I felt my heart sing.
Let me back up and set the stage. I work at home. Well, of course, all women work at home. What I mean is I’m employed by someone else. In my case, it’s Proverbs 31 Ministries, where I’m the executive director of communications.
I’m also a border-line workaholic. Some might say I stepped over that line long ago. But I do know how to shut it all down and put my family first, and P31 allows me to be flexible when a son calls and asks if I’m free or my daughter needs a ride to her first job.
I still struggle with working too much, but I love to work.
But last Friday, I took the day off from work. It was Good Friday and at P31 we had the choice of taking Friday or Monday off. The only thing was, neither my husband nor any of my children had the day off. Normally, I might have chosen to just keep working. But I didn’t.
I wanted to set that day apart and remember Christ’s sacrifice. I also decided to just relax and enjoy some things I don’t normally do. Without anyone expecting anything of me.
After an extended time of reading my Bible and praying, I decided to spend time on Pinterest and add some images to my boards. So I started looking at decorating sites, and pictures of English cottages. Daydreaming! I had so much fun.
Then I decided to take some pictures of the lovely spring flowers in my yard. The orange hibiscus was beautiful, my roses in full bloom and poppies carpeted the flower bed. I posted a picture on Instagram if you want to see them.
I made a cup of coffee and watched a bit of a Hallmark movie I’d recorded. I knew the ending would be the same, (the girl would realize the “perfect” guy isn’t the one for her, and she really loves the guy next door) but I adore them anyway.
Then my doggies looked at me so sweetly, so I grabbed the leashes and set out for the green belt behind our house. There was no one out when we got there, so I took the leashes off the dogs and we ambled down into the ravine. A cool breeze blew and the dogs lifted their faces to the sun as they bounded through the tall grass. So happy and free.
And that’s when my heart started to sing.
It took me by surprise, and I laughed aloud with the pure joy of the moment. It was the sweetest combination of unstructured time and simple pleasures and it unlocked something deep in me. Something that was there, but like a child stuck inside on a rainy day, hadn’t been allowed to come outside and play.
My day continued with pleasurable things: lunch with a friend and some shopping for Easter basket gifts for my children. And by the time I got back home, I felt like a new woman.
The entire weekend was different. And my family received the benefit of a wife and mom whose heart sang.
I need to make more time for that to happen. I need to make time for things I want to do. To press pause on my busy day to refuel my heart. To reconnect with things I love and that make me happy.
I love being productive, but sometimes the most productive thing I can do is not on my schedule or to-do list. Sometimes I need to close my calendar and just spend time being me.
What makes your heart sing? I believe if you can carve out some time for that to happen, you’ll be glad you did. And you family will too.
Will you leave a comment on my blog today sharing what makes your heart sing? Maybe there’s someone out there who hasn’t felt that way in a long time and needs to be reminded of what it looks like.
Thank you for joining me today.