Three weeks!

Today marks the first official day of a three week uni break for me – YAY! And I definitely am feeling like it has come not a minute too soon. So many things have just had to slide since this semester began in June and the biggest thing that slides is the housework. And there are some concentrated trouble spots.

First on my to-do list was our walk-in robe. Before:

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One crate of shoes and two garbage bags of clothes later:

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If you look closely you can spot the differences 😉

I have been almost euphoric today knowing there’s no assignment that needs finishing, no research to conduct, no quiz to study for and I can breathe again! And I’ve watched two doco’s I’ve had bookmarked all year! Guilt free!

I keep being reminded of my word for the year – rest. I don’t know I’ve been doing a great job at being restful but the reminders do help. At first, I really did wonder how I would find any rest but I’ve learnt that it’s just a mindset, like so many other things. And it takes training and discipline to develop inner restfulness when life is swirling around you and there’s so, so many things to be done. But, I think I’m learning, albeit slowly!

So today, I strolled around the house and garden in the rain after my productive walk-in robe purge, drinking in beauty and allowing it to soak into my soul and remind me to pay attention to the small wonders that surround me every single day. And allow that to bring me rest 🙂

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Back to reality

So I’ve been back from my mini retreat for just under two weeks and if the fact that I’m only now getting round to posting about it doesn’t tell you all you need to know I don’t know what will! 🙂

I had such a wonderful time away at Mt Glorious. Obviously, there was the very real break from phone calls, texts, work, other work, uni and family (as much as I love them all!) but there was also the very real experience of just basking in being with God solely for those two days. Normally, during my time with God in the mornings, one or two hours fly past and I’m very conscious of having to be ‘finished’ in order to start the rest of the day. What I loved about my time away was the uninterrupted stretches of time that almost made me giddy with joy and excitement. Oh just to be and to be able to stay was so precious. It was like experiencing a sliver of heaven, when we will be completely surrounded and filled with His presence.

So, needless to say, I came home and landed with a bit of a bump. And instead of being light and happy for my time away, I felt heavy and, well, frankly, quite annoyed! It wasn’t until I went to bible study the following week and was asked about my time away that my friend gave me the reason for my disgruntled mood – I was grieving! Grieving the loss of being totally immersed in God without interruption. Grieving not being rushed. Grieving thinking about nothing but Him.

And the funny thing was, once my friend at bible study said it, I felt complete release and was able to move on. It’s funny how, sometimes, things just need to be identified before shuffling off. My mood lightened and I felt myself slip back into the groove of the life God has laid before me for this season.

And then today, after staring at the computer all day, I snuck outside and just stood and looked around me.

My backyard.

And the similarity of the view that greeted me to the view I enjoyed while away didn’t slip past me. It was the same sort of thing – gums, blue sky, birds and quiet just not as much of it but beautiful and there to be enjoyed and revived by, nonetheless. Just like the time I spend with God here versus the time I had with Him at Mt Glorious. Here, it’s bite sized with the knowledge that there is much, much more that we will one day experience but can’t see from this life, from this current view. And I’m so excited about that! But I’m also content to wait here, with this small view and rest in the fact that the big view is coming.

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Thanks to a birthday gift from my husband, I'm currently on a little two night getaway 🙂

Ensconced in my mini house at Mount Glorious, complete with warm and gracious hosts, I have the next 48 hours stretched luxuriously before me with absolutely nothing to do but stoke the fire, eat, drink tea/coffee/wine, read, pray and…rest <insert massive sigh>

The cold wind has kept me indoors and next to the fire since my lunchtime arrival but I intend on an early bedtime with the hopes of getting up to go for an early morning walk through the surrounding forest (perhaps not quite sunrise as my host suggested though!).

My main intention is to bunker down with God and just be. What an amazing thing it is this gift of relationship with the Creator of the universe. And I intend to let go of all these balloon strings clutched in my hand and watch them float away as I soak in his presence and breathe in his love.

Ahhhh, rest :)

So, things have finally settled down. The steps I took towards a less busy life are coming into effect and I’m finding I can breathe again. And it’s lovely 🙂

I am so enjoying not having any monkeys on my back whispering of the other things I should be doing when I am doing literally any activity. I am even enjoying doing those extra house keeping things that I never in a million years thought I would enjoy doing!

I’ve also had time to quietly roam our little patch of the world and stop and ponder life and capture some of the small things with a macro lens on the camera.

Here’s a few of my favs 🙂

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Day 9 – the beach

So grateful today for easy access to gorgeous beaches that lift spirits and remind the soul to breathe. 

Although at the start of the day our moods weren’t the best and the traffic decided to try and make them worse, by the end of the day we all agreed it had been wonderful and just what we all needed. 

How can anyone stay in a bad mood with that view? 😊 

  

Day 8 – simple pleasures

This week was the first week back at work and the last two days, especially, were rather busy. So today I’m grateful to come home and enjoy a nice cup of tea and a biccy (that’s a biscuit for you non-Aussie folk).

Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures that are most appreciated after a big week 😊 

  

Day 5 – my girl’s heart

Today I am grateful for my 12 year old’s serving heart. All Most of the time, she is only too pleased to help. Just yesterday, she cleaned and tidied the kitchen till it sparkled, without being asked.

And today, while I was working and she wandered into the office, bored, I flippantly said that she could write the week’s menu and shopping list if she needed something to do. The next time she came in, she was holding a completed menu and asking what ingredients were needed for the meals she’d planned out.

She thrives on being organised (she didn’t get that from me) and absolutely loves being given a job to do and finishing it. Today, while I was feeling annoyed at being back at my desk, her generosity and willingness to help with something that she knew I needed to have done lifted my spirits and brightened my day.

She’s a treasure 🙂

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Day 4 – the sweet, sweet rain

We’ve had unseasonably cool (ish) weather for this time of year and we are definitely not complaining. Today was mainly overcast with some lovely, welcomed rain falling this afternoon. I don’t know many people who don’t love the rain; it’s biggest drawback for me is that it makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with a book or a movie and drink copious amounts of tea, coffee and wine instead of doing my work 🙂

It was nice not to have to water our little veggie patch today and instead watch it almost instantly turn a shade greener. And I’m especially grateful for all the rain that is falling on our drought stricken areas of late. Our farmers certainly deserve some kindness from our earth and it’s weather right now.

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