If' I'm watching TV, I'm also playing games on my phone.
If I'm working out, I'm also listening to music, and thinking about what I need to get done that day.
If I'm reading (which doesn't happen as often as I'd like), I stop at the end of each chapter to check social media.
If I'm doing the dishes, I have my Chromebook sitting on the counter with Netflix on.
If it's a not-so-exciting day of work, I listen to an audio book or radio show on Spotify.
I even get bored while talking on the phone and find myself putting it on speaker so I can play a game or browse social media at the same time.
Basically, I didn't make any progress toward a more simple life like I talked about in my last Peony Project post. I'm starting to annoy myself so I know it's annoying to others. I just can't stand to be idle. If I can't even focus on one task at a time, how will I ever be able to be still and find God's peace?
I was reading Little Women on the plane on Sunday (that's the only time I really get any good reading in because I'm isolated from cell service and internet) and I came across the part where Amy sets up a little chapel in her closet at Aunt March's house so she can go and be alone with God to pray for Beth who was sick with Scarlet Fever. What a great idea!
I suppose I could set up a corner in the living room but I still think there will be distractions. Maybe I'll find a spot outside, but I'll probably still get distracted. I love nature and now that it's getting warmer, I want to spend as much time out there as possible.
Maybe it's more of a time issue than a space issue. Maybe I need to set aside a block of time out of my day to sit and be still with no distractions instead of designating a block of space. I'll turn off my phone, close my computer, and hide my books. I'll sit on the couch with my Bible, lay in bed and pray, sit on the patio with a journal, or go for a walk while listening to worship music. However I want to "be still" that day, I'll do it for an allotted amount of time.
Here's to finding God's peace that passes understanding. I truly think I will be happier, I won't get so worked up about little things, and my life will be better in so many ways if I could just make this a regular practice in my day-to-day routine. To simply sit in peace is such a foreign concept to me and I'm working to change that.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 ESV
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 ESV
10 Be still, and know that I am God... Psalm 46:10 ESVHow do you find God's Peace in your busy day-to-day life?
Thanks for reading!
Betsy for the Peony Project.