I think to anyone who has spent their fare share of time with me, the thought or proposal that I am actually an introvert may seem about as absurd as snow in the middle of July. I am, after all, a not so quiet, quite lively, love to entertain and have people over sorta Mama. My house has been *full* for the bulk of my married life and I don't see it emptying out anytime soon.
So, why the introvertedness? (I think I just made up a new word!)
Even though I am a complete people person, and totally love being surrounded by people I can serve, minister to and enjoy life with, I have come to a point in life where I have found that time alone, in the midst of silence is truly where I am recharged.
Someone once told me that being an introvert or extrovert has nothing to do with being the life of the party (as an extrovert) or a complete wallflower (as an introvert). It has everything to do with how we find ourselves re-energized for another day/task/etc. With that definition in tow, I have decided I most certainly an introvert.
I love hosting and having my home busting with life, laughter and a lot of noise.
But I love even more the stillness that comes after the last guest leaves our home and I am once again in the solitude and peace our home is founded on.
I love being with closest friends, arranging play dates for my wee ones and running around like a madwoman while I play duck, duck goose or Freeze Tag with the kids around the neighborhood.
But I love even more the silence found after the kids have gone to sleep, and there is nothing speaking besides the candle I light daily to remind me that we are the light of the world.
I love snuggling and watching movies. And I love jumping up and down with musical instruments in tow during our praise and devotional time.
But my favorite time of the day is when I get to shut everything off and be still.
I love Church and fellow-shipping with the saints.
But I love even more spending quiet, focused time with my Savior. I find I connect more with Him there than I do in large gatherings.
I never thought my soul would delight in stillness, silence and solitude. But is there friend where I have learned I find my rest and peace. It is in the stillness and solitude I have truly met my Bridegroom King and can deeply connect with His goodness.
That being said, it is quite obvious I am introvert.
Loud. Crazy. Opinionated. Always making you come over Nicole is actually an introvert.
HA! Who woulda thunk?