I’ll be the first to admit that I place a high priority on having a busy schedule. My mind is constantly running through a to-do list that never ends. I used to buy into the lie that a packed schedule is a good thing and the more you accomplish you will truly be happier. Time and time again, God has moved in my heart, urging me to slow down. Finding a quiet place of stillness is now something that I place high priority on in my day to day life.
Slowing down doesn’t come easy for me. I used to pour all my energy into whatever is at hand. As a result, God, my husband, family, and friends would just get whatever was left over. I’ve come such a long way, but still have progress to make.
My favorite moments come in the morning. No matter how late I overslept for work or what I have on my “must-do” list, I find a moment of true happiness when I spend time with God. I bring Him my hurts, worries, fears, and also thank Him for abundantly blessing me in this life. I will read a devotional (mine is currently Savor by Shauna Niequist– a must read!) or simply spend time reading my Bible or writing.
Writing is like a therapy for me. I love turning to a fresh page, pen in hand and the sweet aroma of coffee brewing filling the air. This brings me to the place where I write whatever God puts on my heart for the day. Some of those pages will make their way into my Tuesday talks, and others may not.
Being still doesn’t come easily, but I’ve come to love the quiet places. I now look forward to my morning routine, and even find myself craving to find stillness throughout my day. Life is so much fuller when you depend less on filling your schedule to the brim, and more on what truly fills your soul.