Soul Time – Part 1
Mothers should cultivate their souls so that in turn they may cultivate the soul’s of their children.
Dave and I were recently away at a conference; one morning we walked around the lake near to our accommodation, the morning sun was gleaming on the still water and the reflection of the surrounding trees was a perfect picture of the reality above.
God reminded me in that moment that as we walk in the light; His light, and allow Him to still our souls, the reflection of our heavenly Father is formed to perfection
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Gen 1:27
It’s so important as busy, multi-tasking Mothers to cultivate our souls, to breathe, to soak in His presence and to live out of everything He is in us.
Many mothers talk about ‘Me time‘; there are so many mindsets around this term, everything from martyrdom to guilt but where the spirit of the Lord is there is FREEDOM!
If we believe that our call is to serve, nurture and love our husband and children then we do it selflessly; the problem starts when we start to feel that we deserve a spa break or a ‘night out’; as much as you’d like one my friend, you’re not the only sleep deprived mother still wearing maternity jeans who desperately needs her roots doing, but you are amazing, you are unique, you do an incredible job and God’s smile and favour is on you as you work tirelessly for His glory and legacy.
How many times have you had an hour, day or weekend ‘off’ and you come back feeling more frustrated, irritated by ‘real life’ and eagerly awaiting the next opportunity to ‘escape’?
The truth is your soul needs reviving mother; your vision needs renewing and you need to feel the love of God refreshing your heart and mind
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7
It’s time for Soul Time!
That’s what we call it in this house; Mama needs some soul time.
Soul Time is not escapism, is it not something I have worked for or deserve, it’s a mother enjoying the pleasure of God in the quiet; through reading a great book, taking a walk, enjoying a hobby, craft; cooking a favourite recipe or watching a great movie. My soul time draws Spirit to spirit, re-envisions and energizes me, refreshes and restores me to be the best version of me I could possible be!
“Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion” 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
I love Karen Andreola’s take on this in her book ‘The Charlotte Mason Companion’; she describes this need as ‘Mother Culture‘:
For a mother to allow herself a bit of recreation to refresh herself by exploring her own interests, to find a little time for herself especially when so many others depend on her, is what I call Mother Culture.
When a dedicated, hard-working home teacher takes part in Mother Culture she safeguards her enthusiasm. She will be better able to cope with her responsibilities. To take part in Mother Culture is to feed herself with the Word of God, with ideas from books, nature, art, music, etc., taking care to keep growing spiritually and mentally.
It’s time to breathe mothers, not out of guilt or overworked martyrdom but out of freedom; so enjoy your coffee in your Cath Kidston mug (or is that just me?!), your Country Living magazine or having your nails done but do it in freedom; do it whilst embracing your noble calling of motherhood and not to escape it, do it from a secure heart and a refreshed spirit.
“For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Cor 3:17
Coming up: Soul Time – Part 2, refreshing your soul in the ‘thick of it’
Have you read our ‘Peace, not Perfection’ series? Check it out here!