I wrote this poem last year, not only for myself but for others, especially those who are mothers with young children. I remember mid-afternoon to be a time when kids were fussy and I was tired. Often, I wondered how I would have enough strength to make supper and finish out the day. Maybe you can identify. I hope you enjoy my mid-afternoon thoughts.
When mid-afternoon is near,
Are you filled with cheer?
Or is worry creeping in
filling you with fear?
Lunch seems hours in the past.
Time is moving fast.
So much work left to be done
Will the daylight last?
Cannot take a break you say,
Work must last all day.
I say that you need a pause
taking time to pray.
Thank God for the morning sun,
and for things you’ve done
in the first part of the day.
Now take time for fun.
Thank God for His love for you
and your fam’ly, too.
Ask for strength to finish well
all you need to do.
Back to work when you’re refreshed
Know that you are blessed.
With joy prepare your dinner
Then take time to rest.
May you take time to pause today. Sometimes it only takes a few minutes to make a big difference in how the rest of the day proceeds. Would you pray this prayer with me?
Thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for sunshine and shadows.
May we take time to pause in our busyness to whisper a prayer of thanksgiving.
May we see You in the ordinary routines of our day.
Bless our lives and those of our families.
May we seek to glorify You in all we do.
In the precious name of Jesus, I pray.
What do you do to help you get through the day when mid-afternoon arrives and you are feeling out of energy? What do you do to help you get through the day when mid-afternoon arrives and you are feeling out of energy? I’d love to hear your thoughts!