"For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation" (Psalm 149:4).

Are you too busy completing your curriculum to let your homeschooler play? During my first years of homeschooling, I foolishly lived under the pressure of completing our workbooks. I traded my children's playtime for finishing every problem and watched as they became more frustrated with this routine. Realizing something was wrong, I thought, "Why aren't they enjoying school anymore?" The next day as I struggled to finish math with my son, I saw we were getting nowhere. Finally, I stopped and said, "Why don't we just go for a walk and play in the park this afternoon?"

Immediately, my children's countenances changed, and they excitedly responded, "Really, Mom? Yes, let's go!"

Leaving schoolwork behind, we packed the car and headed to the park. After playing only a few minutes, I saw my children's stress levels drop as they enjoyed the slides, merry-go-round, swings, and teeter-totter. Laughing and giggling, the smiles came back, and I knew the answer to my teaching problems. Homeschooling was more than just completing workbooks. It was also taking time for a walk in the park.

As Christians, we forget that God enjoys spending time with us, too. We get involved in doing things for God, when all He wants is for us to enjoy being with Him. Yes, serving the Lord is wonderful, but we must also take time to walk with God and experience the sweet joy of His loving presence. If you find yourself doing too much, perhaps it's time to take a break and enjoy a Mary moment at Jesus' feet.

Lord, thank You for Your love and the joy of being Your child. Teach me to relax in Your love and enjoy every moment with You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.