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April 25, 2014

When life feels overwhelming, chillax!

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Ah, peace ... that wonderful calm that often follows a period of hectic activity, a time of war or a season of storms. It is sometimes elusive. It is sometimes overlooked, but it is often desired, and it is always necessary in order to renew, restore or rebuild the many avenues of life. Whether it’s physical, mental or spiritual, our lives need times of peace in order to remain balanced and healthy.

One of the top definitions of peace is “freedom from disturbance; quiet, tranquility.” It sounds wonderful, but, sometimes, we have to actively “pursue” peace or learn to recognize and take advantage of tranquil moments when they present themselves. Sometimes, we must choose to make time to relax, especially when life feels overwhelming or endlessly busy.

A few years ago, a common colloquial term for relaxation was “chill out” “just chill” or a combination of the words chill and relax: “chillax.” When my son Kyle was a teen, “chillax” was one of his favorite expressions, and he used it frequently throughout his high school years.

I confess to you, the first time I ever heard the word, I was in the middle of one of my motherly rants, incessantly reminding him to do something. (I refuse to call it “nagging.”) Kyle, calmly and politely said to me, “Mother, ‘chillax’ — I’ve got this.” I stopped mid-sentence and cracked up laughing. At that precise moment, it sounded like the most reasonable, practical thing I could do in the situation, and yes, my son completed the task at hand.

I like to look at this time of year as the “space between holidays.” After weeks of planning and preparing for Easter or Passover, it’s nice to take a moment to rest and recover from all the work that went into their celebration. The first round of spring holidays is behind us, but life and all of its busy requirements still goes on: Work, school, practice, rehearsal, meetings, mortgages, etc..

You may still have decorations up around your home. Chillax and appreciate them a while longer. You don’t have to pack up everything all at once!

Your Easter lilies may just be opening up to full bloom. Chillax. Savor their fragrance and appreciate their beauty. Don’t worry about putting them in the garden right this minute.

I invite you to make moments in the midst of your hectic life to chillax in your own personal way. Whether it’s savoring a cup of herbal tea, watching your favorite sports team, reading a great book or simply being awestruck by the millions of stars in the night sky, take a moment, and be relaxed and renewed.

I have found that praying during quiet moments invites the peace of God and allows Him to restore my soul. The chorus of an old hymn by Warren D. Cornell still resonates with many congregations whenever I have used it in the service:

“Peace, peace wonderful peace, coming down from the Father of love;

Sweep over my spirit forever I pray in fathomless billows of love.”

In his daily devotional “I Lift Up My Soul” Charles Stanley writes,“God wants to transform your life through the process of prayer … you experience the peace from knowing that God is in control … your anxiety melts away as you learn to trust Him.”

I hope you will make time in your life to chillax today.

Jackie Davis is an inspirational vocalist, musician and speaker with over 20 years of television broadcast experience. Her column is published on a bi-weekly basis. Contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com.