Wednesday, July 31, 2013

~The Tortoise~

How can I resist this super cute face?! Just like his Daddy :)

My daughter enjoys a sweet cuddle with her cousin Ellie :)

"Slowly does it every time!" ~ The Tortoise

"The Tortoise and The Hare" If you're unfamiliar with the famed children's fable then please check out this link.

Every morning I wake up and bounce out of bed. I consider myself mostly a morning person (or at least this development seems to have occurred since having a few kids...) and I usually fly into a frenzy of activity before I have even have time to gulp down breakfast.

Cleaning. Check! Sorting. Check! Emails & Facebook Msgs. Check! Planning for the day. Check! Read bible & prayer time. Check! Get dressed. Maybe!

Some mornings flow more smoothly than others. More often than not however, I find myself in a self-induced sweat (sometimes panic!) over the sheer amount of tasks still left to be done before the children even set foot out of bed...and heaven help me if all of the kiddies should decide to awaken an hour earlier than their normal time :)

One of my favourite bloggers is Anne Voskamp (author of "1000 gifts; a must read for all!) and she often weaves the words "Go Slow" throughout many of her blog entries.

Her awe-inspiring blog can be found here--> A Holy Experience

Oh, how many times have I failed to heed these words?!

Go fast is probably more like it... more of my life mantra per say...or at least it has been.

I grow impatient when I have to wait on SO many aspects of different seasons of life I've grown weary of waiting for: pregnancies to be completed children to learn to have a listening ear hubby to learn how I want him to treat me

...while I wait in line for my turn to check out at the store

...for a situation to turn around while I do what I can, and pray unceasingly

...for a friend who is struggling to turn the corner

...for an illness to cease

...for the excess weight to be shed

...for a particular task to be finished

...sometimes even for the mail to arrive!

The situations may be vast and varied, but I've come to realize the discontent of an overall impatient lifestyle.

Discontent can lead to many other struggles in life...internal anger...insecurities...ingratitude...and ultimately it will affect how we treat every other person in our lives. Impatience with them will only be perceived as a lack of love, care and concern for the other person.

And that my friend, will shut the door to a deep & meaningful relationship with someone.

Discontent is an internal 'demon' that could be avoided if I simply learned to 'go slow' and be patient...and focus on the an attitude of thankfulness.

So, the question is, how much do I actually want to change???

Am I willing to lay down my own 'goals' in order to be able to savor the moment? Am I willing to put others needs before my own? Am I willing to be patient and realize I am not in control of many aspects of life?

The hare may have started off on the 'right' foot, but we all saw the ending coming...the tortoise was slow & steady, but he eventually came out ahead & won the race.

**Question to ponder: how do you make the conscience choice to go slow in your routine? (please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below)

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  1. Great to meet you. Following from Ann's blog. Slow is good. I remember a plate my mother-in-law gave me that says: Take time to smell the roses. Hope you can do that.

    1. I should have one of those plates! Maybe a big life sized poster in my bedroom too :)
      It's so much easier to try to get as much done as possible, than pace ourselves...isn't it?

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Rach

  2. thank you so much! I truly have been changed by 1000 gifts, and to count and discover my gifts forces me slow down and live in the now! So good for me...

    1. One of the best reads I've ever had the privilege of having!

  3. Thanks for stopping by Psychowith6. I'm really inspired by this post and plan to quote it this week on my blog Thanks so much for sharing it!

    1. Thanks Melanie! Love your blog by the way :)

  4. Love Ann's blog too. Such a great post and reminder to slow down and savor the moments/find something to savor in them instead wishing they'd hurry up and be over.

    1. Yes! Agree 100%...thanks for stopping by Deanna :)

  5. It feels so hard to slow down as life speeds up with kids! I too enjoy Ann Voskamp. Great reminder- thanks!

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    1. Thanks Ellen! I am blessed with each one of them :)

  7. Hi Rach! I am visiting from Heard it on Sunday.

    I think that thanksgiving is such a powerful prayer. It lets me know that I am not in charge of everything! LOL! Loved the pictures of your kids, they are so cute! And for sharing your prayer of thanks.

    So nice to meet you! It's great to see new blogs and connect!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing & stopping by Ceil :)

  8. You are so wonderful to get so much done before your children wake up.

    I like slow - - Yes indeed I remember this story and the rabbit believed he was ahead because he was so fast that he took a nap while the tortoise passed him by and won the race. Thank you for sharing at "Tell Me a True Story."

    1. Well, that is the goal anyway ;)
      Thanks Hazel for stopping by; always a pleasure!

  9. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog today! I need those little reminders.

  10. Very good advice, from Ann and you!

  11. So true - It's too easy to rush through life!

    1. Yes, and so much more it seems these days...thanks Esther for stopping by :)

  12. Great post! Yes we are a "fast food" society aren't we. We want what we want right NOW!!!! but God has a plan and most often then not that plan take time!!!!

    Thanks for the reminder of living each day at a a slower pace.


  13. Great encouragement. Sometimes we need to just slow down. Slow down and be with God. Slow down and be with family. Slow down and refresh our mind, body and spirit.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday! Join us again next week. God bless.


  14. I love Anne's blog, too. How easily it is for discontent to fill our hearts. I try to guard against it for God has given me so many blessings. I'll try to have this week's mantra be "Slow Down."

  15. They grow up so fast! Anything to give you more time with those you love is important.



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