This summer has been excellent, especially in the amount of relaxation I felt like I got.
On vacation I walked the beach that looked like this:
Besides relaxing, I wanted to be fully present, savoring each moment and having fun with my kids. I chose to say, “Yes,” as much as possible.
At my parents’ home last week I did devotions here:
And my view from that chair was this:
I don’t want that feeling of peace to go away just because school is starting with all its schedule and appointments and I’m not on the beach or on retreat.
I want peaceful moments.
(When writing my title, “Peaceful Moments” I hit a button and it jumped out before I typed it fully and it said “Peaceful Mom,” so I kept it. Seemed right really.)
My mindset needs a do-over, a reset every day. I’m calling it Manna Living. Being sustained one day at a time. Asking for the strength I need for today, and asking again tomorrow.
A friend of mine and I are kindred especially in our draw to “do” instead of “be.” My character is all about accomplishing. But crossing off a list isn’t fun or enjoyable for me. It’s more like lifting a weight off my shoulders. Like this thing is hanging over me until it is finished.
So, fewer lists and more living off the cuff for me. Fewer to dos and more, “What’s next?” Fewer, “Maybe, after I,” and more, “Sounds fun!”
That’s my plan for peace. How about you? What is one way you live out the principle of manna or a way you reset for peace?