August 15, 2014

Life // Slowing Down.

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Dust particles slowly passing through the room as the grey sky begins to turn brighter. Our dogs waking up, stretching and yawning as their little tummies begin to growl. Sean breathing heavily in his sleep with a little snore every now and then. A cool fan blowing a soft breeze and swirling around the smell of fresh linens.
This morning, I paid more attention to the small things. Because honestly, its so easy to have zero attention to small things. We live in a world where we are on time schedules 24/7. We have our early morning routines and our plans already planned out for the weekend. So instead of running myself this weekend, I've decided to make myself slow down and enjoy the small things again. I love stopping to take notice because its a refreshment in a way. It makes me realize how truly blessed we are, how content things are.
I love to be still and see His creations, to feel His presence.
 
Psalm 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

As you may have noticed, I haven't been blogging all five days this week. I've decided to only blog three (possibly four) days a week. With my full time job and almost full time school, I don't want to cram myself. I need to have my quiet time and I need to slow things down and enjoy rather than keeping myself on this tight schedule. I hope you will still follow along and I think it will also be great for my blog. A continued love will be for blogging than a "I have to blog" feeling.
 
Sean has been leading me spiritually more than ever. I have never felt so challenged as I have felt this past month and it just grows my love for him even more. I see him stopping all he does to spend time in the word and read in his Priority Time book. It makes me realize that the laundry can wait and that I really need to put my number one priority into His word as well.
 
Colossians 3:2 
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."

At this point in my life, I feel like I am going through a deep spiritual growing. I grew up throughout my life focusing on religion than a relationship with Christ. I would stress myself out for not being good enough. Since we have joined our new church, I have learned that I am good enough, that I don't have to be perfect to have any deep relationship with Christ. I have really been transitioning myself from this train of thought. I've always been a Christian, but in a way I feel like I am just now becoming a true Christian and learning what it is all about, if that makes sense. I thought I was the only one going through this but Sean showed me a sermon back from last year that one of our preachers did called Unstuck.
So thankful for that boy.
The sermons are about persevering, about following Christ, about spending time with Him and about gaining a relationship. To focus all on Him than on these things on earth. These things on earth are just things. We go through life thinking we need this car, this outfit, this job, this thing in order to be happy. But after the excitement of receiving this "thing" goes away, then what?
Nothing can satisfy us like Christ satisfied us. Nothing will make us content except for a strong relationship with Him and Him only.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 
"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
 
So, rather than being on a tight schedule, rather than thinking I need to do this or that instead of my priority time, its stopping. How can I be a good wife to my husband, a good example for others, a loving person and a good mother to my future babies if I don't spend time with Christ? He is the one that makes all paths straight, He is the one who will take me where I need to go in life. Without Him, I cant do anything on my own and I cant plan my life on my own. So rather than having this busyness in my life, rather than driving myself crazy by literally becoming exhausted, I will slow down. I will take note of the small things than completely missing them.

We have a pretty packed weekend ahead of us from a birthday cookout tonight, one of my best friend's wedding on Saturday followed by church and a baby shower on Sunday. I cant wait to just slow down and look around the room at how happy everyone is and how blessed we are to be surrounded by the ones we love and I highly encourage you to do the same this weekend.
Grab a blanket, go to a park and read in His word. Go sit on a hill and marvel at these creations. Close your eyes and listen to your loved ones around you. Take time to talk with someone than just walking right by. Stop worrying about what to do this afternoon or what tomorrow will bring. 
 Just spend time with Christ
Just look at all the blessings surrounding you
Just be still.

Psalm 1: 1-3 
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of the mockers, but those whose delight is in the law of the Lord and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers."

6 comments:

  1. I saw the first sentence starting with "dust particles" and I was like....what!?
    I can relate to this post. The Lord has been challenging me in ways similar to yours. And I don't mind if you only blog a few days a week...so do I! ;)

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  2. p.r.e.a.c.h.
    girl we are on the same page.
    the. same. page.
    I've loved Jesus for a long time - but I have never felt worthy (which we really aren't, but when we are covered with His blood we are more than worthy)...and I've always felt the pull to a 'legalistic view" where I have to do everything right to really feel Gods love. and that just isn't right or true.
    <3
    great points today.
    and slow down, enjoy where you are, and keep learning and sharing as you go!

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  3. I can totally relate to this right now girl! I love your attitude and your heart. Thank you for encouraging me :)

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  4. I love the honesty in this post. I can completely agree with taking time to slow down. Also I have been struggling with my quiet time. We have been looking at churches around town and haven't found anything that we enjoy.

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  5. Girl, you've got such a beautiful heart! And this was the encouragement I needed to day :) It's easy to get caught in the busyness and stress of the day, but so much of that could be prevented (or at least handled with more grace) if my day is started with Jesus. "Be still and know..." How powerful would that be if we truly took it to heart? I can't wait to find out!

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