“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
We are busy, as moms. We are constantly working, serving, organizing, planning, and thinking. But sometimes we need to slow down and let the busy world keep going and sometimes we need to hit pause. This exercise is hard to do. When you do slow down or pause, you may be tempted to think that you are being lazy or not productive. However, sometimes your life needs to hit the pause button.
When you hit pause, what does that look like for you as a mom? Sometimes you need to hit pause and just sit quietly before the Lord. Walk outside your door and observe something in nature that you take for granted and never even notice, like ants building their home. Other days when you hit pause, you could sit down with your children when they come home from school and just listen to what they have to say about their day. At night when your children are going to bed, climb into bed with them and ask them how their day was and listen. Don’t interrupt them, don’t try and make a teaching moment out of what they are telling you, but just listen. Other times you may need to hit pause and sit and listen to your husband, just the two of you— take a walk around the block and hold hands.
It’s crazy that these simple exercises almost seem bizarre to us, almost child-like. But, hitting the pause button in life can be very challenging and life giving. Try it today. Just pause one time and see what happens. You just might be surprised by the result.
Father, Give me courage today to pause. In the midst of the silence and awkwardness, meet me where I am and show me something that is uniquely YOU. Whether you reveal to me where my child’s heart is, or the beauty in nature, or just that I need to sit down- whatever it is Lord, meet me when I am quiet and still.