This summer we’ve been taking more walks. There’s an absolutely gorgeous landscape right in our backyard that we’ve never taken full advantage of — until now. Whenever I’m out in nature with my family or alone reading Scripture or a good book or taking a picture of a rainbow, without the draw of my phone or the internet, I can fully breathe. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, simply being out in the yard makes me feel the very same: alive.
When I’m outside, I forget what I look like, my worries, and what I might be chasing after (even unintentionally.) Each and every time, I walk inside a little more alive. It’s almost as if the Spirit is stirred and I can feel it. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve quieted myself enough to notice His presence.
Sometimes I can’t breathe when I’m perpetually surrounded. I love, love, love my children. But I am with, with, with them all the time. I am my own person, and I need space. Even me, the extrovert. So when a chance comes to get away alone, no matter how seldom or for how long, I take it.
Maybe it’s not being out in nature or times of solitude like me that makes you come back to life. Perhaps your thing is something else entirely.
What is it that helps you release tension and feel more fully yourself as you mother? What is it for you?
If you already know, I hope you’re making time for it.
If you haven’t quite figured it out, take a few minutes to think and pray. When am I at my best, not feeling pulled by the demands of the world or even my own family?
Once you know, do a little more of it. And then a little more. The people you love the most will benefit as well.