31 days of small acts: begin with some quiet

for the next few days we are going to look at some small deeds we can do for ourselves — treating ourselves with kindness and love.  it’s something that is often forgotten as we spend the day taking care of others: children, extended family, friends, co-workers, and many more.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
― Eleanor Brown

over the years, i’ve found that one of the best acts i can do for myself and my day is to begin it with a bit of quiet time – as little as five minutes makes a difference.  i like to spend those first few minutes of in the word and in prayer.  a couple years ago – just in time for entering the crazy season of motherhood – i found shereadstruth.com through a blogger i follow — free daily devotionals written by women for women, delivered to my inbox – it was perfect.  i’ve enjoyed it so much that i continue to do their studies on a regular basis.  depending on the morning, i may just read the devotional and scripture texts, or i’ll spend more time and journal my thoughts and prayers. for myself, i have noticed a marked difference in my happiness when i begin my day with intentional connection with God.  for others, that morning time may be reading something inspirational, meditation or something else that fills your soul and allows you to begin the day in less of a reactive state – it’s amazing what a few little minutes of quiet alone time can do versus waking up to someone else’s agenda.  that said – this is definitely a struggle for me as i love every last second of my sleep i can get – the alarm and i are not friends – on the days that i don’t get up before my daughter, i’ll do the next best thing and set her up with something to play with or eat while i take a few minutes to do my bible study, say a prayer, or just have a few minutes of almost quiet — even if it’s not perfect and at the “right” or preferred time (perfect is good but done is better) – it’s a part of my morning routine that energizes and encourages me for facing the rest of the day!

here is one of my favorite resources by Tiffany Peterson on creating a Morning Ritual:

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