We All Need To Slow Down

We’re going home for Thanksgiving with our families this week! After tomorrow, I’m going to be taking a break from the computer for a few days to spend time with them.

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year in which families can get together (some for the only time all year). It’s a time in which we have the opportunity to free up our schedules and simply be with the people we love, thanking God for the blessings in our lives. I talk a lot about how much I love Christmas, but to me they go together. I think the holiday season coming up is one of love, thankfulness, and joy; it’s all one big reminder that there’s so much more to life than we remember sometimes.

Especially after recent world events, I’ve been thinking harder lately about the blessings in my life. It’s caused me to realize that I need to slow down. I took a step back and looked at my life. I have overwhelming, undeserved blessings. I have good health and a roof over my head. I have a husband, friends and family who care for me, a new family to be a part of, and material blessings that I can’t count.

We all need to slow down. Our society lives life frenzied and rushed, seemingly only thinking about things that won’t matter once this life is over. Materialism lures us in, only to cause stress and busyness. Which leads me to this: Life is a gift; it’s not certain. Take the time to to stop and breathe – to count the blessings you have and thank God because all good and perfect things come from Him (James 1:17). The world is far from perfect and far from peaceful, but no matter the bad, God is love. He brings peace.

We shouldn’t rush through life, taking everything around us for granted. As of now, I’m choosing to live an intentional, purposeful, slow-paced life because that’s what I need. I need to focus on the big picture and take everything in. I firmly believe it’s what we all need. We’re not meant to take up our time rushing and worrying from one day to the next.

Try it; put busyness aside and, with a clear head, spend time with your loved ones – make it intentional. Take a day (or two days!) to take care of yourself and nourish your soul. Spend time in prayer and in the Word. Appreciate what you’ve been given. Make a habit of being grateful, and take time to slow down – just see where that leads you.

 

 

2 thoughts on “We All Need To Slow Down

  1. Worlds Minimalist Movement

    Hello!
    I recently stumbled upon your blog, Truth in love, and i really enjoyed reading what you had to say. While digging through your blog i came upon a post with this giant picture at the top that said “We all need to slow down”. I absolutely loved what you had to say in that post and it is always inspiring to find others who are trying to live intentional lives and trying to take the rush out of their days. As such i wanted to extend an invitation to you

    Here at The World’s Minimalist Movement (https://worldsminimalistmovement.wordpress.com/) we have recently started a global collaboration to inspire minimalism. I would like to invite you to write a guest post for our site. This post can talk about your journey towards minimalism and intentional living, how it started, the struggle and joys of leading a simple life, or anything else minimalist related. if you would like to participate please email your story to worldsminimalistmovement@gmail.com
    To show our gratitude for your contribution we would be happy to link your guest post to your site or blog, so our readers may enjoy other content written by you. Please attach your site url to your email if you would like for us to do this.
    You can currently see a sample post on our website but our full site will make its debut on the 21st of March, 2016.

    If you have any other questions about our goals for promoting minimalism please feel free to email us

    Thank you for your time, and thank you for letting us have the privilege of reading your blog
    -C. Foley
    (Ps: Sorry! I did try to email this long message to you but i got a return on the email youve posted in your about profile)

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