With the house coming together, the extreme fatigue has lessened and I finally had time to sit down and read a magazine last night. After the last two weeks, the title of the first article caught my attention, ” The Rewards of Relaxation,” by Margaret Renkl. It was a fascinating read about the differences between the relaxation techniques of men and women. Men come home from a horrendous day at the office and sit in front of the TV, motionless, for hours, doing nothing. NOTHING. When was the last time you sat down in front of the TV and just watched TV? Invariably, this is the time to fold the laundry, straighten up the toy box, read a magazine, or do needlework. “Women, and particularly mothers, are capable of activating several areas of the brain simultaneously,” says Marianne J. Legato, M.D., “far more than is the case with men.” However, we do ourselves a great disservice by all this constant activity in the areas of our health, creativity, relationships, and spiritual well-being. God’s desire is for us to quit striving and seek Him: Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders. Job 37:14. Another reminder echoes in Psalm 46:10a, Be still, and know that I am God. If the stress of constant busyness, herding children from one activity to another, or the never ending list of to-do’s keep us from time to be alone and quiet, we will not hear the still small voice of God’s leading in our lives. Take the advice we give our children – sit still!