I gave myself a time-out today. It really doesn't seem fair, after all, that kids should have all the fun, so I sent myself for a ten minute time-out to 'think about what I had done'. Or hadn't done. Or better, what God has done.
And since my room is at my house, which is where the children are, I naturally decided on a place for this time-out at an undisclosed location where they could not find me.
This place seemed about right:
It is all of a ten minute drive from where I live and work and for some strange reason I rarely make it over there. Something I need to work on, I think.
Life has never felt this full before. I am so thankful for this time in my life that sometimes it feels overwhelming, which is a strange but wonderful way to feel. I've been compelled to spend more and more time in prayer, which is simply the grace of God, mixed in with many answered and unanswered prayers and a heart that seems to get increasingly sensitive to the people around me.
Every day I am humbled and honored that God would choose to use even me, even after all the mistakes and messes I have made. Every day I am blessed by friends and family and neighbors and co workers and students, that I get to be a part of their lives.
My heart swells with excitement and ideas for the future, and a desire to help people see through the muck and mire of daily life to the Life God has to offer us. I am desperate for my children to see Who I see when we are talking about and to God.
So yes, overwhelming. In the best possible way. Take a 'time-out' today and breath deeply, look around and thank God for just the chance to exist.