this morning

I hang little-person clothes on the line

while he plays

and it’s sunny, and a bit cool, that perfect spring morning feeling

and I think “ah, to sit with Bible, pen, and coffee…”

and then the thought

“why not?”


returning with blanket, books, coffee,

I set up on the grass

and discover

that me-time

can happen

while mothering


glorious realization

that I

and the mother

can be


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4 Responses to Synthesis

  1. Laura says:

    Oh Rae. This is so lovely!

    I am having SUCH a hard time right now. For the longest time I’ve been waking up early in the morning for my quiet time. I’ve had such special times in worship and prayer and it was so great. But over the past couple of weeks I just couldn’t keep waking up that early. I was finding myself very tired and my dizziness was getting worse. So I stopped. And now I am trying to find a new time in my day to make room for stillness and worship and prayer. Reading this is so encouraging. Thank you!

    • Rae says:

      I think I’ve always thought that to do things for “me” I needed to have the all the right conditions – quiet, someone else with Haydon (or him sleeping), a significant chunk of time, etc, etc. So, quiet time just wasn’t happening because all of these things weren’t in place. For some reason it clicked that I could do this anyway, yes with some interruptions, but that it could still be fruitful and good. I’ve resolved to try to make this part of our spring/summer routine – get outside first thing in the day, let him play, and spend some time filling up!

  2. Heather says:

    How wonderful! Why does this not occur to us more? If we truly want to teach our kids how to live in Jesus footsteps, they need to see how we do it, including seeing how we spend time in scripture and prayer. 🙂 Thanks for this thought.

    • Rae says:

      So true Heather – if the word is living and active, they need to see us living and acting (in) it! Not sure why I didn’t come to this sooner – and really glad I did before we add another to the chaos.

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