Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What I hope to learn...

A few weekends ago I was able to go to the Women's Retreat near beautiful Coeur D' Alene, ID. The retreat was wonderful and it was so good to just have time to do absolutely nothing. No to do lists, no laundry to fold, no dinner to prepare. The camp where we stayed was so beautiful, right on the lake. One thing I do regret about the weekend is that I did not take much time...just to enjoy the beauty. Maybe sit in one of the big rocking chairs in the dining hall and just take in this scene.
I've been reading a great book called, bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. It couln't have been recomended to me at a better time. So many of the things Shauna talks about are a daily struggle for me. As mothers I feel there is so much pressure in our society to achieve, achieve, and "have it all together"! You know what I am talking about. There is always something that needs to get done...somewhere I need to be...another thing to do so I can check it off my list. Then, when I don't get EVERYTHING done that day...there is that guilt of failure. God has been teaching me to just sit down and read that book to my daughter...put a puzzle together with her...sit and enjoy that cup of coffee...and above all TO TAKE THAT TIME TIME ALONE TO READ the BIBLE & PRAY.
Now I realize why. They bring me back and remind me to appreciate the little things. To enjoy the sunset.
sunset in South Dakota


michele said...

bittersweet is wonderful, isn't it?? Marilyn is enjoying it too!! Let's do a book talk the end of March! Love you!

Susanna said...

It was absolutely beautiful that weekend!!! I wished I had remembered my camera.