The front door flies open and all six children pull off shoes. “It’s raining!” they yell.
Thank you Jesus for the rain. An excuse to curl up and close out the world for a few hours. Just us.
I offer popcorn and a movie. They ask for candy, please. Who wants to watch a movie without candy, anyway?
We make a quick run to the store and the RedBox and I score a comedy we haven’t seen. I whisper another thank you. Not only is He the Giver of the rain, He is also the giver of movies and popcorn and candy. He has read my heart and been generous with His blessings today.
I stand in the kitchen popping popcorn the old fashioned kind of way. Oil and kernels in a pot on the stove. I am counting out gummy worms and Sugar Babies and making sure the Mike and Ikes are divided equally.
Elli has closed the blinds and sent our friends home for the afternoon. My introverted child needs some down time and so does her mama.
We pull out blankets and the house is quiet for the first time all week. And I have a God moment.
It’s good and right for us to just be us sometimes.
We need to close up the house and settle in and be quiet together. It’s healthy. And Jesus modeled it.
The guilt I feel each time I shut the door and close the blinds is a lie.
Even when little people stand at my door and knock all afternoon.
Lord, may I learn to set boundaries and still be You with skin on. I still have a ways to go…