"Time pressure and deadlines pull you in many directions, and the adrenaline rush of a busy life can be addicting. Your mind needs rest and renewal. Come and worship Me in a quiet place, and there you will find refreshment for your spirit, soul and body. Allow Me to show you a healthier pace for your life." -excerpt from The 30-Day Praise Challenge by Becky Harling
I've been slowly working through the book, The 30-Day Praise Challenge. (Twice as long as I should be.) Anyway, the above devotion really hit home with me. I just never thought about being addicted to BUSY. For moms, this is really hard. We have so much to do and so many responsibilities. Yet, how many things do I let crowd out "the most important thing". Guilty as charged.
I get to this time of year and I'm struggling with balancing celebration with grief. So many mixed emotions. I try to stay busy to keep from thinking too much. Then sickness hits the kids and I'm forced to be home for a few days. Away from the busy. When I take stock of the day's events, I'm left wondering what I actually accomplished.
I'm reminded that just like I can be addicted to chocolate, watching television, surfing the web; I can be addicted to the frantic pace of producing and accomplishment. Sometimes, we just need to take a long, slow breath and another and another. Breathing in the sweet goodness of the Lord and breathing out all the worries, stresses and need "to do."
Such a hard lesson, but such a needed one!
Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.