A week of house sitting taught me that I don’t like solitude as much as I thought I did. Since I was about 15 or 16, I often isolated myself because I felt ashamed of my struggle with an eating disorder. But then, the Lord really drew me out of that isolation, and I started to love the fellowship around food again; I started to love being around my family and not feeling ashamed of food or my body.
House sitting taught me another layer of why I LOVE solitude, but I don’t love it all the time.
If you look at the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, He did go aside into a desert place to be alone with His Father, but He didn’t do that for the majority of the ministry that’s recorded in the gospels.
House sitting is interesting. It’s taught me the VALUE of fellowship, the BEAUTY of community, and the gift of precious friendship.
So now what were those lessons?
#1) It’s taught me that I need to slow down and I don’t always need to be WORKING, working, working, on cleaning or cooking or dogs. I can write a blog post. I can take a book and sit on the floor and just read.
#2) It’s taught me that there is so much joy in family that loves Jesus. Last week on Friday, I was pretty lonely and just feeling sad. So I texted my mama and asked her to pray for me. The next day they came over in the afternoon and literally just hung out with me.
#3) Don’t be alone when you’re mentally struggling. Reach out to people. Text them or something; don’t let the devil let you live in the lie that you’re alone.
Be OK with other’s helping you bear your burdens.
Galatians 6:2, ‘Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.’
#4) Get outside. It is ESSENTIAL to be outside in God’s creation and just refresh yourself, walking beside still waters, dancing in green pastures (or brown pastures like Colorado in the winter time).
#5) BE WITH PEOPLE, even if you don’t think you ‘need’ them. Trust me. You do. You do need them, and that’s a humbling realization. People are a gift from God, not a curse.
Yes there are sinners all around us, but you and I are also sinners. And we need Jesus Christ’s love through the body of Christ.
#6) Be in God’s Word. Listen to things. Meditate on Scripture. I’ve been meditating on Psalm 116 and loved Psalm 119:1-88 this morning. Psalm 116 incredibly encouraged me during a particularly hard, dark night last Friday.
#7) House sitting is quite the adventure. It feels weird taking care of a house and wanting to be really responsible for it; I’ve never had my own house, so this really bumped up my responsibilities this week.
What’s my point with all of this?
I’m a ‘Go-go’ girl, but the Lord used this week of house sitting to make me go ‘slow, slow.’ I resonated deeply with Megan’s post about slowing down especially after this week.
Going forward I want to encourage you all that it’s okay to SLOW down in your own house.
It’s ok to slow down in your own daily work grind and watch a Great British Baking Show.
It’s ok to eat ramen for dinner and not make a big elaborate dinner.
It’s ok to reach out to people and say that you’re lonely and kind of ask them to come be with you.
Is it hard for you to slow down in your own house? What are things you do to slow down?
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