There was a phase when I’d glance enviously at my husband as he’d commute in solitude, wondering if I’d ever get a taste of such tranquility. As a stay-at-home mom to a little one, serenity seemed a luxury. Fast forward a few years, as a homeschooling mom, part-time worker, and a pastor’s wife, my dance card was still full. Maybe you’ve felt this too?
We often equate ‘me-time’ with hours of leisure. But what if we could find peace in those transient moments? These tiny snippets of time might not seem a lot, but they’re gold mines of blessings waiting to be unlocked!
Celebrate The Little Things
During a bustling week, you might not stumble upon vast stretches of leisure. However, chances are, you have moments – a 5-minute waiting period, or a 10-minute break. Instead of the automatic pull to social media, consider these five spirit-nourishing alternatives:
- Dive into the Word: A Psalm during a coffee break, or an audio chapter during a drive – there’s always a good time for Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16).
- Lift Up in Prayer: Utilize your shower time or a stroll to offer prayers for your loved ones. Transform mundane moments into purposeful pauses (Eph. 6:18).
- Nourish the Mind: Keep an uplifting book on hand or listen to a podcast that nurtures your soul and reinforces truth.
- Connect Heart-to-Heart: A brief text, filled with love and Scripture, can make someone’s day. Let’s aim to “stir up one another to love and good works” (Heb. 10:24).
- Recharge in Peace: Just pause. Remember, in the stillness, God is there (Ps. 16:8).
Merging Desires with Duties
For tasks that need more than mere minutes, weave your heart’s yearnings into your duties. Once, my spiritual nourishment came from extended, solitary sessions with the Word. With children, those moments became rare. So, I integrated my spiritual thirst into our family routines – hymns at breakfast, and Bible readings over lunch. It’s about aligning purpose with responsibility.
Friendships too can flourish in such weaving. Instead of elusive one-on-one coffee dates, I’ve come to cherish playdates, where bonds are built amidst joyful chaos.
Every Moment, God’s Canvas
The initial pangs of jealousy towards my husband weren’t about him. They were my misplaced understanding of time. Society might urge us to claim our time, but as believers, our time is a divine gift, each moment painted with purpose.
Embrace the belief that every second, however fleeting, is a blessing, an opportunity (Eph. 2:10). With a sprinkling of intent and a dash of planning, these fleeting moments can be the golden threads weaving a life rich in joy and purpose.