Reality Break

18 Jun

End of year exams…graduation…buying teachers gifts…picnics….the list went on and on.  The end of the school year “to do” list.  Your feet hit the floor running first thing in the morning and you drop into bed exhausted at the end of the day.  There is so much to do and not enough time to do it.  Can you relate?

With four out of five of my children still in school, this was my reality and I NEEDED A BREAK!  A break from reality.  So the minute the school bell rang, I packed up my children, their “stuff” and we headed for our condo in Big Bear.  We are in the midst of a 6 day sabbatical and it is awesome.  We have laughed, played, relaxed, taken naps, gone on walks but with ABSOLUTELY no schedule.  We have refused to think about “what we are going to do next” and have lived in the moment.  The result?  Well, I’ve learned a few things that I would like to share with you:

1.  It doesn’t matter where you are.  STOP!  Take a moment and listen to your Creator speak to you.  God is always speaking and you can hear Him. You just need to learn to recognize His voice. He speaks in many different ways, including nature and natural events. When you look at the stars or a sunset or experience a storm, if you look, you can see the fingerprints of God.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

Take a moment now.  Look around you and ask God to speak to you right where you are!

2.  It’s NOT where you are going.  It’s NOT how fast you get there.  It’s not what you are going to do once you get there.  The MOST IMPORTANT THING is who you go with!  In life you are going to travel down many paths.  You will begin and start many journey’s.  You will need to make several u-turns and take several detours.  Along the pathways of life, whats important is who is willing to travel with you.  Look around you.  Take inventory.  Who is willing to travel with you.  Who has committed to not bail even when they feel car sick?!?  That is your blessing!

TOMORROW, we will look at who your travelling companions are and how they are blessings to you!  Until then…

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One Response to “Reality Break”

  1. Arleen Bradley June 19, 2011 at 12:54 am #

    Hi Teri–so true! We are always rushing here and there. We don’t take the time to listen to God. I know in my own life, God talks to me when I am silent and still.

    Several years ago there was a cell phone company that had a billboard ad that said “silence is weird”. I don’t remember many billboards but this one I have etched in my brain. At the time I realized that so many people live this way. Most people have cell phones, some have bluetooth so they can do other things while talking.

    No wonder as a human race we are over stressed. We need time to just be. Nothing to do, nowhere to go, just plain nothing. Just be alone with ourselves or with some one we love to unwind and listen to what God is trying to tell you. You don’t have to go far. Turn off the noise–tv, phones, computers, radios and mp3′s. Take a walk, read a book, talk face to face with someone or meditate.

    Thank you for reminding me that I should be doing more quiet things.

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