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The Perils of Hurry

I got up early, reached for my list and quickly scanned the items

wondering how in the world I would get it all done. Sigh.

Reaching for a cup of freshly made coffee

I sank down into the comfortable chair –

the one that I sit in to have my Quiet Time.

Flipping the pages, I turned to the reading for the day

but inside my mind was still racing –

already thinking about all that needed to be accomplished.

As my eyes read over the verses –

verses cherished —

I found my mind wandering back to that long to do list.

Pulling my thoughts back again, I saw those words.

Words I’ve read many, many times before.

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had some quietness today?  I mused.

But no way for me.

No, my life is too busy.

Sigh.

But the strangest thing happened as I closed my Bible and began to pray.

It was as if I sensed Him looking at me and saying, “Why not?”

Really, I thought. Could I possibly eliminate some of the hurry from my life?

Me? A single parent. Working full time.

How ridiculous is that!

But just as quickly I began to wonder.

Had I begun to make excuses for my busyness?

Had I joined in the hurry sickness of our day?

Was I allowing it rather than disciplining my own life?

Throughout the rest of the day and the days that followed

I realized that I needed to

Unhook

Disconnect

Say no

And play more.

Without realizing it I had allowed the tyranny of the urgent

to creep into my life

causing me to be overstressed and overcommitted.

As a result I was not living in the strength He wanted me to have.

I wasn’t victorious in ways He intended for me to be.

That realization was like a huge light coming on.

Only I could change it.

And change it I would.

Over time I began to manage time better and with wisdom.

More time for retreats and less rushing.

Instead of living life to the max

I began to build in margin and allow time for simply doing nothing.

Instantly my creativity began to increase and I slept better.

Quickly I noticed a slowing within and my soul becoming filled.

It’s a change that I’ve continued to work on –

The press of living around us is something none of us can completely escape

But those words reminding me of the importance of quiet have become like

markers in the sand.

He has promised to supply all of our needs —

Our need for rest,

Our need for strength

Our need for wisdom

We must choose to live intentionally.

One day at a time.

Yes, as we depend upon Him to guide our days

And rest in His pace

We, too, can learn to live in quiet and confidence.

Join me, won’t you?

Staying Young In A Dying World

Is there a way to stay young in a dying world?

A way to bring back the laughter and restore the sparkle in the eyes?

A way to renew your zest for living and a youthful vitality?

Yes. It is.

No magic wands. No quick fixes. But definitely things that you can learn

that will not only slow the aging process but in many cases renew your youth.

Are you interested?

It will take learning new habits

and changing some ways of thinking.

It might involve incorporating a few minutes of a healthy activity

into your present lifestyle.

But the benefits are huge.

More energy.

Improved physical health.

Increased beauty both inside and out.

Those who are young get more done, dream big and keep growing.

Their eyes sparkle. They have a ready laugh. They embrace life.

We are living in a dying world.

Isn’t it time that you looked into staying young?

Curious?

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“But the godly shall flourish like palm trees and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon. Even in old age they will produce fruit and be vital and green. Ps.92:12,14 LB

Live your life and forget your age. – Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

spring 2015-5

Where Do You Go When You Need A Rest?

5178_1096508691813_5325273_nWhere is your favorite place?

Where do you like to go to relax and renew your energies?

There’s a place on the rocky coast of Maine that is my special spot.

There on my beloved rocks I have hammered out difficult decisions,

renewed my focus

and restored my sense of purpose in life.

And even though it’s been some time now since I have been able to sit on those rocks

I still recall the marvelous peace I felt while there.

It was early in the afternoon when I last climbed down those rocks

to my favorite nook,

a place sheltered from the wind but where I could view the sparkling ocean;

a place where I could feel the warmth of the summer sun and smell the sea air.

That day I positioned my blanket and pillow just at the right angle

to give me comfort as I  wrote and pondered.

And write I did….

I wrote out my plans for the next few months in my faithful journal,

I expressed my thoughts about so many things,

my hopes and dreams and simple prayers.

While the sun moved slowly across the sky I became lost in thought

until I discovered hours later that the tide was rapidly coming in

and the wind had shifted.

I quickly gathered my belongings and began my climb back up those boulders

but before I did

I glanced back for one more look.

A look that is engraved in my memory to this day.

As I gazed in that age-long second across the diamond sparkled ocean

with the sound of the lonely gull and the crashing of the waves

I sensed that I was on holy ground that day.

A God given place

to hear His Voice and listen to His Will.

Gentle tears of longing filled my eyes as I willed myself

to accept the ending of an unforgettable afternoon.

But I still return.

Yes, even though living many miles from the ocean

in my heart I still return whenever I remember to this place

on my beloved rocks.

Restored,

refreshed

and renewed.

Do you have a place of rest?

A place where you too can be refreshed?