#slowitdownSunday: Be intentional. Create moments to unrush if you haven’t already today.
Sooo…I’m not really very good at taking my own advice.
I haven’t slowed down for 1 nanosecond today. Until now. And it is 8:38 p.m.
The last 12 hours have been slam full of stuff. Stuff that has left me feeling empty and dry tonight.
My mom gave me an awesome devotional the year I graduated college. And I just LOVE the title – ’cause we all know we JUST NEED 15 MINUTES OF PEACE, right???
What better one to have that peace with than God?
I flipped through the book and this page is where I landed tonight:
Yes, there is an appointed time for everything.
And that includes stillness, friends.
Maybe you’re like me and at a point in your life where stillness feels like a million light years away…
I love how Emilie Barnes gives several ideas on how to create some simple stillness wherever you might be:
- Meet God from 2am to 3am. Ummmm, maybe not for everyone, but hey – you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes!!
- Watch 25% less TV. That’s doable. I promise you won’t miss it as much as you think.
- Get up 15 minutes earlier to take advantage of a quiet house. Another tough one for people that don’t do mornings like myself!
- Trade off meal preparation for in return for babysitting. Ah, yes. I will cook your meals for you. You take my 3 year old with tantrums 🙂
- Make a “to do” list everyday and schedule quiet time alone EACH DAY! I’m actually in the process of trying to live by a daily schedule and this is a MUST to schedule your time alone. Otherwise, it just doesn’t happen!
- Stay up 15 minutes later after everyone else has gone to bed. THIS I can do, hahahha!! And all the night owls said Hallelujah!!
- Ask a neighbor (or ur hubby ha) to watch the kids for just half an hour while you lock the bathroom door. Sign me up.
- Stake out a table in a quiet coffee shop in between carpool and errands. Mmmmm, I love coffee and I love how my clothes smell like coffee after staying a while, don’t you?
- Park your car under a quiet tree and enjoy a time of quiet communion with God. Ahhhhhh, this is the best way to refocus during the day. It can be in the Target parking lot, at work in the car, in our driveway – you know you’ve held off coming inside before for just 5 more minutes alone!!!
Emilie says it like this:
“We can soak ourselves in prayer, in His Word, in Himself, if we really want to.”
“No one else can do it for you; you are the one who must make it and take it for yourself.”
“The people who find time for stillness are the people who have the energy and perspective to stay on top of their hectic “outer” lives.”
(15 Minutes of Peace with God by Emilie Barnes)
Here’s praying we all get a little bit of stillness tonight and always!
Proverb of the Day:
A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace. [Proverbs 14:14]
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