I love to journal and it is one of the tools that help me stay emotionally healthy since my first bout of depression sixteen years ago. However, I have recently (and accidentally) added a new, non-written, mode of processing my day and spending time with the Lord while………..washing dishes!
Up until we moved in October I had a large dishwasher so I loaded all of the dishes up and kept up my fast pace of life, missing an opportunity for reflection and prayer. Our new home only has room for a small built in dishwasher, so instead of running it multiple times a day, I hand wash the larger dishes. I need to be gently hand washed and made clean from my day.
I have found my dishwashing time therapeutic, as most nights I am able to have 10-15 minutes of limited interruption and I love it! Every night is different (and truth be told, some nights the dirty dishes sit in the sink until morning!) but I am learning to find ways to connect with the Lord in the midst of my day, instead of trying to add one more thing. Who needs one more thing to do?! Plus, I find shorter, more frequent times with the Lord keep me focused on Him and aware of His Presence. I crave His life giving Presence.
While we all need to be connected to the Lord, those of us on the hidden disability journey often require extra strength and grace on a daily basis. We need to combat the fear, disappointment, and frustration that attempt to invade our lives and make us dry. I am thirsty for Living Water.
Let’s be creative in finding time to process our thoughts and feelings (vent if needed) and stay connected with the Lord. If you are inclined, please share what you have found helpful, no matter how simple, to prime the pump and encourage others.
Your fellow traveler,