This devotional was full of such beauty yesterday; I had to share. I think of my friend, Monica, who has been instrumental in promoting slowing for so many years. She has greatly influenced how I think about rest and slowing down and I’m so grateful.
Jesus Calling: October 24
Lie down in green pastures of Peace. Learn to unwind whenever possible, resting in the Presence of your Shepherd. This electronic age keeps My children “wired” much of the time, too tense to find Me in the midst of their moments. I built into your very being the need for rest. How twisted the world has become when people feel guilty about meeting this basic need! How much time and energy they waste by being always on the go, rather than taking time to seek My direction for their lives.
I have called you to walk with Me down paths of Peace. I want you to blaze a trail for others who desire to live in My peaceful Presence. I have chosen you less for your strengths than for your weaknesses, which amplify your need for Me. Depend on Me more and more, and I will shower Peace on all your paths.
Psalm 23:1-3; Genesis 2:2-3; Luke 1:79
I’ve been home a handful of days now after our trip and am so enjoying the time to get caught up around the house as well as in my soul. One of the things I’ve missed the most about being gone is not having as much time to sit in the Word every day. I’m enjoying soaking my soul each morning.
I’m still in the process of sifting through the MANY photos we’ve taken over the last month and writing about our time with family and different events. Stay tuned!
For now, I feel the need to write briefly about how beautiful fall is right now. I so enjoy this season. Accompanied with the time to be home, making things cozy, and working around the house make it so much more enjoyable. The last month has been busy – very busy. So I’m relishing the time to slow now. Surprisingly, I’m loving the time at home alone now during the day. Crazy how fast our perspective can change! Two months ago I was so sad with the kids gone all day. I still miss them, but I see the value in having time to myself and it’s doing wonders for my heart and soul. This introvert was a bit lost after 11 days with family so I’m loving the quiet right now.
This past weekend after I returned home we had several opportunities to bond as a family. The four of us were gone for a week together, then I stayed an additional 4 days while Kenny brought the kids home. It was a bit of a reunion weekend for us – four days apart is a long time!
One night we played Monopoly together; one of our family favorites. The next day we volunteered with another family at a food bank in town packing boxes of food for those in need. That night we built a fire after dinner and made s’mores for dessert. The next day I painted Anna’s nails (purple with pink polka dots!) while we sang songs from Frozen and The Greatest Showman. So fun. That evening we all ate fun food for dinner while watching a Formula 1 race together. Snuggling on the couch was the best part.
While we were gone we had our first frost so the trees and flowers are dying away now. Today the leaves are coming down like rain. So beautiful. The light streaming in the windows is so warming and pretty. During the summer time I close all of our blinds when the sun hits the windows to keep the house cool. In the fall, I leave them open to help warm the house and I love the afternoon light. Yesterday I made a batch of cookies and afterwards left the oven door open slightly to let the heat warm the kitchen. Several easy ways to reduce the time the furnace runs.
How are you enjoying fall right now where you live?
It has been a full few weeks here! God has been so good to carry me and I’m very thankful.
Several weekends ago I led worship at our church’s women’s retreat, then a few days after returning we had some of Kenny’s family visit for the week. And now on Monday we leave for NE to visit my family over Fall Break. Each of these events deserve their own post and that will be coming after we return home. There is so much to share about each.
This week after getting the house in order after company, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the previous weeks and I’m amazed again at how good our God is. In years past after the busy weeks we’ve had I would be feeling it and would need several days or more to recover. But I have felt great and and am still going. Only God can do that. But we have our responsibility as well – God asks us to do our part too. We can’t expect to sit idly by and wait for God to work. The walking I’ve been doing regularly has helped tremendously to give me more energy. (Leslie Sansone has become a good friend – check her out if you’re looking for a new way to exercise.) I’ve been making time straight away in the morning for quiet time rather than just whenever it works during the day, and having that perspective for the day makes a world of difference. I actually think I get more done in the day when I’ve made time for the Lord first. Isn’t that just like HIm to do that? Of course, I’m still working at all of this. Some days these things don’t happen because of appointments or other commitments. I am still a work in progress; I’m just grateful that these things are becoming habits and are helping.
For today, I’m thoroughly enjoying having James and Anna home from school today for Fall Break. We are having a slow day at home with no where to go which all three of us have been looking forward to. We are continuing our tradition of watching Anne of Green Gables over break and are enjoying that today. The cooler temperatures dictate a cup of tea while watching which make it that much more enjoyable. So thankful for these memories with the kids.
I’m looking forward to our time with more family this next week and will get back to writing here when I return. I pray you see God’s blessings at every turn these coming weeks!
*Pictures are from our walk around the neighborhood today