Why I Take Long Showers

Today has not gone as planned. Not even close. I was supposed to wake up on time (6 am) and have time for my morning routine, which includes quiet time spent with God, and get an early start on day two of my garage sale....
Instead, the kids took turns keeping me up all night (I am about 90% certain they conspired together that as soon as one fell asleep, the other would wake up and demand my attention). Sam (my hubby) was finally able to keep an eye on Aya at about 8:30 while I slept for about an hour and a half. 
Needless to say, my morning "routine" did not happen and neither did day two of my garage sale. Instead, I drug myself out of bed at around 10:30 and made breakfast (scrambled eggs and apple sauce because I desperately need to go grocery shopping). After eating breakfast and downing a giant cup of coffee, I decided to take a shower. Thank The Lord for my sweet husband who took care of the kids while I took my extra long shower. I often take extra long showers. This is because I often don't get to stick to my morning "routine" and I miss out on that precious quiet time. I don't know about you but I do my best thinking in the shower. I use the time to quiet my mind, listen to what God is speaking to my heart, and re-set for the day ahead. Sometimes it is one of the only things that keeps me sane. Now don't get me wrong, a lot of the time showering is done as quickly as possible and is often interrupted by Judah opening the bathroom door (which unfortunately doesn't lock), yanking back the shower curtain which lets in entirely too much cold air, and tossing in "Monkey" or "Raccoon" (he's very literal when it comes to names) or whatever other stuffed animal he thinks needs a shower. 

So, I don't have a cute outfit or fashion advice to share with you today. Just a little peek into what my life is really like and a little reminder that sometimes life is tough. No cute pictures, just a few snapshots of me, fresh out of the shower in my favorite bathrobe that I cannot find the belt too, a few of my "bare necessity" skincare products, and my toothbrush and baking soda as it is after noon and I am just now brushing my teeth. I'm sure you, like me, are doing the best you can with what you've got. Be gentle with yourself and the ones around you. You probably don't get the time you need to take car of "you" so be creative with the time you do have and give a little of your "brain power" to yourself. Think about the things you enjoy thinking about instead of your endless "to-do" list. Quiet your heart and hear what The Lord has to speak to you. For you that time may be in the shower, or while cooking dinner, or doing laundry, or in your car on the way to work. Whatever it is, take advantage of it, as little as it may be. 

You're doing a good job.

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