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Slowing Down — 34 Comments

  1. Hello, I just wrote a post myself with the same theme. I agree most of the pressure is self inflicted. You sound really sincere and and know your doing all things well because He has called and covered you! I love how you asked of Him for direction. Lord help the both of us to slow down and take pleasure in You….And I ask that you will bless our blogs and grow them in your time and Your strength AMEN!
    Blessings, Roxy

  2. I enjoyed your post. It reminds me to slow down more often, and spend more time with family and friends. It seems like with all the different obligations that we all have..its easy to “stay busy” all the time.
    Reading helps me to slow down quite a bit. =)

    Have a great day!

  3. Yes. Very much so. I am there with you friend. Began for me at the start of our summer. I have been spending more time with my family and less time writing. More time reading and less time writing. Soaking life in and less leaking it out. On the page anyway. I am leaking on the people around me right now. My family, friends, the mommas I gather with at Bible study, and the kids I lead on Sundays. That’s where my words are found. Maybe tomorrow they will be on the page. Maybe next week. He will let me know. But I am not restless in that. I am content. Much love to you sweet friend!

  4. What a great post and while my life isn’t all that busy at this point, I still needed to read your list of 10. I definitely need to incorporate some of them in my life. I love the one about taking Sundays off from social media. I’m going to have to ponder doing that myself. Good for you Barbie! May you have much successful and benefit from making some changes in your life. Happy week!

  5. I totally understand what you are saying. One thing I have been giving up is reading all the blogs I used to read….and writing many posts. I don’t’ want to give it up, but I am not going to force myself when I don’t’ really have anything I want to say. Your goals sound great and I applaud you as you go about accomplishing them!

    • Yes! I never want to write a post simply to write a post. I want my words to drip with the Holy Spirit and have meaning and purpose. Praying you have a lovely week my friend.

  6. Dear Barbie
    Good for you, dear friend! May I suggest that you and the children clean the house together. That might make the bonding much sweeter (although at first it might be accompanied by a few moans and groans). I love the idea of dating your husband again. That is sooooo… important.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

    • I love the idea of cleaning house with my kids, but since they are teens they are either seldom home (youth activities) or have serious attitudes. But they all have jobs they need to do around the house. Although I find my job list growing. Hugs!

  7. So needed to hear this today. I’m right there with you. It seems at times I am at the top of the mountain and other times under the rock at the lowest below sea level place. Thanks for these reminders.

  8. I too want to be more intentional – spiritually, physically, and materially. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve not succeeded well in improving my relationship with the Lord. Too often Bible reading and listening has not happened daily. A Joyce Meyer broadcast this a.m. reiterated to me the importance to grow that intimacy! Recently I’ve taken steps to improve my diet and my attitude towards health and wellness. Next I want to use these same baby steps to detoxify myself from the Internet and blogging world. I love to blog but it can be a serious time drainer. I also try to keep the Sabbath restful, to include an easy meal and zero housework! I’ll keep you in my thoughts as you move forward on these fabulous goals! Blessings!

  9. When I read you list, I feel as if I should have no problem keeping afloat. But I too have my own list of things that makes me begin to feel pressured. Yet I”m grateful for a God that lovely corrects us and puts us back on the right path.

  10. I’m tired just reading your list. No wonder you need a break! I remember hearing Beth Moore say something that hit me. She said that in order to say yes to what God called her to do, she had to say no to many other things. She’s a popular sanguine but she cannot take lots of time to do lunches with girlfriends. Something had to give. I always remember that as I love to do many things too.

    One thing that’s helped me get back on track with exercise and reading is to combine them. I use my Kindle and have a display stand on my treadmill. This way when I get up in the morning I have everything ready and I hop on the treadmill. My Kindle is loaded with books I love to read. When I’m finished I cool down sitting on my front patio with my water and my Bible and journal. It gets hot in Phoenix but early in the morning I get to still be cool, listen to the sound of the birds chirping and spend time in prayer and Bible study. It suits me perfectly as then I need to get ready for work.

    I appreciate all that you wrote here my friend. And sometimes I don’t get to visit all my blog friends but I try to catch up when I can.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Beth Moore is a wise woman, as are you. I don’t have a treadmill, but I love the idea of combining exercise with reading. Perhaps on my walks I could listen to sermons or books. Have a lovely week.

      • I’m going to jump in here following Debbie’s comment. She voiced exactly what I was thinking! Combining things is a great idea! I need to try it, too. I love to read, but have been hesitant to try it on the treadmill. But, just reading that “Debbie can do it!” is encouraging me to try. Then, you mention listening to sermons or books when you’re walking…that’s a great idea, too. I do listen to worship music when on the treadmill, which does help me to stay focused on Him for the day. Now I just need to be more diligent it having this in my regular schedule. Your organized list above is encouraging me to set some priorities to help me not get overwhelmed!

        Blessings, Joan

  11. A great list, Barbie and I really think God wants me to pay close attention to what you’ve shared today. I’ve read many messages about slowing down recently so I think He’s making a point. Today I’ve committed to ignorning whatever else is on my to-do list and going to watch my hubby play some softball! And this morning I made sure my morning routine went back to spending time in His word. Yes, sometimes life needs an adjustment! Praying for you friend as you seek rest. Blessings, Beth

  12. Barbie. Big hugs to you today!!!! I know what you’re feeling. Been there. Have tried to slow down, but have generally failed. Cutting back my blogging to just weekdays has taken a lot of pressure off. I’m also giving myself a lot if grace in the cleaning/housekeeping department. We are still moving into the house, so there are still boxes everywhere and so much to do. I have to remind myself – and my hubby – that it doesn’t all need to be done right away. We have time. I hope you find some peace in the new routine and slow down of life. Happy Monday!!

    • I remember a couple of years ago when we moved, after living in our home for 16 years. It took us a while to settle in. I think I still have a box or two in the garage labeled “unimportant” that I may have to decide to look inside at some point. Have a blessed week.

  13. Yep. been there. right now. Its as if we are learning the same … Just chucked my lists for the only ‘to do’ that really accomplishes much.

    Kinda of liking our momma notes. I do hope you’ll join us again and link up. Wanna join us? Slip your fave recipe, notes of encouragement, birthday pics, all things gloriously mom, into the link up. Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-new-to-do.html

    Be blessed bunches,
    Sarah

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