Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

Breathe October 15, 2020

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Recently, I spent a couple of days at The Quiet Place, NC. The first afternoon I was there, I experienced, then wrote, what is below:

One of 13 waterfalls at The Quiet Place NC.

As I sat on the rock, overlooking the waterfall, I felt like I could finally breathe. I felt that driving here. Like I could breathe again. Each time I rounded a curve and the view opened up to fall colors on the mountains, I felt more and more like I could breathe again.

So I sat on the rock and breathed.

In – lifting my face to the sky, back arching, arms lifted.

Out – sinking into the rock, shoulders releasing, falling lower each time.

In. Out. Slow. Intentional.

In. Out. Feeling the air in my lungs. I could breathe again. As I could feel the breath in my lungs, I could feel the tears want to fall.

In. Out. But the tears wouldn’t release.

In. Out. Maybe now.

In. Out. Slowly a few tears come. I could feel a sob welling up.

In. Out. Breathe. I have breath. But the tears won’t release.

So, I open my eyes and look up. All around me, leaves were falling from the trees. It was as if God was reminding me that all of creation weeps for God’s children. I couldn’t help but laugh.

The trees were letting go of what was. What has been. They let go to prepare for a season of rest. They don’t try to keep holding on. They just let go. Soon, they will rest and prepare for the new beauty that is to come.

But first they let go.

As tears slowly trickled down my cheeks, I remembered the words sweet Cecilia told me, the words that came for me that morning.

Patience.

Patience is a gift of peace. It takes wisdom to see the value of patience, but for those, who practice patience, there is peace within.

from The Quiet Place NC, Daily Message for October 12, 2020
 

T-I-RED March 22, 2012

Filed under: Me — Kris @ 1:08 pm
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Do you ever hit a time when you are just tired. T. I. R. E. D. We’ve had two rounds of the sickies, allergies are terrible, spring fever is setting in, the day-to-day chores are getting old and I’m just tired. I want a vacation. I want to go and let others take care of all the dirty work of family life, while I just sleep, read, play and shop. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Except that is just a dream most days. The reality of being a young, large family on a budget is that vacations like that are a dream for now. Our “vacations” involve long trips in the car and visits to family. The work involved in packing, travelling and cleaning up after is a lot when it’s mostly me packing for everyone too. Most of the time, I need a vacation from my vacation! We do enjoy those visits though – as harried and hurried as they may seem – and I often do try to take some time to rest during those trips.

When I’m feeling like this I do try to¬†get some extra rest (and my friend would tell me to drink more water and take some vitamin B or something). I also try to play more. Take a day and do something fun – even if it is just an afternoon at the park with a picnic. I try to break out of the usual routine. And I try to dream a little. Sometimes dreaming gets me feeling less than content, ut when I’m feeling tired of life’s routine moments, I try to dream a little dream of an extravagance. One day I was feeling discouraged about some finances, so I sat and actually mapped out how I would spend $1,000,000. That was really fun! I doubt I’ll ever win that kind of money, but if I ever do, I now have a plan!!

So today, I’m done with school for the week. I will get some extra rest tonight and this weekend, we’ll do something out of the ordinary. We’re going to have some fun and I’m going to let house chores go. We’re going to play hard and rest well. And maybe even eat out!! (That’s a real treat for us.)

What is it that you do when you are feeling tired and worn out? How do you renew your energy and spirit?

 

 
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