Peace and Serenity

So, for those of you who don’t know, my sister got married on Saturday. It was a beautiful ceremony, and yes, I did manage to hold it together  (I did tear up a few times, but I didn’t cry).

But with the wedding comes the chaos of the getting ready, the (what felt like) 5,000,000 people, and the tons of “congratulations” (like I had something to do with getting her hitched, lol.) Then after the wedding, we have all the party and the family and friends who come to the house to change and gather their stuff and all that.

It’s a lot of fun, but for an introvert like me, it’s maddening, draining, and overwhelming.

I usually deal well with being in situations like that, but this was probably one of the most draining experiences of my life. It got me thinking, why was this so draining on me?

Then it hit me.

From the time I got home on Thursday night until the time I left on Saturday night to go back to Gap, I didn’t have time to myself to pray or read my bible.

No peace.

No serenity.

No time for God.

I know. It’s really disturbing to me that my time was pushed away so easily. That time to ourselves is so important. We need to take time to relax, de-stress, and chill with God. Those are the most important times in our day. They are the times that give us energy and the power to keep on going on.

Never forget to spend time with yourself. To come back to earth, reflect and gain perspective .

2 comments on “Peace and Serenity

  1. You are so right. Even for an extravert like me, it was joyous but draining. I was praying a lot during each day, but it was not that “alone with God” time that is so important to our balance. Leaving the airport after dropping the last of the guests, I cranked up the music and sang praises. Coming home to the solitude of the house, just God and me was wonderful!

  2. This is one on my favorites of yours, Joel.

    I often realize at the end of the day (as i’m often in work, home, sleep mode) that I haven’t made time for God. I can’t imagine what it was like for you for those three days, but it must have been something like when I was moving to where I am now in at least some ways.

    Since I’m always running around, I find car rides or even during the ceremony at the wedding were times I felt close to God/able to have some “alone with God” time. Sure, at the wedding my prayers and attentions were regarding the moment at hand, but I still felt I could be alone with God in the middle of a church full of people (or rather, slightly to the side, lol)

    Love you, Joel

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