i went to visit my sister in nyc about a month ago... it was sooo refreshing!
it was such a nice visit & it happened at a time that i NEEDED to get away & have time by myself/without children. ;)
sometimes we can get so caught up in living life that we don't evaluate how our hearts are doing. are we giving them what they need? we need regular time with our Savior to keep our perspective right, but we also should consider what gives us life. it's so important to do as many life-giving things as we possibly can. & often we have to do things that are life-sucking... but it's all about balance. here's some of my lists (not in any particular order)...
*being creative/making things
*time with my husband! even just sitting on the couch & watching a movie/show
*time with friends
*hosting people in our home
*planning & throwing parties
*time alone in a coffee shop reading the Word/journaling/good books
*being stuck in the house for days & days
*lack of fellowship with the body of Christ
*not completing my "to do list"
*getting behind on keeping the house up
*discord with family or friends
*not having a regular routine
when we encounter "life-sucking" things we should be aware of how much those things are happening in our life & try to balance them out with "life-giving" things. :) the Lord is what steadies us ultimately. He is never changing.
"but i have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. i will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me."