I need to feel productive—even in gospel work. I write checklists, set goals, and add more and more to my list. Where does this need for production lead me? Doing more won’t settle any score and often keeps us distracted from what really matters.
Before marriage and starting a family, I’d meditate often. I cultivated stillness and reflection. Volumes of journals lay under my bed, full of pre-parenthood insights. But then the real grown-up stuff slid in: marriage, mortgage, and motherhood. The hours of dissecting the Bible, time to meditate, and philosophizing in my journals shifted to examining our budget and navigating a nut allergy. My spiritual balance habits needed a new rhythm. So, I learned creative ways to focus my mind and spirit on God in the landscape of cooking mac ‘n cheese, computer work, and laundry. I still make quiet space a priority, but some days more than others. I hope some of my tools…