I went for a short walk today around the small lakes by our home with my baby. She was sound asleep in her stroller soaking in some Vitamin D. I had one earbud in as I listened to a podcast. I love podcasts. The newest addition to my playlist is called Goal Digger recently discovered via Taylor Bradford. Thank you Taylor!
The episode I was listening to was Episode 70; Chasing Slow, an interview with Erin Loechner.
It felt like Erin and I were friends. Before this, I thought I was the only one thinking this mama life is kinda hard. I have asked myself if I could actually get better at it. It’s so beautiful and so challenging.
The question and statement has been vocalized in my ears, “isn’t motherhood amazing?” Absolutely. One of the best things I have ever been blessed with. But then I think to myself, can ask them out for a cup of coffee? And dig into the deep moving parts of motherhood? Maybe I can glean some wisdom…
You Can Practice Anything
A highlight for me during this interview was she said when she first became a mom she had to practice it. Practice being a mom? Is that okay to say? I hope so. I personally need to intentionally practice motherhood in this new season of my life.
I have discovered another intentional practice. It is the art of learning how to slow down. I have had some challenges (here is one of them) and I still struggle with all the things I used to do before I had a little one. There was a productivity to do list before baby! I would wake up whilst still dusk, workout, read, write, work at home goals, plan and create. Clean the house and carry watermelon and Costco groceries up 3 flights of stairs (did I mention I live on the 3rd floor?) The lists and daily plan is out the window. And it’s okay!
My daughters sweet presence has changed my everyday and my entire life in the best of ways. It is quite the humbling and fulfilling experience. I have felt the urgency to adjust to this season. I hear a gently whisper telling me it’s okay to slow down. A gentle and holy reminder within the day and inside my soul that tomorrow isn’t promised. Just breathe. Let go.
If I meet with the Lord in the morning, take care of my family and my health (insert multiple cups of coffee here) then it is an amazing and productive day. I have taken care of what He has given me.
Everything else is extra. If time allows for work, blogging, writing, the gym, a run or other goals, fantastic! Laundry and housework? Great! (which make me so happy!) Those days will happen. Like right now, praise God! After all He placed these desires and dreams within me.
Here is passage I have pondered this week, Psalm 46:10 with different translations;
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth (NIV).
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (New American Standard Bible)
“Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” (GOD’S Word Translation)
He says “be still.” Let go of concerns. Cease striving. For me this is freeing. I wish I could naturally do this but it is going to take time and practice.
I will continue to share my pursuit and practice of motherhood and living slowly.
What areas of your life do you need to practice and where do you need to slow down? I would love to hear from you!