Changing Times

May 17, 2010

For those of you who do not know, my hubby, Chris, is working on his Ph.D.  Today, like we experience every few months while Chris is working on his Ph.D., we start a new rhythm of life.  Chris starts his work on a grant and his new summer semester.  With the change in his class and meeting schedule, our entire family schedule changes. 

Every few months, Chris and I sit down and plot out how we are going to make it all work- taking care of the kids, his job, his school, my job, time for me to write, time for each other, exercise, prayer time, play-time, ministry, etc.  It is always a challenge to figure out our schedule knowing we only have each other to lean on since our families are so far away.  Being completely honest, I always struggle with the routine changes because they happen so frequently.  Just when I feel I have the hang of the old one, that routine ends and a new one begins. I have to adjust to doing the same tasks just in different time periods. 

The constant change that our life has been in the past couple of years coupled with our weekly routine changing every few months gets to me sometimes.  It is during this transition period, I have to remind myself to remain rooted not in a routine or a specific role, but to remain rooted in something greater than us– to remain rooted in God. 

How do we remain rooted in God during the constant times of change? 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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