08 December 2009

Slowing Down and Enjoying our Family

You know you are getting old when thoughts such as these mean something to you!!  Or maybe you don't have to be old to understand wisdom when you see it.  But for me, I've always been slow to learn.  I'm thinking I may be getting over the slow learner stigma as each day passes because I see things and feel things sharper than I ever used to.  Here is a blog post that pretty much says it all for me at this time in my life when my little ones are growing up around me and flying off to pastures of their own.  During my days of having many little ones around me I didn't take notice of the "little" things as much as I should have or could have.  If only I weren't such a slow learner!!

I got permission from Michelle over at She Looketh Well to share her words here.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Each moment I have with these children.
Each moment I have to honor and submit to my husband.
Each moment I am given to love and serve another.
Each moment I pray or sing or praise.

Do I realize that each and every moment in time is ripe and full with eternal destiny? Am I going to continue on with my frenetic pace or am I going to slow down, be aware of the moments?
Is it worth speeding through the moments of life just to get one more thing accomplished?
I’m tired of missing out on the awareness of the eternal destiny in these moments, because there is so much to do.

Whose voice am I listening to when I hear, ‘accomplish more, be better, get more?’ Go, go, go!? Have I bought into the American lie of ‘you can have it all?' I wonder at what cost? What does it cost me to have it all? Does it possibly cost me my health, my children, relationships, the eternal destiny of each moment?

Does Jesus drive and push me to do more? Or is that the voice of the enemy? Jesus never seemed to be in a hurry. He walked everywhere He went. He wasn’t too busy for ‘interruptions’ like people needing healing or teaching.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters . . . In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved in quietness and trusting confidence shall be your strength . . . Come to Me all you who are weary, I will cause you to rest.

No, I don’t believe Jesus is behind this crazy pace. Am I willing to listen to the Voice of my Good Shepherd instead of the voice in my head, or the the voice of our culture? 

I have gotten into the habit to actually whisper a prayer each day and ask the Lord to bless my eyes to see and my heart to feel the joys and happiness that can only be found within the walls of my own home.  I have to say too, that since I have been actually praying for that I have been blessed beyond measure and so thankful my eyes are slowing opening.


Cinnamon said...

What a great post~ isn't it wonderful to see God inside your own home :-)


Ritsumei said...

These are some beautiful thoughts, beautifully expressed. I linked to you.

Ruby said...

thanks for reposting that Tricia. It is certainly easy to get so caught up in the hectic pace of life, that we miss the sweetness of day to day living. What a blessing that we have found out in time, eh? Have a wonderful time enjoying your wonderful family! I am relishing this break and taking to heart what you have said here.

busymomof10 said...

I read this over at She Looketh Well, but received a double blessing by reading it again today on your blog. Thanks for sharing! I suppose we moms of many need to read this every morning to remind ourselves to slow down and enjoy our children, focus on our husbands, and savor our lives just as they are, as time is so fleeting, and we will soon wish to have these moments back again!

busymomof10 said...

Have I told you how much I love your blog?? Keep up the good work! :)

Trinity Mommy said...

Your post spoke dearly to my heart!!! I just finished reading "Make Me Like Jesus" by Michael Phillips and its message was very similar. I pray and ask Father to make me more like Jesus day by day, the chiseling and molding can sometimes be painful but worth every moment in the end!

Chris in FL said...

Wow what an encouraging post. I was actually thinking of this today. I need to slow down. And when I say "slow down", I mean in my thoughts of what I haven't accomplished and what I still need to accomplish. This is what gets me stressed many times.

Thanks for sharing.