Hello, friends! I hope you had a wonderful August and that as summer closed that you enjoyed many blessings with your family.
More experienced mothers warned me that this day would eventually come.
While I was up to my arms in drool and bottles and diapers they said, “One day, you will miss this.”
And while I don’t exactly miss drool, bottles and diapers, the house is a bit too quiet today, even for me the introvert who relishes silence.
Change is never easy, even when you know it’s coming. Kedron said to me this morning, “Enjoy your quiet. You’ll get into a new routine soon.”
So while I sit here in the quiet, praying over what my new routine should look like, I had a few thoughts to share with you.
1. Take every thought captive
I was chatting with a a dear friend recently who is going through major life changes right now. She said to me, “I have to control my thoughts, or things get really bad and I can’t stop worrying.”
I struggle with worry too. The “what-if” syndrome can grow into an uncontrollable monster. Just recently while obsessing over a situation I realized, I don’t have to think about this. At all. It was freeing.
Paul urged us in 2 Corinthians 10:5b to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Captivity is an act of war. And our thoughts are part of a battle plan against us. In the previous few verses, Paul said that we live in the world, but we don’t wage war as the world does; our weapons are not the same. See Ephesians 6:10-18 where Paul instructs us to put on God’s armor, which includes: the belt of truth, the shield of faith, and the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word).
When taking every thought captive, saturate your mind with God’s Word.
2. Take care of yourself
What re-creates you? Find an activity that makes you take a deep breath and say, “Yes, now this is where I belong.” Maybe it’s digging in the dirt planting some fall landscaping. Maybe it’s cutting up some paper and making a card or stringing beads onto wire or stitching fabric or painting or writing or baking. I find when I’m making something with my hands I’m re-creating my insides as well. We are made in God’s image, and He is a Creator. So it makes sense that we feel a sense of fulfillment and purpose when we create.
When taking care of yourself, create something with your hands.
3. Take care of someone else
A wise high school teacher once told me that when I was feeling discouraged to go help someone else. “Write a note of encouragement,” she said. “Find someone else who is having a tough time and reach out to them.” She urged me that helping others would help me get my eyes off myself and also lift my own spirits.
In Acts 20:35b Paul reminds us that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” The word blessed also means happy. When you’re struggling to find a new rhythm to your life and you feel like you’re nearly drowning in a sea of changes, think of 2 or 3 people that you can reach out to. Write a note of encouragement and stick it in the mail. Call someone up and invite her to coffee just to see how she’s doing.
Take care of yourself by taking care of someone else who is struggling right now.
Ok, time to take a deep breath, and get on with this new day. How do you handle life changes? What helps you get into a new routine?