The Power of Stillness in the Chaos
I decided to play around with this idea to see if the world keeps spinning. I assumed it wouldn’t, but risked it anyway… In March, while I was on spring break from teaching and home with only my three-year-old, I decided to pause numerous times throughout the day to “be still.”
- While walking to the zoo with my youngest, gentle spring snow was falling. I saw the beauty in my youngest reaching out his hand to grab the thick, warm snowflakes
- When I compared myself to someone else and fell short, I stilled my mind. I had to do this several times before I found peace in my heart before God reminded me He created me different than others ON PURPOSE. Comparison is a beast.
- When I looked out the window, I inhaled deeply and stilled my racing mind. I noticed how pretty the trees were swaying in rhythmic motions to the caressing wind. Why do I not notice how lovely God’s beautiful creation of earth more?
- As I read a book to my oldest, he leaned his head against me, and I felt blessed. How many more years do I have left of him resting his head on my shoulder?
- One son had a hard day. We talked as I tucked him into bed and I noticed how cute he was snuggled deep under his covers, looking up at me with his big blue eyes and freckles that skipped across his nose. I stilled my mind and I felt the love in that moment, even amongst the challenges of parenting.
- When I was nervous about something, I mentally stood before the Lord. I felt His presence as He calmed my heart.
- When I was having an over-the-top stressful week, I paused in a state of survival to catch my breath. Goodness was reflected in my husband’s actions. Without me asking after work, he jumped right into helping me.
- When my youngest needed me in the middle of the night, I lay on the floor next to his toddler bed, wide awake. I prayed about something bothering me. I felt Jesus speak to my heart, not really with a solution, but with the kind of peace that His presence brings.
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Some days scream by and I hardly have time to eat my meal, and other days seem to more naturally beckon me to be still. But either way, it doesn’t matter – there are no rules to this. I just know, when I still my mind, I’m more fully present. It’s as if the shades are taken off my eyes and I can see all the goodness around me. (Until my toddler spills his milk plunging me back into reality.)
But, between those chaotic moments – there is so much beauty – sometimes, we just need to be still and see it.
- Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.
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