After breakfast I planned the coming school year and ordered study materials for my homeschool students, and then I helped them with their first, seventh, and ninth grade classes. It was a very full morning, but surprisingly free of pressure. That time I had taken with Jesus surely paid off.
I was beginning to sag as I cut vegetables for lunch, but I found myself thanking God for healthful food and my family’s good health. My hands were busy, but gratitude lifted my heart and mind to heavenly places. That was just the boost I needed.
I listened to some uplifting piano music as I did an errand in the car. I kept pace with the traffic, but without the usual tension in my shoulders.
Back home, between email, phone calls, and a short visit from a neighbor, I cooked, cleaned, and spent some extra time with my teenage son. Sometimes I worry about him, but as we sat together and he shared his opinions, concerns, and dreams, Jesus helped me see a sweetness and depth in my son that I sometimes overlook.
My husband and I went for an evening walk, and as we held hands and watched the setting sun paint the clouds lavender and pink, we counted our blessings together.
I know I can’t expect every day to be so perfect, but I now know how to increase my chances: I’ll take time to connect with Jesus and renew that connection throughout the day by turning my thoughts to Him and His goodness.