It’s Saturday morning and I am typing this from my phone. Some weekends I try to leave my computer off for focused time with family. It is a FOR me kind of choice. Of course, I can think of ten things off the top of my head that need to be followed through on or completed on my computer. But I am only one.
I think, as a mom, we must be vigilant to guard our main calling. For the world is knocking continually at our doors to get our attention. And if we continue to give them first place, we will find our family slipping away. I’d rather be poor. I’d rather be rejected. I’d rather lose my good name and reputation….than to ever let that happen. My family is my most important calling.
Another aspect of who we are is a friend. Often we give out bites of love, affection and friendship, but never a whole nourishing meal of time spent together, praying together, sharing, laughing, crying and just being present with our friends. This takes time. It takes intention. It ultimately takes choice. Do our friends still love us for the bites of time and attention given. Well, of course they do! But when it is all said and done, I’d rather give the best of myself and not the rest. This is an area of margin which I am still working to achieve. Yet, I shall continue to look for opportunities to make time and margin for friendship.
Then there is silence. We need it. We need time. Alone with our thoughts time. Do we always enjoy those thoughts? Well no, often they are places we’d rather not go. But the dialogue keeps playing. And it will not be kept down. We must take time to bring our thoughts to light with God. He will help us sift through each one.
I remember Beth Moore teaching about this. She said to let God’s Word record over such thoughts that trouble us. Once we say, for instance, I let my friend down. I feel bad about that. We might write over that thought this way: Lord, forgive me for how I let my friend down. Help me to love them like you. Show me how to/ if I need to make amends with my friend. Your Word says a friend loves at all times. I thank You for that, Lord. Amen
Finally in that marginal silence, we may also bring to the Lord those things that we must be silent about…those prayer requests and life events that have no place in daily conversation. These are things entrusted to us for one purpose–to pray and lay it all at Jesus’ feet.
Why do we bear the stress and strain alone? We are entrusted for action–intentionally choosing and faithfully stewarding life and life events in such a way that we can live freely and lightly–faithfully and joyfully choosing to enter in to the life God called us to. Let’s do the thing!
Please overlook errors, friends. My phone keyboard is not always my friend. 🙂
Seek Jesus with me, OK?