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Five Minute Friday – Rest

5-minute-friday-11. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. (OK, I have to edit, I just do.) 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. Then visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

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REST…

chairSpring Break finally arrived. That stretch between Christmas and Spring Break can literally break a Mom. The homework, projects, performances, laundry, dinners, sports, etc. is enough to squeeze the rest out of anyone. Including me, apparently.

I did not have plans for the kids and I to go away. Never even crossed my mind. Most spring break vacations I work and had planned to do the same this year. Literally the week before break I felt like I was breaking… which meant I needed some rest. And not just rest alone, but rest as in fun with my children. We needed to reconnect and build family memories that no one can take away. Not even stress or school or life with all its craziness.

So after deciding on the hill country the plans began. The kids were excited and although I was too, I was in the middle of planning a birthday party for my oldest.

Once the party was over and we had attended two other birthday parties it was time to start packing and heading out. It hindsight it would seem that going out of town would not be restful, but just more work. It wasn’t. It was just what I needed it to be – a time away from the routine of life. A time to laugh and play with my children. Cell phone coverage was minimal and I couldn’t get online with my laptop. A blessing.

I looked at a starry sky and watched a sunset. I talked to the kids about God’s goodness and his creativity in nature as we explored caves, had fun on the water, and fished near the lake. True rest. Rest that says nothing else matters except for enjoying what God has given me.

When we returned I was content and refreshed.

Now… to get that laundry done.

 

Five Minute Friday – Ordinary

5-minute-friday-11. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. (OK, I have to edit, I just do.) 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. Then visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

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Ordinary…

The day began as any other. Alarm, shower, getting dressed, waking up the oldest, making a smoothie (yay me!), waking the younger two, starting the drop-off routine, and making the unfortunate long drive to work..

Then BAM! The ordinary was over. Over because God broke the ordinary with extraordinary. The extraordinary was the sunrise. Not just any sunrise but one made with more colors than usual and clouds that made a pattern only God could have created.

Gosh, I love that about God. He can take an ordinary day and turn it into something amazing. Love that he’s creative and appreciates beauty and detail.

My commute didn’t seem quite so long. That one change in focus changed my day.

Five Minute Friday – Wide

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

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Wide…

There’s a wideness to open places. Open places of beauty void of traffic noises and powerlines and homework and papers to sign and fundraisers to complete and emails and smartphones and FaceBook and messy houses and… sigh.

Something about being out in wide open places takes my heart back to a place of peace. The calm that comes is expected and yet surprising with each moment gift. A gift that is not taken for granted and is offered up as thanks to a Creator who paints beautiful pictures with each passing day.

Ironically, it is also there in the midst of all the noise and the daily routine of life but often my heart is not on the beauty but on the mundane. And it gets lost in the noise… the wideness. It’s lost. I’m lost.

In the wide open spaces, though, I see it clearly. I see love and passion and care and a deep longing for a relationship. Relationship with a people He created. A relationship I too often neglect as I go through life.

And so I visit a wide open place… and my heart is once again at peace. All seems right and well.

That is God’s love. Wide.