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Monday, April 1, 2013

finding quiet

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Our family did something a little unusual (for us) this Easter.  We went away on a trip.  We went away in search of quiet.

Lately our lives have been anything but quiet.  One of our goals for our family is to keep our children from being over scheduled.  So the noise has not really been coming from too much kid busyness (though parental busyness might be another thing).

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And the noise that has been invading our home has just been getting to David and me.  You see, we are both introverts.  And contrary to what many believe that does not mean that we are shy.  We are just people who “recharge” by being alone.  I very much love to be around people.  I mean, I even sing in front of people all of the time and LOVE it.  But I feel like my soul is truly restored when I have time to be by myself to think & just be.

As you can probably imagine, living in a house with five children who are home all of the time makes it very hard to find time to recharge.  And the introverts ( I’m speaking for myself here) start to feel suffocated. 

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Weeks ago, I called my Dad and asked if he would set the RV up for us at the lake so we could get away as a family.  Granted, we were still with the children on this trip but we were able to quiet the noise that is added to our lives from outside the family.  It was great even though it rained a lot and was kind of cold.  (Typical deep south cold snap and Easter storms…)

We were also able to just pull our family back together by focusing on each other and the things we love to do together.  It was good for us all.

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But before we left for the trip, I also realized that other changes needed to be made.  Obviously, I’m not getting rid of the kids and I’m not quitting homeschooling.  So…I searched for other sources of noise to get rid of.  Facebook was deactivated.  Instagram was removed from my phone (though I love it and may put it back on.  I’m going to wait a while before I decide.) And soon, I will be letting go of some of the ministries that I’m a part of at church. 

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Honestly, I’m enjoying the lack of noise – especially from Facebook.  As much as I love to keep in touch with my friends on FB, sometimes that place is poison for me.  And the simplicity of this weekend made me realize that this simple life is exactly what I crave!

It’s in this quiet that I’m starting to feel the peace that my soul and our home has been missing.  I’m feeling a surge of energy and eagerness that I haven’t felt in a while.  I just needed to remove the noise so I could focus on the One Voice that matters. 

I have found quiet. 

**the pictures are of places from our trip where I found quiet restoration.  The funny thing is that every single one of those pictures was taken when I was out exploring with one of my children. *smile*

Have you ever taken a personality test to determine if you are an introvert or an extrovert? 

(I am an INFJ – introverted, intuitive, feelings, and justice.  You can take a personality test here to discover your personality.) 

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