When my kids were little, finding a quiet place was next to impossible. I only have two children, but it felt like a hundred little people pressed up close asking for things 24/7. I’d take refuge behind a closed bathroom door for a few minutes before someone would start knocking.
But you know what? Seventeen years later that quiet place is still hard to get to. Now I juggle high school at home and non-profit service with any chance I get to write.
On Monday I wrote about Jesus’ invitation in Mark 6:31:
Half the time I’m too busy living to a relentless rhythm of exhaustion to even listen, much less accept His invitation. Life is loud. Many voices and demand cry out.
But to find rest that renews, we have to get to a quiet place.
Why is it so hard for us to get to there?
- Jesus’ invitation goes against our culture of productivity, which calls us to pack as much as possible into each day. But even the savviest productivity expert recommends time out to refuel!
- We feel twinges of guilt when we take a break from our families. We’re supposed to love them, right? But we all know we’re better wives and mothers when we take time out to refresh ourselves.
My quiet place has to be easy to get to, or I’ll never make it there. One of my readers commented on Monday that she eats her lunch alone most days in a beautiful, shady spot near her office. I love this idea because it fits into her life easily.
Here are 10 Ways to Find Rest That Renews.
1. Spend 20 minutes in the morning with God’s Word. It renews your perspective on life like nothing else.
2. Leave room for margin. Resist the urge to overschedule your day, packing it with activities back to back. You’ll end up running late and running stressed. Leave open spots for spontaneity, fun, and relaxing.
3. Create a quiet space in your home where you can go for a ten minute break. Maybe an armchair with a small table next to a window. Make it pretty by adding a decorative object you love. Keep a few books or a Bible on hand. Make it a place that communicates “quiet” to your brain when you sit down.
4. Take 15 minutes to do nothing. Breathe deep.
5. Hire a babysitter a few hours a week to take a break.
6. Go to the park and push your baby’s stroller. Sit down a few minutes with a journal while your kids play.
7. Take time each day to read something you enjoy.
8. Put the kids to bed early and sit on the couch.
9. Fall into bed early yourself.
10. Go on a date for fun or quiet conversation with your husband.
Do you have a quiet place in your life? If not, what could you do to get more space for refueling and renewing? I’m all for hearing new ideas.