Five Minute Friday scribblings, Marriage

Relief: Connecting With Loved Ones

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By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—RELIEF. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!

RELIEF

This past weekend, amid a season of crazy, my husband and I got away for an overnight celebration of our anniversary.

We walked the streets of a nearby city, visiting shops unlike the ones close to where we live. We ate in local restaurants. We talked.

We laughed.

In a season of busy-ness, this time for just the two of us was sweet relief.

To not have two adorable boys demanding a piece of us. As much as I love our guys, they need me almost all the time—talking with me, sometimes me teaching them, always me listening. It’s what I love about being a mom.

But at times it makes me weary.

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To get away—to spend time with the man I’ve vowed to spend the rest of my life with? Sweet relief.

Connecting through words, hands held, laughter. . .

Connecting on what is going on in each of our lives—more than the, “How was your day?”

Connecting on a heart level? Sweet relief.

Knowing he shares my burdens for our family, my writing, our lives together.

Knowing I can lift his burdens to the Lord in prayer . . .

Gives relief for both of us.

Getting away and not having to do anything. Choosing what we wanted to do on the spur of the moment gave me a refreshed perspective when we got back into real life.

Relief comes in many forms. I believe the Lord knows what relief needs to look like for each of us.

Whether it’s a break from care-giving, a break from the job, or a break from life-as usual—He gives us opportunities to know His relief. To experience His help with our burdens.

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When we purpose to spend time with Him, God gives us relief and prepares us for our days.

And, there are those days or series of days when relief comes in the tangible forms of rest. Breathing. Breaks from the norm.

Sweet relief.

Ours for the taking if we look for the opportunities God offers us . . . to lean into those moments.

What about you? What gives you relief in your days? What does your picture of relief look like?

Visit Kate Motaung’s blog to read her post on Relief.

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14 thoughts on “Relief: Connecting With Loved Ones”

  1. There is something about time away… More than a date-meal, but a change of scenery and actual time! I so treasure that when we can swing it! Glad you two had such a refreshment!

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  2. Leaning into the moments when God offers relief – beautiful. They are so precious, especially when they feel far and few between. Sounds like you and your hubby had a great time savoring relief together – it’s always so good to get away and connect like that one on one. Loved your perspective on relief, Jeanne. Hugs!

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  3. Some days my relief comes during nap time, the quiet of each day gives way to relief of noise, questions, singing toys, and I sit in the stillness and allow Him to renew my heart, mind, and soul for the homestretch so I can finish. Some days I finish strong and somedays I just well finish. 🙂

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    1. Laura, I know what you mean. When my boys went down for naps, I loved the quiet. 🙂 I’m with you—some days, I finish well. Others? I just finish. Barely. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  4. As a couple who has been married almost 52 years…my relief is when I hear my husband come into the house after he has been somewhere. Or when it is the two of us and our ragdoll cat, sitting together, watching tv together. It is also (because I lived in so much chaos as a child) a relief when I feel the peace, the security, the stability…and all of this has been from The Lord.

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    1. Gloria, what a legacy. 52 years is amazing, and it’s a gift. 🙂 When my hubby’s been away, I love hearing his car pull into the garage. Love seeing our boys race to the door to see who will be the first to hug him. I love the stability and security that walks through the door when he comes home. The Lord truly is the Giver of good gifts, isn’t He? Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  5. Relief for me comes in a number of ways, but my greatest sense of it comes in the morning when my wife and I grab a cup of coffee and head to our favorite chairs. There we share about a half hour in prayer. The day just seems to come out of the starting block in peaceful place.

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    1. I love the picture of relief you paint here, Gene. Those times with your wife, praying. That intimacy of going before the throne of grace with someone we love . . . that definitely offers relief. Thank you for sharing this.

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  6. What a treat to be able to get away with your husband a bit! Those are wonderful things you can do for your marriage. I like what you said about relief comes in many different forms. Indeed it does and I am so glad to have those reminders that we need to seek Jesus for relief. Have a great week!

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    1. Carrie, it is a treat to get away with my husband. I wish it happened more often! 🙂 I’m thankful Jesus gives us opportunities to know His relief, and that He’s patient enough with me to remind me I need to seek Him daily. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    1. Andrew, it’s hard to be without internet. It means a lot that you stopped by here. Thank you for that. Know that I continue to pray about the internet situation and your health. Stone age life isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. 🙂

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