When our daughter Abi had turned 3, she was just about out of the whining/crying stage that all 0-3s go through. It was a great couple of months of somewhat regular sleep schedules and quiet nights. Then Clay was born. For the next 3 years we would be trying to get him past the whining/crying stage. During those six consecutive years of sleep deprivation and irregular schedules from when Abi was born to when Clay was finally on a good sleep schedule, there were definitely times that I needed to get away by myself.
I am not the only one in history to feel the need to slip off to an isolated place. In Matthew 14:23, Jesus does that very thing. The Bible says, "After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone."
Jesus didn't just wander off to get his head straight. He purposefully went up to a quiet place by himself to pray. During this second week of Lent, I want to challenge you to do the same. Seek out a quiet, isolated space and pray. I know for parents, this will mean arranging schedules so one of you can watch the kids while the other one goes, but I believe the reward, the intimate time with God will bring much nourishment to your soul.
Now go and seek,