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Slow: Five Minute Friday

Slow: Five Minute Friday

I am writing for 5 minutes on Friday night, while helping hubby renovate the kitchen. Joining Kate Motaung at Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is SLOW.


It’s funny I recalled a childhood memory to my hubby today while we walked our little dog, Snowball, around the lake. I recalled walking home from school when I was quite young, thinking about things, dreaming, visualizing. When I arrived home my mom said, “Janis, you should walk smartly home. Don’t dawdle. People will thing you are dopey. Always move along, with your head up and keep going.”

That was the last day I walked slowly. Until now. Now I realize that I need the slow time to dream, to be inspired and to rest with God. That doesn’t mean I have “slowed down” continuously. Far from it. I keep thinking of things in my down time, and then have lots to do in my active time.

The book that got me thinking of living a slower, calmer lifestyle was In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honoré . By 2005 when I read this book I all ready spent time with God every morning. But I also realized that when I slow down I get to enjoy the beauty around me and I need an additional few pause points during the day as well.

I have a plate that says: Stop and Smell the Roses.slow

In order to be inspired we need time to hear from God. We need to slow down to hear from Him.

Elijah learned this lesson.

A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12, The Message).

Elijah heard God in the quiet whisper.

Are you learning to be quiet before God, to slow down, to listen to Him? (tweet this)

I have written on the subject of slow before:

Leisurely Pace

God Said Whoa!

Are you lead by the Spirit or man?


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I am starting a NEW HABIT – putting God’s Word out to you on Wednesdays. Hopefully Wednesday’s WORD – will be a habit I can continue for the year. No pictures – just God’s WORD – sitting in front of you to BREATHE in and keep with you for the whole day.

Wednesday’s Word – Enjoy

As I decided on my WORD for 2013 – LIVE, I thought it would be good to find one word a week that comes from God’s word to take me through the week. Enjoy – that is today’s word.

From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young:

“Slow down and enjoy the journey in My presence.”

God will set the pace. If you are doing something in God’s will NOTHING can stop you – but it may take time.

“For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37 NIV).

“Softly Tenderly Jesus is Calling” has been going through my head the past two days. Here is Anne Murray singing this wonderful hymn. May you ENJOY today.

Please tell me what you heard from God this morning. Drop your comments into the comment box below – link your post if you like.


A Sanctuary of Time

Chapter Four in Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts is entitled “A Sanctuary of Time”. This chapter is so packed full of wisdom and holiness.

Here are a few nuggets to ponder over:

“Life is a Gift”

“Time is life – and if I want the fullest life, I need to find the fullest time.”

Mornings for me were fraught with panic, trying to do so much in a little time. I never gave myself enough time to do what needed to be done, so therefore I ended up stressed and bad-tempered.

I love Ann’s words, “life is not an emergency”. I want to enjoy each moment, live it to the full. Even in writing this I am not stressing that it has to be done by tomorrow morning. I am letting the words flow by themselves.

As the past week has shown me – I need to start each day with God. As I talked about Wandering, then First, then Grafted – I have taught myself or God is teaching me that life is living – breathing each moment without tension – because I can rely on Him; because I can breathe in His promises; because I can live each moment grateful for little things.

I have reached over 100 in my gratitude list and I love to thank God for each gift He gives me. Today it was a little walk to the mailbox – light wind blowing, trees greening up, and the sun shone.

We do have the choice to be fully attentive to life – and we get there by getting into the right habit of giving thanks for each moment.

Are you aware of living? Are you present in each moment? Can you see the beauty of “right now”?