The JOY Challenge: Day 27 – Cracks in Time

I’m deliberately looking for joy for forty days. To start from day one click here.

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I am naturally a busy person. I would like to be one of those peaceful, wistful types who know how to take life in stride. But instead I tend to speed through it, focused and fast.

As a child, I remember setting a goal to ride my bike around the block 100 times. No one told me to do this. I simply did it…wheels whirring beneath me, wind in my air, feeling happy and tired all at once.

I haven’t changed that much.

After finishing grad school, publishing a book, and helping launch a new site, people keep telling me, “Holley, it’s time for you to take a break. Just relax.”

I try. Good grief, I try. (And, yes, I realize there’s something really ironic about trying THAT HARD to relax.)

It feels as if there are cracks in my schedule. And I’m insistent on plugging them. I fear my life will get a leak if I have five minutes of nothing.

But lately, I’ve started letting some of those cracks in time stay.

And I’ve discovered something.

Come close, I’ll whisper it to you…

Those aren’t cracks; they’re doors.

They let in the love of my husband when we sit on our porch together on a cool fall evening. They allow the laughter of friends to slip into my life more often. They enable me to reach out and reconnect with family.

And in all those moments comes the One who matters most.

When I shut the door to the open spaces of my life I leave no room for Him to enter.

It’s a truth I struggle with every single day.

You will fill me with joy in Your presence. Psalm 16:11

Lord, may we see the cracks in our schedules as opportunities for you to come into our lives. May the doors of our hearts be open to you. Draw us to you in the stillness and whisper, “I have come. I am here. I am enough.” Amen. 

Would you like to join me in the Joy challenge? Today please share if you ever struggle with being too busy (a joy stealer) and what helps. I’m having random giveaways for people who comment or subscribe during the forty days. And you never know when it could be you…  

About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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