All is well in my world, just busy. A happy busy. Week 3 of school for Lily, week 4 for Ty. Ty’s Open House was this week; Lily’s is next week. They are happy and loving their schools and teachers. I have found that I am missing them a little bit more during the day than ever before. I am so much busier with work, so I am trying to cherish the hours that I have with the kids and make them special. I am SUCH a schedule person and this whole two school, two drop off/pick up times is really thrown a wrench into my daily pattern, but I think we are finally finding a new rhythm to our lives. Thinking about how the hours, days, weeks feel different for me and our family now, made me look up a poem that I had not mulled over in a while. It struck a chord with me tonight.
This poem is by a former pastor at South Main Baptist Church, Dr. Kenneth Chafin. After he retired from being the pastor at our church, he was still around and making a difference. He was actually instrumental in getting Mark and me to attend Sunday School by inviting us to a class called the New Beginnings Class. Dr. Chafin worked hard to bring young couples together to create a small group community. And that he did. In the last decade of his life, Dr. Chafin published some of his poetry and this is one of his poems called “A Rhythm for My Life”
Help me to find a rhythm for my life
in keeping with my strength, my gifts,
my opportunities, my commitments,
and thy larger purpose.
Let there be a celebration of life,
the building of relationships,
and the nurturing of others.
Let there be unhurried strolls in the woods,
quiet mornings spent on the pond,
poking around country roads,
Afternoon naps in the porch swing,
leisurely meals with friends,
chickadees fed and zinnias grown.
Let there come to me a quietness of soul,
a relaxed body, an alert mind,
a gentle touch, an inner peace,
an integrity of being.
It’s time to do it.
So, I will take Dr. Chafin’s advice. Mark’s company picnic/retreat starts tomorrow at Crier Creek in Columbus, Texas. I am going to walk in the woods. Unhurried. I am going to enjoy the laughter of my children and watch them play without a strict schedule. I am going cherish the feeling of a fall breeze as I stroll hand in hand with my hubby. I am going to reminisce about how fall nights always remind me of our “college days”. It is important for me to look at the big picture and step back from the appointments and to-do lists and see it all from above. Like God sees it.
Yes, I am finding a new rhythm for my life.