"And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples." John 6:3
As creatures of modern life, most us have difficulty "just sittin'". It seems such a waste of time. Yet Jesus took the time to sit with His disciples; indeed He called them "to be with Him." We see that in doing so, He called them upward, to the mountain.
I am seeking to incorporate more time in our homeschool day for "just sittin'". The routine and the list of assignments to be done seems unrelenting. The whirlwind of activity makes the days slip by so quickly. As my children are entering their teen years, I want to consciously choose to sit with them, to laugh with them, and to enjoy them.
One small step I am taking toward this end is to be consistent in taking short breaks during the day, and to give some thought to incorporating beauty into this ritual. Here is a short list of my efforts, which will hopefully serve to stimulate more ideas:
~pretty little smoothies (4 oz.), an hour before lunch, served in pink goblets with a puff of whipped cream on top.
~making myself look attractive and smell good. I decided to stop saving my favorite perfume for special occasions and to wear it every day.
~asking the kids to join me for a mug of hot chocolate in the afternoons while I have my cup of coffee. Playing soft music in the background quietly for 10 minutes while we sit and sip.
~on a nice day, take a the whole gang on a short walk around the block.