Monday, February 13, 2017

Five Minutes Peace

Daily Gratitude Year 5-Day 44: Today, I am grateful for "five minutes peace". 

We've a children's book I love. "Five Minutes Peace" by Jill Murphy. It is a children's book, but it is for parents, too. In certain seasons, we long for nothing more than "Five Minutes' Peace". 

The Mama elephant (I do love elephants) loves her children, but she can't even find quiet when she heads to the bathroom to bathe. 

Everyone has a question, needs something or wants something. The strain and the drain is real.

The love of the Mama Elephant is never in question. She adores her family. Still, she would simply like a minute to herself... a moment of quiet... a little peace.

I know how fast those years pass by and suddenly they are driving and then in a blink, they fly off on new grown up adventures. They still come home and need things at times... but the needs are different. 

Back when they were little, they mostly just wanted to be "with me". Near enough to feel safe and protected was where they wanted to be. I remember thinking, "I don't want to wish these years away.". 

I had some intellectual knowledge that it would pass quickly, but in the blink of an eye, it did just that. 

Today, I try to savor five minutes peace when it comes. 

The crazy moments of toddlers, ten-year-olds and teens are sweet in the rearview mirror. My boys are men. No one told me that the demands simply change. Life is still busy and full. I don't wake up wondering "What shall I do today?" There is always more to do than the day allows. Five minutes peace is still precious. 

Prayer is the perfect way to restore a little quiet... and grasp a little sanity.  Maybe not in my environment, the nation or the day's demands... but in my soul there is peace. 

But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. -Psalm 18:6

Never stop praying. - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Peace is far more internal than external. 

Today, I am grateful for "five minutes peace". 

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