“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11NIV
I have always been a worker bee. I was pretty much raised this way. It is quite natural for me to have about thirty things going on at one time and not be stressed by it (Well maybe not 30, but you get the point). For example a typical day for me consists of:
6:00 am – Wake up and pack lunches, prepare breakfast.
6:30 am – Feed the baby.
6:45 -8:00 am – Get everyone out of the house for school.
8:00 am – Work from home (while cleaning, cooking, organizing the bills, running errands, and sneaking in an hour at the gym….MAYBE) Mind you I teach college so I have papers to grade and video conferences with my students to “engage” them in learning.
2:00pm – Realize I haven’t eaten and tried to eat, pack soccer or gymnastics gear!
2:30pm – Start after school pick up.
3:00pm – 4:00pm – Snack, debrief with the girls, make sure dinner is ready, and head off to soccer or gymnastics.
5:30 pm – Come home, eat dinner, time for baths, try to allow the girls to play, try to debrief with my husband.
9:00pm – Girls are ASLEEP in bed (after an hour of I’m thirsty, let’s read, baby’s just not sleepy, etc. even though bedtime is at 8pm)
9:00pm – stare at my husband and laugh at how busy we are and that we have children.
9:30 pm – HOMEWORK (I’m still trying to find the person who placed the gun to my head when I registered for this doctoral program). My husband is usually reading hundreds of pages preparing for his next day at school also.
12:00 am – PASS OUT!
2:00 am – encourage the baby to go back to sleep! (Sometimes I act like I don’t hear her and my husband gets her, YES!)
3:00 am – back to sleep.
While there are many times where we have date night, no evening activities, we eat out, and things like that. This is a typical day for me and I feel blessed and honored to serve my family in this way. As I’ve matured, I’ve learned that although I have been blessed with the gift of energy and multitasking, that doesn’t mean I have to do it all of the time. Sometimes you just need to UNPLUG! Turn off the cell phone, turn off the computer, reject all emails, and just relax in the moment. I enjoy seeing my children involved, attaining my academic goals while encouraging my husband to attain his, but I also see the benefit of down time.
When time is low, I hear God the best. Now, I must say I’m listening to the Holy Spirit all day and hear the gentle whispers of correction or encouragement to move in certain directions, this takes time to learn and I have yet to master it. But how do I even know the Holy Spirit’s voice? It’s through down time. Time when I am alone with God and I go for a walk or a jog and allow nature to speak to me, I worship Him in the moment and allow for His Spirit to recharge me. All of the running around I do is not in vain. I’m placed on this Earth to be a servant leader in my community, at home, and now at my new job. But in all things, I have to give God thanks. Thanks for the energy, thanks for the time management skills (and forgiveness when I misread it as taking on too much) but most of all thanks for the down time when I can commune with His presence, watching His abundance through the giggles of my daughters with messy hair and smashed food on their shirts and the gentle arm wraps of my husband while being bored to death watching golf on TV. Down time is precious.
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I am blessed with a full plate. I am honored that You chose me to work in so many roles. God I ask that You teach me to increase my down time so that I may be more effective in the upbeat periods. Please teach me how to discern priorities and when I should work and when I should rest. Lord it is my desire to be in worship with You all day, by walking, working, and interacting with others while in the Spirit. Show me thy way, please continue to direct my path. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
To all the busy bodies out there, I EMPOWER you to SIT DOWN! No, seriously, sit down. Take a moment and literally smell the roses. Who’s with me? If you agree, share with us in a comment below, on our Facebook wall, or Tweet us how you plan to disconnect for a while and enjoy life’s simple blessings, while pausing.
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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have beencalled according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah alsoserves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. She resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are actively connected to St. Luke Christian Church of Huntsville, AL and Vaughn Forest Church of Montgomery, AL. Currently they are moving to Orange Beach, AL and are excited about the Lord leading them to a new church home.