Prayer for the Week Nov 11 – Your Point of View
The holidays are fast approaching and I can already feel the need to throw my hands in the air and PANIC!
It feels like time actually speeds up from November 1 to January 1. It’s just a big blur of running. But it doesn’t have to be. What if I intentionally decided to be home-centered through the holidays. Instead of running around and then trying to eek out time for my girls and my husband when I’m exhausted, what if this year I made decisions to stay home. *Gasp*
Last night my husband and I were talking about inertial reference frames. Now stop letting your eyes roll into the back of your head like you might faint for the mere mention of a scientific discussion and for those of you who know that I am married to an engineer… stop laughing! These conversations actually happen -quite- naturally. We were discussing the merits of being home-centered and why it’s not just another “thing” to add to our already busy lives, but it is actually a change of view.
Think of it being a lens you look through. When you look at life through the home-centered lens the world can be going crazy around you but you stay grounded. You make decisions to support your home and bring peace into it. If you primarily use your home as a hotel where you only sleep and shower then all of your decisions will be made where ever else your life is centered, be it work, the gym, or even your car.
So back to the inertial reference frames… If you have ever flown in an airplane you know that once in the cabin with the plane off the ground and at cruising speed your body doesn’t feel like it’s hurtling through the sky at 500mph. No. You get up walk around eat some peanuts and until that plane begins to decelerate on its approach to the next airport it doesn’t matter what chaos is going on outside that plane be it other planes flying by or bad weather, your body feels like it’s walking around and eating on the ground, because the inside of the plane is your reference frame.
This year I’m asking the Lord to make our home the center. I’m asking Him to keep us grounded and at peace despite the chaos. It will mean that I miss out some so-called great sales, but I’ll make some homemade gifts with the girls. Instead of going to one more Christmas party, I’m going to snuggle on the couch with my husband and watch a movie. We’re going to celebrate the Sundays of Advent by lighting the candles of the Advent wreath and then read Charles Dickens out loud to the girls while they eat some yummy snacks. I’m asking the Lord to be at the center of our home so that when Christmas arrives our hearts are ready.
Father, please help us to slow down. Help us to see life through the lens of our home. Help us to make intentional decisions to avoid the good things so that we can be home for the BEST things, our families. May our homes be beacons of light and peace in a very dark and chaotic world. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.