There is so much on my mind right now. One minute I’m worrying about how to teach long division (4th grade math is for the birds), the next I’m daydreaming about the birthday trip I’m going to take when this all passes because my previous plans like all other things are…cancelled. I am trying to focus on positivity, self-care, and honestly – just taking it one day at a time.
Inspired by one of my favorite authors who closes every podcast with this question to her guest “What is saving your life right now?”, I thought that would be a fun series for my blog.
I’m excited to share the first blog in a series of three: Faith, Food, All the Feels.
Q: Faith: What is saving my life right now?
A: Quiet Time, Daily Devotional, and Journaling
Last fall, I started a new habit. A daily devotional coupled with journaling. Since mornings are the quietest time in my house and I am easily a morning person, the Monday morning following Daylight Savings time, I set my alarm for 5am and have never looked back. (Until quarantine that is. Currently, wakeup time has shifted to 7am, so one of my worries right now is trying to reset my body’s clock when this passes.) My morning alone time with coffee, my thoughts, and Jesus are truly some of my favorite moments in the day. As an introvert, this morning time is gold. I need it now more than ever!
I’m currently reading Jesus Calling Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young, and I would personally recommend it if you’re looking for a devotional. While it does have mixed reviews, I am a fan. I like the daily encouragement and the brevity of each read.
Over the past month, these are a few verses that have jumped out at me. Some helping bring a sense of peace, others reminding me to be thankful and also to look for Him in extraordinary circumstances beyond my control:
Along with these verses, I'm also using my journal to take notes about our experiences during this quarantine. My journal isn’t fancy. It’s simple, lined paper that is empty and ready for my thoughts. I am currently looking for a new journal, so if you have one that you love, please send me a link!
While quiet time with my devotional and my thoughts are allowing me a peaceful way to start my day, my inner introvert is on the struggle bus the rest of the day. Fellow introverts, if you have some great tips or tricks to find alone time or recharge during this crisis, let me know. I’m here for it! Some days I walk around the block until I’m dizzy, and I have also been known to leave the house in my actual car listening to a podcast pretending life is normal. I am currently considering a “time-out” chair for myself but I haven’t’ gone that far just yet. Stay tuned.
So my dear friends, tell me. What is saving your life right now? What are your introvert recommendations? I can't wait to hear.