“Go to your corner.”
This little corner was born out of giving up my desk to the youngest for pandemic schooling. My desk was (is) small and adorable and the best choice without spending money to give my daughter independent work space in her bedroom.
At first I was a bit bummed to lose my cute work corner, but I moved stuff around and think I love the corner even more. Sure, I lost some drawer and desk utility, but… perhaps utility is overrated and time out has never felt more peaceful. If only one good thing comes from this pandemic… ?
This corner has become the quiet place in the morning where I read, pray, study… stare.
On the day I took this photo I sent myself to my corner because I had a trigger moment and my mind was doing that thing where it tells you lies about who you are and how valuable you are (or rather, are not)… You know, the part of your mind where you say all the things to the people who have hurt you… you imagine all they must be saying/did say behind your back?
It’s the part of your mind that thinks the worst of everyone, but mostly of yourself – and before you know it your spirit is covered with darkness and you just… ?
My mind was working super hard to spin out of control, and out of the blue, almost as if there was an audible record scratch, I lifted my head. I took a deep breath and heard the words, “go to your corner”.
So I did.
I went to my corner to pray, and in the words of 2 Corinthians 10:5, I went to “… take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Paired with the reminder of the whatevers of Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” … I sat and worked to change the direction of the destructive river of words rushing hard and fast to tear me down.
Do you have a corner?
It doesn’t have to be a spot that is designed or even cute (my own corner is just a couple weeks old). You don’t need a LITERAL corner to take a little time out. You can stop and change the direction of that familiar river of lies and distraction that rage from time to time. Maybe that place is on the floor, leaning against a kitchen cabinet (been there)… maybe it’s in the car for a few minutes – behind the wheel after you put it in park and the kids have all rushed into the house (been there)… maybe it’s while sitting on the toilet (yep, been there too).
Where are some other places you can take a time out? On a walk? Watering plants? Bed? Closet?
All that to say, just don’t let that river sweep you away. Don’t let that river start raging and rob not only your joy, but the joy of those you live with. Remember your corner, retreat to it and even if it’s for 3 minutes, use those few moments to take those thoughts captive and give them up to the One who has the strength to bear it all ❤️?
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