This season can leave us stretched thin. Hearts clenched, breath held, lips pursed, tears waiting to spill. You too? Nothing sounds more delicious than to sit down like the snow. Be still, alone with God.
I’m sorry I’ve gone missing in the midst of recent chaos: Hubby on crutches, daughter arriving home from college resembling typhoid Mary, four days of doctoring to help her get well, plumbing problems, lawyers, and tomorrow Hubby will have knee surgery.
When life leaves you feeling like the grounds in the bottom of your French press – weighed down, sapped of life – we must allow ourselves permission to slow down. Take a break. Breathe in. Focus on what matters most.
In the midst of struggle, this week brought revelation…
We already have PERMISSION to slow down. But like Christmas, we must RECEIVE it.
One morning as I growled about having less than an hour before I needed to leave for the next thing, Hubby remarked, “You just need to be more irresponsible!”
Later that day my web manager advised I take a break from all writing till after the first of the year. To rejuvenate.
I gladly received it as a message from God : ) Permission granted!
So let’s give ourselves permission to slow down when we desperately need it. So as not to miss moments that matter. Opportunities to be present to moments that will never come again.
Because God is building something bigger than what can be accomplished in one day. Or two weeks. Rest and clear perspective will be required. A Gift we must first be willing to receive.
So if the season has you feeling like you’re on an endless 100 yard dash, I hope you’ll choose to join me in receiving permission to slow down.
Be Blessed. Receive Rest.
Merry Christmas, my dear friends! Every day is Christmas when you’re willing to receive what is being offered.
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know He enjoys giving rest to those He loves? ~ Psalm 127:2 NLT
QUESTION: How can you give yourself permission to slow down and trust God with your worries today?