I am so sorry that I am unable to do the post about how to make homemade pop tarts. I don’t know where my brain was when I promised that. Both my daughter (who made the pop tarts) and I have to drive to Atlanta, GA for my son’s wedding on Saturday. So getting everything together to make a short video just wasn’t happening this week. But now you have something to look forward to for next week! As He always does, God provided an answer to my dilemma. I would love for you to meet my friend Rachel Latham. A fellow military wife/mom, she has a wonderful blog I would like for you to visit when you are done reading today’s post. It is Scattered Words:Finding Quiet In The Midst. Also make sure you like her Facebook page.
Imagine this: in my grandmother’s day she would hand wash and dry the dishes several times a day. She hand stitched quilts. She did all of her mending and cooking from scratch. At various times she probably also hung the laundry outside to dry on a line.
So, throughout her day there were times when her hands were kept busy with work, yet it was quiet work that would allow time for thinking, praying or planning. In today’s lifestyle, we have eliminated many of those things that would have allowed us some mental downtime. We have saved ourselves some physical labor, but exchanged it for mental busyness. Social media, constant information, and a fast-paced expectation fill our time.We are reactive- constantly managing and juggling- just a beep or a ringtone away from the need to respond.
In our device-saving way of living, I wonder if we are missing out on the benefits of contemplative work- like hand washing the dishes, or mending clothes by hand, or stitching a quilt.
Taking downtime or resting feels nearly indulgent, and certainly it feels unproductive.
Contemplative work? I think it may be time to reconsider what could be gained.
The night I read this post I knew that it was sent by God to share with YOU. How perfect a start to our Tips and Treats Thursdays! I also thought about how much I learned talking to my mom and sister every night as we washed and dried the dishes after supper. What a great tip for our first week together!
Rachel’s blog can be found at http://www.rachellatham.blogspot.com/