Much of today I was on my own with Cashel Man as my husband lead worship at church in the morning and also in the evening for a special event. We are a mobile church so there is a lot of additional time spent tearing down and setting up. But I am grateful I have a husband who is on the mission with Jesus, serving at our church, and using his incredible gifts for the Lord. He really is a great musician and a wonderful example to our little man of how to serve God and your family.
Cashel goes to bed around 8:30pm and will often sleep until 9am. Some days even later. I should never complain about sleep. He is one incredible sleeper. My Mom says both my sister and I were the same way. Fingers crossed for this next one to get there too someday. The only problem with this is that some days when I hope to get out and about or need to be somewhere at a specified time in the morning, it can prove challenging (and sometimes impossible to do it on time). He is a slow morning guy too. Takes his time warming up and eating his breakfast especially. I love this normally, but on days where I have anything at or before ten I find it is nearly impossible to get him going.
I am fairly committed to not waking him up unless I absolutely have to – like for a doctor’s appointment or something.
This made me a touch late for church. Plus he really hadn’t eaten his breakfast, so I warned the nursery workers that he’d probably eat them out of house and home and that I had brought breakfast in my baby bag.
Now on to white space. I have learned that white space is not empty space. That can be both physically and in terms of time. White space is opportunity like I posted about in an earlier post, it is also clarity and time. Time to think, process, reflect and learn. Church for me is a great place of white space. I am always challenged in some way and leave feeling refreshed. I am thankful to volunteers who make the nursery run so that my little one has a wonderful and safe place to be; for the worship team, and gathering team who does a beautiful job creating an environment of worship and connectedness; and to our pastors – Peter and Jeff who are sensitive to the Holy Spirit and really are anointed. They “bring it” each week and I leave with more white space then I came in with.
I genuinely believe that this is a spiritual and mental matter as much as it is physical. I’m so grateful for reflection, sharing, and communication as I learn and change. Getting to share the main points of this Sunday’s message with my Mom – and what God is teaching me – is priceless, and a white space creator. Praying for my son aloud, singing songs that edify the Lord and my spirit. This is a list of “white space creators” and I get to engage in them all, each Sunday.
A great nap is also a white space creator. Like a nap for ME. I laid down for a portion of Cashel’s nap and rested myself. I find I am more productive and positive when I am rested.
Fellowship and time with friends, who are like-minded, is also a “white space creator” for me. I find myself inspired, motivated, and encouraged. All things that create white space in my life.
time with like-minded friends
Are all white space creators for me. Valuable ways to spend my time, and are genuinely fruitful activities. Prioritizing and intentionality are key factors in creating white space.