~ from my garden ~
I have been out of rhythm ever since our Christmas Concert last December. Being a worship director means pivoting, multi-tasking, vision-casting, communicating, planning, strategizing, coordinating, rehearsing, shepherding, delegating, encouraging, engaging, inspiring, evangelizing, praying, oh and the list goes on. lol! I love it! If you are a worship leader, YOU KNOW, everything is heightened and magnified during the Christmas & Easter season.
After my church’s wonderful Easter celebration a couple of weeks ago, I crashed (just like every worship leader) and slept! When my energy and emotions started stabilizing, I realized I was out of rhythm. You see, in this season of my life I do a lot of things. I work full time at my church, teach music lessons 6 hours a week, take my kids to and fro from school + all of the other variables that come with being a mom, as well as, all of my household duties. I am sure I’ve missed some. I love my life, however, when I am out of rhythm I definitely feel it!
So I made adjustments to my weekly schedule recently, to slow down, hoping this new found rhythm will help me enjoy the nuances of everyday life. I’ve also started a one year life-style diet. What it revolves around is being in tune with my body’s needs. I wake up every morning, go to the restroom, weigh myself, hydrate, and then wait until I am for sure hungry, not “haaangrrry.” lol Yesterday, I didn’t eat until noon, totally skipped breakfast and I was completely okay with that. Weird…. Oh and I got results from a food sensitivity test and I am intolerant to eggs. Who knew!?! So no more pastries for me waaaah! I am just grateful to know how to take care of myself.
It is difficult to adjust to and find new rhythms, however, to be honest with you, I am feeling better already, except I am hoping my brain fog will lift. haha! Yesterday, I was in a drive-thru at one of our favorite coffee shops, that is notorious for being extremely slow, and completely checked out mentally, day-dreaming about this and that, passed the ordering kiosk and went straight the the window, waited a good 5 mins until they opened the window and said, “that will be $15.00 please,” which woke me from my trance. I couldn’t believe what I had done! I apologized and told the sweet girl, I drove right past the ordering menu and could she please take my order? I felt so bad! Thankfully, I had a patient person who took my order. Am I the only one who has done this?
On the flip side, I have found time to do things I enjoy, like gardening. I am hooked and it is pretty ridiculous! It brings me so much peace and fulfillment though. I try to eat something out of my garden everyday. I have planted fragrant lavender, jasmine, honeysuckle, roses, sweet peas, basil, oregano, rosemary, and the list goes on. I LOVE watching things grow! This has been such and incredible eye-opening experience for me. My kids (and probably my husband, Brian) think I am the crazy gardening lady. lol
One HUGE thing I have discovered about God from gardening is that He is true to His word. When He says in Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?” He is not lying! There is a rhythm in nature. The more you pick, the more you harvest. God is a multiplying provider. For example, we planted strawberries a few years ago. They come back every year and look kinda pitiful at first and the strawberries are so tiny, however, the more I pick the ripe ones the more my strawberry plants grow and produce bigger fruit. Same with most of my fruits and veggies. Basically, what I am telling them is I need their food and God has created them to “say” okay I am going to need to produce more to provide what is needed. When I stop picking, the plants take that as a sign there is no more need and they stop producing. This one little discovery has stopped me in my tracks to worship God!
Worship means reverence and adoration. God totally deserves my reverence and adoration! He is amazing! He is speaking and calling out to us everyday; everywhere, but do we tune in to listen? I challenge you this week to try to be more aware of God and His character. It just might take you to a place of worship, just like it did for me. Please let me know what you discover by posting in the comments!
Til next time….