"Time is a relentless river. It rages on, a respecter of no one. And this, this is the only way to slow time; When I fully enter time's swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention. I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here." ~Ann Voskamp 1000 Gifts
This is a tough one for me. Entering the moment with my full attention, not being distracted by the many things jockeying for position in my thoughts. The laundry, the dishes, the grocery shopping, the scheduling, the chauffeuring, the weight of things undone and longed for.
I'd like to say that I've been working on it, but the reality is that God's been working on it. Which really means I'm being sanded down and refined, and the sawdust is sometimes stifling and painful. I blew it a lot last week, but I'm learning, and it's good. "Entering the moment" for me this week has meant leaving the distractions behind. Not taking a book to read while the kids splash in the bath. Not checking email on my phone while we're at the park. Sitting and simply thinking, instead of listening to something constantly. There is always so MUCH I could be doing, that entering the moment with my full attention takes much more deliberate intention than I expected.
71. Sunshine in my bathroom window falling on orchids he chose for me
72. The healing hug after the ugly cry
73. Watching the boy play catch with his first friend on his first team on his first day
74. Little jokes from a three-year-old while we drive
75. The belly giggles from running toddlers, chased by Daddy who is finally home
76. The 9-year-old saying "What can I help you with, Mom?"
77. Sitting at a quiet table with my thoughts while my children are well tended
78. An unexpected message from an unexpected friend that brings unexpected and wholly welcome encouragement, a reminder that even when I do not see God's hand moving He is positioning His people to stand in the gap and fight for those too weak to fight for themselves. That He sees us when we think we are invisible.