Friday, September 16, 2011

How Does A Family Slow Down?

Have you ever noticed that life can get a bit, um, HECTIC without you even having to try?
About six weeks ago, I was beginning to pull my hair out over this very thing.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
Matthew 11:27-29
And I did something I should do whenever I face a problem.
I prayed.
And it was small and quiet and seemingly inconsequential. 
But guess what?
It worked.
(smile)
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mk. 11:23-25

It was kind of unexpected, but this is how He did it: he took away my transportation. 
That'll slow you down, sure enough! 
The hubby and I are down to one vehicle right now, and it has made getting him to work and the kids to school about all that happens around here.
And that has been oh, so good!
Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:9-11

We're dropping our Y membership, we did one mega-grocery shopping trip at the beginning of this month (and we still have plenty of food!), and the little one and I ride bikes, take walks, and have play dates with friends who are close by. (Instead of galavanting around doing very necessary--I thought they were anyway--errands.)
A friend texted this a.m. to say that (since the hubby has the car today) she could take me anywhere I needed to go because she had the time.
That was a beautiful gift.
But I couldn't think of anywhere I needed to go!
And that too was a beautiful gift.
...it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. Luke 6:37-39

This season won't last forever. We'll eventually get another vehicle. We'll eventually go fast again. But I have learned something about our busy-ness cycle. It's not near as unbreakable as I thought it was. In fact, all I have to do is stay home.

1 comment:

  1. great post! i am thankful that God gives us different seasons...the slow ones and the busy ones. keeps things interesting and makes us appreciate both. :)

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