Hunker Down Mode

Every so often it seems we get ourselves in over our heads, and this is when my husband and I call it time to hunker down. It is funny how comforting it can be knowing that this is just a phase, a season of time that won’t last forever. If we just keep plowing ahead, we’re bound to come out on the other side eventually. Sometimes it is just a pile on the desk that must be dealt with. But that is usually in conjunction with other unforeseen events that require attention and time. Right now I think our children are all in hunker down mode, with more to do than should be humanly possible, or with a normal load but abnormal circumstances that makes the normal seem above and beyond. In due time, all will be back on track. But in the meantime, hunkering down means trudging right on through.

One of those hunker down times that I remember was when my husband was helping convert an old roller-rink into the present location of Logos School. One night he got home at eleven, and without thinking I said something like, “You’re home early tonight!” Then I realized how funny that was. I had adjusted to the hunker down mode more than I realized.

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11 thoughts on “Hunker Down Mode

  1. thank you…sometimes it feels like being in that mode is somehow a failure…which i equate with sinfulness, but i guess it depends on what your attitude towards God and the people around you when you are in it…sigh…always back to attitude.

  2. Mrs. Wilson,
    You have a knack for writing, on the very day, just the advice I need. I’m in semi-hunker down mode right now with various things, but I was not really thinking of the whole scheme of things, i.e. that I’ll come out on the other side some time in the near future. I was thinking more of the here and now (how am I going to get through this; I have to do this and this and this and then I’ll be able to get this dealt with, etc,) which is not the best way to hunker down.

    Thank you for the encouragement. It is needed!

  3. I’ve been in hunker down mode for the last 8 months (I’ve had a pretty tough pregnancy so far). It’s times like these that I reread your posts on contentment! :-)

    It’s funny how your pride makes you want to seem to everyone else that you’re actually doing fine, but how freeing it can be when people realize that you can do with a bit of help and actually pitch in and help.

  4. Nancy, I can not tell you how many times the Lord has used you to speak to me. I am truly in one of those “Hunker Down” times right now, and it is amazing how timely your blog posts usually are for my life. Thanks for your encouragement!
    Blessings, Lisa J.

  5. Does this ever resonate with me right now! I’ve told my husband some day this time in our lives will be a tiny piece of life to laugh at in remembrance. I definitely want this odd point to be remembered as amusing, not embarrassing, which I try to remember when I want to be down or grumpy about it.

  6. We’re looking forward to coming out of our latest hunker-down mode. If you can just see the light at the end of the tunnel, you can make it. A little perspective always helps. :)

  7. Nancy,
    Thank you so much for the reminder that there are times in our lives when we just need to push through and trust God to give us what we need to deal with the circumstances we are in. My husband and I just joined the “Two under two” club, moved to a new house, he is starting school, and I am back at (online) work. There is ever so much to do and all of it seems to be labeled, “Urgent!”
    Thank you again for the timely post!

  8. It is funny to me how dramatic life really is. But we often think it should be uneventful. When God hands us a bag full, we begin to feel overwhelmed and a bit nutty. It is good to be reminded that even the nutty has a normalcy to it. Everyone has season of it. And even crazy has a method to it’s madness. There is nothing God can not make us ready for, nothing!

  9. Boy, this certainly couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s encouraging to know we’re not the only ones!

  10. I crossed paths with a woman (Joy Lamb) who had spoken to our Bible Study a few years ago. I reminded her that she had “given us permission”
    to take a break from a regimented schedule of study and sometimes just rest with the Lord. She did not remember giving that advice but her eyes lit up as she took in the advice for herself. She said it was just what she needed to hear this season in her life. The echoes of wisdom.

  11. Huh, wow! Here’s me in the middle of the world’s most legendary ever hunkering. It’s nice to know I’m not alone :) To the last few yards of the tunnel, onwards!

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