Sunday Stillness – Leisurely Pace

Sunday Stillness – Leisurely Pace

Turtle Watercolour Batik by Janis Cox

Last week, as I took on a grandma roll, I learned to stop striving but live in the moment of pure enjoyment. I had read Jesus Calling before my granddaughter arrived and I prepared myself to live at a “leisurely pace”. Listening to God as I spent time with my granddaughter I realized that this is the way to live.

Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes (Psalm 37:7, NIV).

There were no “wicked schemes” but I kept reminding myself that this time is precious. I didn’t think of what I had to do. I just enjoyed each moment. When she got homesick for mommy I just held her until she calmed down and then we were fine. Less talk and more connection.

I also read a great post about playing with your children. It reminded me of saying on a collector’s plate that says, “Stop and smell the roses”. Rachel Martin wrote “Why Playing Does not Mean Cleaning”.

Are you living at a leisurely pace? If not, why not? What is pursuing you?

Sarah Young in Jesus Calling also says:

When you rush, you forget who you are and whose you are (Jesus Calling, August 5).


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  1. Thanks for all the lovely replies. It is wonderful that many are using Jesus Calling as well. It speaks to my heart for sure – brings out the Mary in me.

  2. Good morning, Janis! Psalm 37:7 is such a lovely verse, and a great reminder that we need to enjoy each moment God provides us with! I also wrote on a similar note in my most recent post, named “A Busy Week Planned”. So glad you had a good time with your granddaughter!
    Blessings, Ann

  3. Hi Janis,
    Such a lovely post … really underlining how to grasp the moment – following the initiatives of the child and whatever is about to unfold! I’m also interested in Jesus calling – will see if it’s available as e-book – such a lovely quote! Blessings to your week,

  4. I am also using Jesus Calling as my devotional this year. It so speaks to me right where I am each day. I loved reading this post this morning. Thank you for sharing it! And for hosting the link up each week which is such a blessing.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,

  5. Hi Janis, I really want to read that book, Jesus Calling. I thought I had it but I don’t. I’ve heard such great things about it. Thanks for sharing that little tidbit. Have a blessed Sabbath!

  6. HI Janis – I always enjoy your lovely paintings and the thoughts on Scripture that you share. Also wanted to let you know that I don’t have a twitter account (yet – I will probably succumb to the pressure soon. LOL) so no worries about retweeting or following me. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  7. I love the Jesus Calling books. I used one with my children and then bought the women’s version. Such wonderful devotions. Have a blessed Sunday!

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