… peace in the mornings

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Being a teacher has a few perks…….. One of them being plenty of breaks & one of the others is cancelled class/school due to “inclement” weather. Southern/Texan/Houstonian inclement weather is worlds apart from Northern/East coast inclement weather, but I will definitely take what I can get! I will NOT complain!!

This morning afforded me time to wake up and enter the day quietly. Without my mind (or alarm clock) bugging and reminding me that I needed to get moving. I have a tendency to stay up too late & exhaust myself which makes mornings pretty rough. So, as much as I’d like to ease into the mornings, my quiet time doesn’t usually come until I’m at school putting on my makeup in my classroom’s bathroom.

(Can you hear the need for quiet? For rest??)

Squeezing in quiet time while greeting my students, making sure they’re turning in homework, going to breakfast, or talking to each other with an “inside voice” is not really quiet time. And, definitely isn’t focused or peaceful.

I was grateful for this morning. Grateful for the peace. And, opportunity to rest in God’s presence while turning over my frustrations/concerns and thanking Him for His peace, our girls, & His very own presence.

Last week, I realized just how much peace & calmness I needed.
I got a deep tissue massage and my therapist was shocked at my “concrete” back. I had so many wound up muscles that had to be released in my neck & back. I realized a few things. One, I hold tension in my back. I’ve come to know that my normal isn’t healthy. Two, I need regular massages. Three, I need to relax. & get back to stretching & practicing yoga regularly.

I need to relax. And, rest.
And, it’s a skill I’m going to have to teach myself that involves turning everything over to Jesus every moment they arise. All of the concerns, worries, fears, & frustrations.

It was a wonderful thing to enjoy quiet mornings and calm, released muscles. I can almost feel myself tightening up again so I’ve been careful about my posture and stretching every moment I can.

I know that self care comes a happier and more joyous spirit, a more patient teacher & wife, & a more available friend…. We’re our best selves when we’re taken care of.
I’m working to teach/train myself to take better care of my body. To rest well. To really cast my cares. And, to be gracious to myself towards myself; especially in those moments when I’m not my best self. Instead of beating myself up about it- cover myself in grace & give my feelings to God to work out. And, rest in His presence. That absolutely means
respectfully & lovingly not responding and being still. đŸ™‚

I hope your mornings were peaceful and easy!!!! It’s definitely a practice I’m ready to learn!

…. here’s to getting my complete fill of Jesus in in the mornings, accepting the peace he offers, & resting in His presence & grace!

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  1. Hi there. Came across your blog and wanted to ask if you would pray for me–that I will be able to love truth, surrender fully to The Lord, and be saved. That I will love mercy and be humble before God. That I will be willing and able to turn from my pride/desire for my own glory to rejoice in Christ’s. it feels like an impossible thing for my heart; please pray that it’s not and that I will believe and repent! Thank you.

    • Uh, ABSOLUTELY!!! I’m thankful that you are where you are – open to Christ and desiring His presence in your life! I will definitely be praying for you; I want you to know that our relationships with Christ are a journey and we will (unfortunately) always struggle with desiring for ourselves the glory that should only be given to God. It’s a part of our sin nature. But, you’re on the right track because giving all glory to God for all things begins with exactly what you’re asking for – humility, loving mercy, and sacrificing your own desires for those of Christ’s.

      I do pray that you will repent and give your life over to God. Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37 and He does not fail.

      *** HUGS ***

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