Sunday, November 3, 2013

When Life Tells You to Slow Down

 God and life have been telling me to slow down for a while now.
Signs of wear and tear are showing.
Stress tries to win over many times.
My mind feels like it is spinning at record speeds.
And now. I have battled illness for weeks and will be battling illness for several more weeks.
It, all, started with a flu/sinus infection type illness that had me in bed for two days. It lingered as a cold for a week or so. Then my husband went away for 5 to 6 days for work within a week's time. Yep. Stress. It seemed to catch me, and I was down again. This time with flu symptoms and a crazy rash, which are supposed to be my friend for about 6 weeks.
As I embrace today's struggles, I am hearing God's gentle but loud voice,
He's sending the messages I have been hearing for a while now. You hear them too.
The signs are shouting at all of us.
Simplify. Rest. Prioritize. Declutter. Unplug.
We face the messages throughout the internet, on book titles, and all over the written and spoken world.
I've seen the messages, and my heart cries out with a loud,
"Yes! Yes, I want to do all of those things."
I want a slower, simpler, fuller life.
Life is zapping us of energy and the things we find to be most important, sometimes without us being fully aware.
Are you feeling worn out?
Are you tired of missing out on more time with your family?
Are you tired of feeling so scattered?
Are you tired of your schedule controlling you?
I am. I don't fully know the answer, but I know there is a process occurring in my life.
It will happen, bit by bit, step by step, through faith and God's grace. I don't even know how and when all will happen, but I grab God's hand and proceed forward.
Simplify. Rest. Prioritize. Declutter. Unplug.
Say those slowly.
Write them down.
Pray about them.
Establish goals.
Move forward, one bit at a time.

1 comment:

  1. Prayers for you my friend! I hope you feel much better soon. It's not always easy to slow down but God will help you through it. Hugs!