Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Art of Breathing

Do you ever feel like chaos is surrounding you?  Do you ever have days where it feels like your kids are testing every possible inch available?  I don't know about you, but I usually get so caught up in the frustration of it that I forget to take the time to breathe.  And pray. 

purple prickly flower

Right now I'm single parenting it for a few days.  Jeremy's not away a whole lot, but it's been enough that, by now, I've come to expect that it throws the kids a little out of sorts.  Their reaction is usually testing me in some way.  I always ask myself, "How can they test even the routine that we've been in for months now?"  But they manage to do it.  It used to make me so incredibly frustrated, and sometimes still does actually.

The other day I had, not a testing moment, but a scary moment when I couldn't find Joshua.  I won't go into all the details, but it made my heart skip a beat.  Literally.  Praise God that he was found and ok.  I took a moment to pause, breathe, and pray before I had a little talk with him.  Looking back I'm amazed at how that little act suppressed the frustration and cleared my mind to speak out of a heart of love.

just breathe

One of the definitions of art is a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice.  Breathing in the midst of a frustrating situation is definitely something I need practice on.  These little situations just help me to perfect this art of breathing...

4 comments :

blissful_e said...

How scary to lose Joshua! So glad you found him again AND that you were able to pause before speaking to him about it.

When I'm frustrated or grumpy around the house I try to remember to sing worship songs. It's amazing how singing out loud changes my mood.

Ana Degenaar said...

These post have been such an encouragement to me. Thanks so much for sharing form your heart!

Ashley said...

This post is definitely timely! Though I'm not a parent, being an adult in my parent's home and having 4 teenage younger siblings can try my patience lol. I'm definitely also learning to breathe, humble myself, and give any frustration I have over to the Lord. Every time I do, the Lord calms me/gives me peace, and it makes me wonder why I hold on to my frustration so long! Thanks for posting. :)

MaryAnne said...

A silent prayer can make a world of difference - and I'm very glad you found Joshua, safe and sound!

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