Saturday, August 31, 2013
The Daily Sanctuary
Earlier this year, I mentioned that I began implementing a daily walk into my routine. I have consistently continued this renewal habit of walking two miles every day. What started out as a simple way to "get moving" has turned into a daily retreat of contemplation and prayer. God always seems to use the ordinary moments of our lives to speak.
When my walking habit began, it was simply a time that I used to become less frazzled. A space for emotional breathing. Mamas need those spaces of not being interrupted and demanded of. Then came a time when I used this quiet for podcasts or audio books...a way to multi-task gaining knowledge coupled with exercise. That practice became too "noisy" for my mind so I began listening to music and zoning out for 45 minutes.
About a month ago this time shifted as I began to feel so many burdens on my spirit...relationships, goals, church, my children...concerns that couldn't be prayed over and thought about in the midst of the dailiness in my home. These were too heavy to contemplate as I taught my children or completed chores...situations that begged for silence and solitude. My daily walk became my sanctuary to pour out my heart to the Lord. This was truly quiet time that was required for sifting and sorting my thoughts and crying out to Him. At times I wept as I walked. Other days have been joy-filled worship of all that He is doing. Comfort has been poured out. Clarity was given. Hope renewed.
I never could have guessed how precious and life-giving this habit would become. We takes small steps of obedience to what we believe is good and right for our lives and have faith that the fruit will come. Sometimes we don't stick with a practice long enough to see those results...the pain or monotony or sacrifice doesn't seem worth it. I have always enjoyed trying to begin new habits but never seem to stick with them very long. This time though...this time I have stuck with it! The fruit has been far sweeter than I anticipated and worth the effort it has taken to make it a priority.
What has been a fruitful habit that you have begun in 2013? One that has blessed you beyond what you first thought? Where has He unexpectedly spoken in simplicity and dailiness?