In the wide open spaces, we have room to breathe and think. However, very rarely are there open places to do such things as breathe and think. Mostly, it can feel like there are vines growing all around us trying to swallow us up.
This is especially true if you are a mom in the summer. Those little vines come in the forms of cute, little chubby hands and six million questions and big, fat temper tantrums about socks feeling funny. And if you are a working mom? Forget about it. The vines are coming from all over.
It is hard to feel space, huh?
What’s girl to do? Go to the one Source that created the spacious places. If you are feeling claustrophobic from the life God is calling you live, you need to seek Him out and He will show you the little spaces in your day.
How do I do it?
- I read the Bible. The Psalms are chock full of David’s songs and poems about feeling the worries of the world closing in. And believe me, he had the worries of the world. Read 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel. One of my favorites is Psalm 18. Click here for a free printable- Spacious Place Printable.
- I create schedules in my day that have space in them. I help my children have times of space, too. We do not have to be together all the time. It is important for them to have “alone time”, too. This takes practice and positive reinforcement.
- I begin to look for little ways that God is working. The best idea is write it down, especially if you are truly feeling stuck. Usually, just writing it down for a couple of days sets me back on track to seeing that God is at work. Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, is hands-down the best book to set you on the right trajectory.
- If you begin to realize that the reason you feel stuck is because you are filled with worry, you are not alone. Last year, I wrote about how to walk myself back off the cliff. You can release the worry. You might have to do it daily, but it is the only way to create the space to hear the still, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit. Do you know that there are days that I have to do this hour by hour? It is okay. It simply means I am not my Savior.
Space to breathe and think, even in the bustle of summer, is possible. May you go after it, knowing that at the end is the God that loves you so much.