writing for children

Me, myself and I and a girl’s night out!

Last Saturday evening, I pulled out of the driveway, not sure of where I was going, what I was going to do or how long I’d be.

It didn’t matter.

I was alone.

And I was happy.

*a little backstory*  I have the privilege of being a part of a writer’s group that gets together once a month for about 3 hours. I love that group. I look forward to that meeting. Sometimes, I even count down the hours until it’s time to go. But I was feeling physically ill last Friday night…the night of our meeting. I opted to stay home rather than share any possible bugs with my writing buddies. And thus, missed out on my “night out”. *sigh*

If you know me at all, then you know very important “family time” is to me. I love my hubby and three beautiful girls . I enjoy homeschooling them and seeing them grow in wisdom and stature. I love going and doing adventurous things with Sean and the girls…and I love just hanging out at the house with them, too. So why would I need a night out?

Because I do.

I need time to rejuvenate. I need time to be renewed. I need time to relax. I need time to have my batteries recharged so I can be who I need to be for my family.

I know there are folks out there who don’t ever need that time.  They amaze me!  Strangely enough, I have allowed myself to feel guilty when I’ve finally had some “me” time. I worried I was being selfish. I wondered if everything was okay at home. And I have, in the past, ruined my “night out” by rushing myself to get home.

But this time. NO…not this time!

I walked leisurely down the aisles.

I tried on clothes without having to worry that little hands would open the dressing room door while I was still in my bra.

And even though there was no one there to constantly pick up things and explain to me why I HAVE to buy something that they clearly don’t  need me to buy — I had the wherewithall to  find some really cool stuff for my kids. (that was an awfully long sentence. but it can’t be helped.)

btw – I did all this at Goodwill. Yes, I said Goodwill. If you haven’t gone yet, you might want to try it. It’s a treasure trove, I tell you!

I was only gone for a couple of hours. But it felt like 24 — in a good way.  🙂 

I came home better than I left.

Rejuvenated. Revived. Renewed.

Yet strangely- I am keenly aware that this was only a drop in the bucket compared to the rejuvenation that takes place when I spend time alone with the Lord. I am reminded of the verse from Song of Solomon 2:10, “My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.” 

Wow. I had such a great time  – but I can’t fool myself for long. That is only going to last a little bit. I need the constant “away” time with the Lord in order to stay filled up with that freedom and joy of life. I have to have that time in order to be who I am called to be!

So, I’ll be planning more nights out. I’ll be counting down the days. BUT…more than that – I’ll be planning time alone with HIM. Time that is unhurried. Time that is spent just sitting and enjoying who HE is. Time that is spent renewing, rejuvenating and reviving myself…in HIM.


5 thoughts on “Me, myself and I and a girl’s night out!

    1. Thank you, my friend. I’m trying to be more intentional about blogging. It’s a great chance for me to write…and hopefully to hear and share what the Lord desires for me to share!



  1. Good for you, Donna! Ain’t nothing wrong with some me time!

    (Let’s see if Jean can keep herself from correcting the grammar in that one 🙂 )


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