Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Family / Life & Faith

Practicing Quiet

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One sibling photo a week throughout the year. 12/52

This is a Monday invitation to practice quiet, to pray and to yield to whatever the Lord has. There is a whole week ahead that is sure to have it’s share of noise and busy and aches and bumps. There may be surprises and struggles. There may be hard things, unexpected joys, new discoveries, revisited hurts. Who knows what the days will bring?

For me there will be a lot of laundry, cooking, mediating sibling conflict, and sweeping up the dining room floor of a random assortment of food scraps and project clippings. There will be graceful moments that I feel the wind under my wings and the tasks flying off my list, followed by very done moments where I hide in the bathroom for a second to breathe – but only a second, because there will be little hands banging on the other side of the door as soon as they’ve discovered I am in there. Little ones rarely agree to any request for personal space.

There will be moments I look around and try to remember what I’ve done that day because whatever it was, it surely won’t show itself in the condition of my house…that whole do-the-same-task-over-one-hundred-times-and-no-one-would-ever-guess-because-its-all-still-a-mess thing. There will be moments I remind myself that being present has to be more dear to me than doing it all perfectly, or I will lose out on the most important interchanges of this week.

Whatever your days will bring to you, I invite you to start your week by taking a breath and feeling the weight of your own soul. When you breathe in, let your elbows shift out just a bit, and allow yourself a little more space to be where you are, honest and real. Open a conversation with God and ask Him to be near and to help you through whatever the week brings, and see if He doesn’t steady you as you go.

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Update on goals for week 12:

1) Run/walk at least 10 miles per week. Week 12 ~ 12 Run/Walk miles traveled, 129.5 cumulative in 2015
2) Write 10,000 words weekly. Week 12 ~ estimated 5,000 words completed, 44,200 cumulative in 2015


“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.” Hebrews 6:19

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:39

667. Jesus, 668. living words, 669. friends to celebrate with, 670. early morning exercise, 671. meal planning, 672. clarity, 673. the kids’ prayers, 674. headbands on baby curls, 675. tickle time, 676. making new friends, 677. new church home, 678. birthday stomp rocket fun, 679. milk-carton animals, 680. writing breakthroughs