In the craziness of motherhood, it seems there is hardly any time to breathe.
Sometimes, I feel completely overwhelmed. When my to-do list keeps growing and the normal day-to-day activities continue to pile up, I may not see an end in sight.
But there is an end, there is always a way to make a change and take a breath. You may have to look hard to find it, but when you do it can be the reviving you need in that stressful day.
One way that I make sure I have a second to breathe during my day is by setting an alarm. Actually five alarms. I have set my phone alarm for 6am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. When my phone alarm goes off, I take a deep breath and say a prayer.
It has been the restart so many days when I have been struggling. It gives me a second to calm down in a moment of struggle. And as always, it seems God finds me in those crazy moments. Then my alarm will go off and remind me to pray and breathe. With that quick step back, I can see past the cloud in front of me.
Someone asked me if after a while I will get used to the alarm and just turn it off without taking that second to breathe and pray. For me, this hasn’t happened. I have been using the alarm system for over six months and so far every time the alarm goes off, even if I am busy with something else, I find myself saying a prayer and taking a deep breath.
The beauty of breathing and praying is you can always do them. Even when your hands are full doing ten things at once. A prayer and breath take nothing, but your mind, to accomplish and they can be the centering point for the next few hours.
One thing I have noticed, I find myself taking a deep breath and praying at many other times throughout the day, unprompted by my alarm. It has become a habit to do this when I am stressing out or having a hard moment. I love that this has become a part of my day, the reminder that He has it under control and there is nothing to worry about!