I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV)
They say you can tell if you are an extrovert or an introvert by looking at where you recharge your batteries. When you go to a party and spend hours talking to friends, flitting about the room and meeting new people, do you come home feeling like you could conquer the world? Then, you are probably an extrovert. If you go to the same party, but end up heading for the back porch for a breath of fresh air and some peace and quiet, then, you are probably an introvert. I think I have said it before that I am an introvert in an extrovert’s body. I can go, go, go for only so long before I need to come home and be still for a while. Not that I am ever really still. I just want to be home. I used to have a rule when my kids were little that I would only have one evening meeting a week. Somewhere along the way as they grew I set that rule aside because no one needed me to oversee homework and make sure they are in bed on time. But, what about me? I need to do my homework (also known as housework) and get to bed on time myself! I need not to be talking, peacemaking, organizing, entertaining other people’s lives but mine once in a while! I think I may start that rule again because being away from home three or four nights a week is just too much for me. Today, after working twelve days straight, I slept late until a relentless dog made me get up to open the door so she could go out. Then, I thoroughly cleaned the house for the first time in over a month. I did eight loads of laundry, changed the sheets on the bed, washed the dog beds, scrubbed the floors, vacuumed and put out my Easter decorations. I cleaned stalls, water buckets and the feed room and stacked a load of hay. I got my craft corner reorganized and hung up jackets that have been lying around the house. I might be optimistic as husband thinks we are not done with cold weather, but it is nice to be able to see the kitchen counter again. I cooked pork roast, scalloped potatoes, carrot soufflé and hot fruit for supper. I didn’t mind cooking because I had the time and didn’t have to rush. Even though I got a lot accomplished today and even though I was working, I feel rested. I was at home and alone most of the day so could be quiet. Just as our minds and bodies need rest, so does our spirit. When was the last time you recharged your soul? Through music, scripture, prayer, just sitting quietly and waiting on God to speak to you through His creation or Word? Don’t let another day go by that you don’t take time to renew your spirit. You will be glad you did!