Playing on Purpose

Dear friend,

I’m writing you this letter because I know you are busy. You are a busy woman. You are a leader. You get things done. You are a go-getter and a high-capacity leader. Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to read this. I’m about to share with you a very raw, awakening moment for me.

As I walked through the door after work one day, I put my bags down in their usual spot. My mind was going through the check-list of the ingredients I needed to make dinner, and I was abruptly interrupted with…

“Mooooooommy! Do you have a meeting tonight?”

“Nope.”

My four-year old continued…“Do you have a meeting or event or con-fa-fence?”

(say it like a four-year old miniature Princess Jasmine would, with her big brown eyes looking at me, filled with anticipation and one hand on her tiny hip!)

“Nope. I’m home tonight.” I stooped down to receive a giant hug and uncontrollable giggles.

Her words pierced my heart, but I took a deep breath and responded: “I’ll start making dinner, and you get out something that we can play together, your dolls, paints, a board game, whatever you like!”

“Yeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaa!! OK!” and she dashed off to complete her new assignment!

The innocent question she asked me provoked my thoughts to wander. Am I too busy to play with my baby? When was the last time I saw my friends and just hung out? When did I schedule time to date my husband?

I have learnt to play on purpose.

 
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That night after putting my kids to bed I opened up my calendar and scheduled dates with people I longed to play with. I do this often for my kids when I schedule play dates! Ha! Here I was scheduling play dates for myself. If I don’t put it in the calendar, it won’t happen. I scheduled times for going to a movie, going for walks on the beach, hanging out at a café, paddle boarding, and FaceTime calls with a cup a tea with those that live so far from me! Being intentional with playtime would allow me to create memories with the people in my life that I love so dearly.

Playing on purpose creates meaningful memories.

In Proverbs 31:25, a woman who fears the Lord is described as someone who laughs. When is the last time you laughed? Like tears rolling down your cheeks, gut in a knot, deep belly laughing?

She carries joy. She is purposeful and intentional. She is hardworking, yet enjoys life.

I never want to get to a place where I am hardworking and not enjoying life on this planet. So I learnt busy is a norm for me, as far as I can remember, my time has been a limited resource. However, busy is not an excuse to not do the things I love, or be with the people I love most.

What are some things you love to do? Who are people that you love so much and haven’t spent time with? How can you schedule intentional play time?

I’m not an expert, just a woman, a leader, and a busy person constantly reflecting and learning life lessons and then, as messy and real as they are, I share them with my friends.

Hope you plan some play time!

xo

anne

By Anne Miranda

Born and raised in Canada with a Lebanese heritage, Anne understands the challenges and beauty of being a first-generation Canadian. Anne is passionate about seeing the lives of women transformed by Jesus and loves encouraging others to reach their full potential as they advance the kingdom of God in their lives. She loves the Bible and is dedicated to training up women to be students of the scriptures as she directs the women’s ministry at Village Church in Surrey, British Columbia.

Anne and her husband Carlos have been married for eleven years and are parents to Nathaniel and Hannah. She enjoys walks on the beach, cheerleading really loud at her kids sporting events, and exploring new cafés.

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