally says sounds so good and so true for me, a true introvert. However, I’m living where the rubber meets the road right now, which means that I have a three month old who yes (cue the angelic choir), sleeps through the night frequently, but who often doesn’t go to sleep until around midnight. My older children have relatively late bedtimes due to the nature of our active lives (and the fact that they don’t get up at the crack of dawn most mornings). We still have quiet time each afternoon, but it’s a rare occasion that the DLM’s quiet time coincides with Benny’s naptime. What all that means is that true quiet time (without a child vying for my attention in one way or another) for me is almost nonexistent right now. We’re working to change that: Steady Eddie realizes how necessary it is for mama’s spiritual and emotional life to have oases of quiet in her week, but with his work schedule and graduate school requirements, well, you get the picture. Yes, this, too, is a season, and it will pass. I’m just living in the desert right now.
The biggest dearth in my life is brought about by my lack of quality time with God. I’ve tried various things through the years as far as a devotional life go, but to me nothing beats having about an hour to spend reading my Bible, praying, and journaling about what I’ve read or thought. About the best I can do now is read in snatches of time while I’m nursing Benny, sometimes even just resorting to listening to an audio version of the Bible. I also read the Bible with my children most mornings, and lately I’ve been reading the same chapter over and over again. This really does seem to help the chapter “sink in” better. Still, though, none of this can take the place of true quiet time, and due to Benny’s late-to-bed sleeping schedule, I find getting up before him almost impossible.
Creativity is very important to me–probably on par with Sally’s need for beauty in her life. Scrapbooking fell by the wayside for me after the DLM was born. I managed to return to this avenue of creativity for about six months before I was pregnant with Benny, but since then I’ve just not been able to build weekly time for it in my schedule. I’ve sort of combined my need for quality spiritual time and my need for creativity with my venture into scripture art journaling, but this, too, is something I have to make time for. Much of what I’ve done to date I did while riding in the van with Steady Eddie and Benny on the way home from a business trip. It’s hard to try out a bunch of new and messy techniques, though, in the van. 😉
What do you do to build quiet into your weeks? How do you feed your soul when your life is extremely busy?
I am blogging through Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson this summer for my second annual Homeschooling Mothers’ Bookclub. You can read more about it here. Won’t you consider joining us? Here’s the link-up schedule:
- Monday, July 8–Spring, chapters 1-3
- Monday, July 22–Summer, chapter 4-6
- Monday, August 5–Fall, chapters 7-9
- Monday, August 19–Winter, chapters 10-12
- Monday, August 26–final thoughts (Notice this is one week after the last post, not two.)