For a short, brief, however GLORIOUS time, I had a housekeeper.
I never ever in a million years thought I would hire someone for this, but my husband is the one who actually suggested it. (Apparently our house was beginning to look a hot mess and laundry and dust bunnies were taking over.)
Yes, I am a stay at home mom who also home-schools, runs a teenager back and forth to school for practices and takes care of my disabled husband. You would think with 24 hours in a day that somewhere in there, (aside from sleeping), I would find at least two hours to do some dishes or take the clothes out of the dryer after being in there for 3 days.
And notice I didn’t say anything about the clothes being FOLDED and PUT AWAY….I just said taking them out of the dryer!
SO..Our new housekeeper came every other week to scrub, dust, mop, vacuum , do the dishes and whatever else she saw needed to be done. She was a life saver to say the least. Being on a tight budget that luxury was short-lived, but not worrying about housework for those two months was A-MAZING.
Did I mention that she was a LIFESAVER??
I was able to briefly get organized again and get back on my daily schedule! Whoop whoop!
BUT, then there are still days I can make my to do list and get it DONE…other days I forget where my list even is.
Then there are the days where I get up early (for me!), get my daughter ready for school, come home, have my devotional time before workout class, grocery shop after workout class, come back home, wake my son up for homeschool, have 4 hours of school, wake my hubs up (if he’s feeling ok), get him situated in the bed or his chair, check some things off my list (cause I didn’t lose it), pick my daughter up from school and then (depending on what day of the week) proceed to any after school or evening activities we have.
And, some days, I just need a TIME OUT.
I will still get up early and take my sweet girl to school, but when I come home, I will spend extra time in my devotional and prayer journal.
Other times I will head straight to the couch, grab my fuzzy blanket, cover up and just LIE DOWN.
I may or may not go back to sleep for an hour. Just depends.
Other times I will just lay there and enjoy the peace and quiet and stillness before I know I need to wake my son up.
I NEED moments all to myself.
Ya’ll even my dog knows to be quiet.
We ALL need moments to ourselves…
In Mark 1:35 we find where Jesus himself got up very early and went to a solitary place to pray.
Luke 5:16 says “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
If Jesus found it to be so imperative to get alone, pray, and have quiet time, then why should we be any different?
When there is too many distractions, too many activities, too much ANYTHING, we can lose sight of the little things! We are missing out on SO MUCH because we don’t take a TIME OUT.
Listen to me when I tell you that it is OK to STOP, PAUSE, TAKE A DEEP BREATH and CHILL.
I am finally learning that for me, it is important to start my day with quiet time instead of ending it that way. It helps me get my thoughts in order, it helps me take a step back and appreciate just exactly how blessed I truly am. Yes, I have moments where I am so overwhelmed and would like to have a “time out” daily, but at the end of the day my heart is HAPPY because I know I am doing what the Lord wants me to do. I have a peace that passes all understanding. I am learning that it’s ok for the dishes to sit in the sink a little while longer because my daughter wants me to rehearse lines with her, or the dog decided to poop under my bed, or my son decided it was a good idea to try to nail his basketball goal to the wall. I am learning that my life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because I am fearfully and wonderfully made to be ME. I am learning that I have little eyes and ears watching and listening to me everyday, and what I say and do has an impact on them and they are watching how I react and respond to every little thing.
I want to encourage you to make an effort, and put your own self in “time out.” Maybe you need to curl up on the couch under a fuzzy blanket too, or go for a walk, or get a massage….Lock yourself in the bathroom for five minutes and watch funny videos to have a good laugh…whatever a time out looks like for you, DO IT.
You’re worth it!