February 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM Leave a comment


I gotta admit, I’ve LOVED this week…

There just hasn’t been quite enough of it.

In between my regularly scheduled tasks, for once I also managed to slow down and  get lost in the moment. I spent longer times with the Lord. I journaled and read and gave myself some “margin” around the edges. I organized my office and updated my calendar. I even spent delicious amounts of time roaming the aisles of Office Depot, looking for just the right color of thumbtacks and style of bulletin board.  (in case you’re wondering…aqua blue and dry erase/pegboard combo!)

I also gazed out windows and danced over snowflakes, giving myself permission to do the little things I often tell myself “there’s just not time for” in my busy life. I drank in the simple joys. I soaked in some peace and quiet. I even listened for God’s voice: and in the hush that followed, felt the thrill of realizing He also heard mine.

And after a while, I found myself writing out lists and lists of undone tasks that had been cluttering up my brain for ages, so much so that I’d had very little brain-space left for actual doing. And as I wrote, the tasks seemed to magically arrange themselves into categories…with very little effort on my part…as if some cosmic magnet were clumping them together like “birds of a feather.” What a blessed relief to view those unruly thoughts from a safe distance, like wild stallions finally corralled where they could no longer trample me senseless! And what a surprise. I’d put off dealing with them for so long precisely because I was sure they’d be impossible to tame. Had they been bluffing all along? It was too soon to tell, but my relief was hard to hide.

Then I organized my office to my heart’s content, excitedly placing baskets and trays and vertical files, and listing appointments on calendars and dry-erase boards like a woman obsessed. How long I couldn’t say, because I’d lost all track of the clock. I pondered and planned, dawdled and dreamed. I smiled. I giggled. I was bliss personified. And when it was done, I breathed out a long-overdue, beam-me-up-Scottie-I-can’t-believe-my-mission-is-finally-done sigh of relief. Aaaaaaahhh….

Which was followed by  all sorts of living-in-the-moment desires, which frankly don’t make it to the front burner of my life nearly often enough. Like brainstorming ideas and organizing my closet and (perhaps most radical of all) having people over for dinner and cooking from scratch! Not only that, but I’d rediscovered a childlike joy in living, through the simple act of slowing down and listening. Listening to God. Listening to my own heart. Listening to the rhythm of life and the quiet tic-tock/tic-tock of the clock on the wall.

Oh dear…the clock! That’s right. I was supposed to review my goals, and set priorities, and report back on the blog on Friday! And…and…and… Oh dear, oh dear…I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!!!

Til it dawned…

All that I’d been doing WAS preparing my heart to do exactly that. Yet apparently the process couldn’t be rushed. Or regimented. Or scheduled. And for once, I didn’t mind quite so much that I’d missed a deadline. Because becoming more PRESENT with myself and God…whatever the time frame or the cost…suddenly seemed a lot more important.

At this point, it’s hard to say how much longer this priority-setting season will last.  Another week…two weeks…a month? I don’t know. In a way, it feels like I’ve only just begun. All I know for sure is I’m grateful beyond words that my easily hurried/easily harried heart has finally slowed down long enough to begin the process.

See you Monday…hope you have a blessed weekend!


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1. LISTEN without interrupting
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2. SPEAK without accusing
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3. GIVE without sparing
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4. PRAY without ceasing
(Colossians 1:9)

5. ANSWER without arguing
(Proverbs 17:1)

6. SHARE without pretending
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7. ENJOY without complaint
(Philippians 2:14)

8. TRUST without wavering
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9. FORGIVE without punishing
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10. PROMISE without forgetting
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