August 16, 2011
singleness of heart.
it was a great day.
and, we are not known for great Sundays...
Sunday morning I read my favorite verses ever on the Sabbath day (Doctine and Covenants 59:9-13)...
i loved this reminder, "let thy food be prepared WITH SINGLENESS OF HEART" and later, "do these things with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and countenances... with a glad heart and a cheerful countenance."
i loved that.
All day I tried to do whatever I was doing WITH SINGLENESS OF HEART.
Meaning, I wasn't always worried about everything that needed to get done.
I tried to just cheerfully do ONE thing, and have peace that it was enough.
We had a few friends over for dinner. My kids spent the day doing uplifting, Sabbath things. I worked hard. And, I was happy.
Today, I want to remember this and keep that SINGLENESS of HEART feeling.
I don't want to get overwhelmed with everything... just enjoy the one thing I'm doing.
If I'm organizing... I'm not worrying about lunch.
If I have a child that needs me, I'm not worrying about finishing my organizing.
There is a peace that comes from just accepting what you can do and knowing everything will be fine.
My 5 older kids are at soccer camp this morning and baby eve is sleeping (she is awake ALL night). Lily is crying by my side... "Nobody can play with me, nobody. I am never going to see them again, they are not there." I suggested she read a book. She said, "Nobody can read it to me, nobody." I smile. This sweet child is going to have quite an adjustment time once school starts... she is VERY used to having LOTS of loving.
For now, I'm off to play with her and read her a story.
I hope you enjoy your day!!
ps. Singleness of heart is how I cope with no sleep. If, at night, I just think about my sweet baby and enjoy the time I'm spending with her, I AM FINE!!! If, I worry about the sleep I am missing because of her. If, I start to resent my husband who snores peacefully through the night... I am CRANKY!! And, in the morning, if I think about the number of hours of sleep I am not getting, I'm cranky. Instead, if I just do what needs to be done, with singleness of heart... I'm good. I'm happy. And, sometimes I find a few minutes to nap in the afternoon. How I really, really need to remember this lesson... I'm loving this concept.