I Break for Serenity

There are tiny corners of my life that are serene.

Not many, but there are a few.

Moving is a big deal, maybe I knew this before I don’t remember. Of course I don’t remember anything right now.

My mind is less orderly than my house.

How, I wonder, can that BE?

At some point in the past two weeks of (first) vacation, (then) packing and moving, I got glutened.


So perhaps it’s the physiological reaction to gluten that’s pulling me under.  Or maybe it’s the basement with 27 boxes waiting to be unpacked or the upstairs with 3 bedrooms full of unpacked boxes. Whatever it is, I’m finding myself in a fog, wandering from room to room forgetting what I’m doing.

But in the confusion, I’m trying very hard to hear the God whispers and He seems to be urging me not to put my serenity on hold until my ‘world’ is under control, but to rest in the serenity I do have.

Even if it’s just a little.

So in the chaos, I’m sneaking in serenity-breaks. Pausing in one of the three places that are actually in control on Stone House Lane.

I stop.

I sit.

And take a moment to pray or journal or to read a Psalm.

Everything will get done. The gluten will leave my system. The boxes will get unpacked. The house will transform into home.

And I will have learned a little more about God’s grace.

~He is faithful~

~Sending you love my friends, love and a prayer for sweet serenity to saturate your day~


  1. says

    Your little corner…..Oh, Robin. I can feel the serenity through the picture. And just think–the best is yet to come! Take lots of time outs here, whenver you need to.

    Someone put something neat on my wall today. She doesn’t think Jesus made a to-do list. :-)

  2. Gina says

    Sadly, we have all fallen victim to forfeiting our own peace when we neglect time alone with Him. It’s so worth it…He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. :) Your spot on the porch looks heavenly. 😉

  3. says

    Oh goodness, I’ve been thinking of you! I have half a mind to jump on a plane and come out to help you … of course its literally only half a mind and oh how I wish I could come and be helpful anyway :) I’ll pray for serenity to envelope you and order to arise from the chaos… love you to the moon sweet one…

  4. says

    “I got glutened. Twice.” — Well, that made me smile!
    Your little dip into depression is quite understandable: you’ve said “good-bye” to your sanctuary filled with 23 years of love & memories. And now you’re plopped down into the chaos of rebuilding that same feeling into your new home.
    The ump-teen boxes stacked around don’t really matter — you do! your husband does! And time spent with the Author of it all on your sweetest of porches, well… that will renew you like nothing else.

  5. says

    Robin – you continue to bless each and every one of us as your world has been seemingly been turned upside down for a while. I adore reading your posts, and this one truly struck a chord in my heart. There always seems like there’s so much to do and so little time to do it….and all of a sudden, God’s been put on the back burner and we fall into bed exhausted. Thank you for this sweet reminder, my friend. God bless you for it! Remember to take things one day at a time. Take your “serenity seconds” during the day, and know that we’d all be there to help you if we could!! :)

    xoxo laurie

  6. says


    I’m just catching up and am so excited for you about your new home/sanctuary. What a thrill for you and for us as we are inspired by your creative projects and renovations.

    Be well,

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