With our recent move and all of the details that flow from such an undertaking, I have become very aware of my need for leisure. Last Friday, my husband and I continued our annual tradition of almost 9 years attending a local festival, Lily Fest. Because we had such a full day of things still to complete, we were only there a few hours. It was a challenge to keep this commitment in the midst of other tasks grabbing at us. But those few hours, well spent, were incredibly life-giving. Visiting with artists amidst the beauty of these beautiful gardens filled the dry places in my soul from these recent months of intense work.
Part of this annual visit always includes listening to the music of Mark Thunderwalker whose concert takes place in a garden surrounded by water lilies and dancing dragonflies. Mark is a gifted musician who plays the Native American Flute as well as crafts them. His wife, Sheila, is also a gifted artist. I purchased one of her pieces in addition to a few of Mark's CDs as gifts. To listen to some of Mark's music, here are a couple of YouTube links
Today We Begin
You can order his CDs by visiting Mark Thunderwalker.
Identify those activities that energize you and get them on your calendar. In those places where you may feel limited in what you can do, where you can go, etc. ask God to show you what is within your means for refueling. Lily Fest is always one of those "big" things. I also have smaller activities like sitting in my favorite chair and listening to quiet music that energize me throughout each day.
May you make space in your day today to "waste time with God" by simply inviting the Spirit to nourish you.