Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Slow Down...

Have you ever felt the gentle (or maybe not so gentle) nudge by the Father to slow down a little?  I have.  Just recently.  I've had it before, but just didn't recognize it for what it was.  My Daddy telling His girl to take it easy because she couldn't do everything He had for her all at once.  I've been burning the candle at both ends.  Keeping up with work, kids, home, hubby, sports (for kids, not me), 3 bible studies, kid's church, praise team, youth, blogging and 2nd grade (again, for my son, but feels like for me too sometimes).  And guess what?  I got nudged.  I actually got sick, but it was my heavy push from Him to let me know I had to slow down or burn out completely.

For me, letting go of something others expect me to do is hard.  I am taking a little time to refocus exactly what He wants me to be doing.  First, growing in my relationship with Him is number one.  Second is caring for those He's entrusted to my care and being the helpmate to my hubby that he needs.  All the rest will just have to fall in line behind those two things.  I've decided to start blogging just 3 days a week, WThF, as those are the days I don't have to 'work' at my paying job :)

I am thankful He loves me enough to show me when I need to take a break.  Hopefully, I will listen!

7 comments:

Lisa said...

Definitely need to listen when our Father tells us to slow down. Keep listening to Him, Allison. Many blessings!

Pam said...

Ah, yes, our relationship with God definitely suffers when we take on too much--even when it is too much church stuff. As a pastor's wife I had to learn early on to sort out what was God nudging me and what were nudges from people. When our ministry teams start trying to do too many things my husband encourages them to "Do less so you can do it well."

Heidi said...

Allison, it's so hard to back off of something... you listen and He will bless you!! We had to make that decision too, blogging every day is just too much for some of us busy moms. I only blog every other week and only 3 times in that week and that stretches me! How wonderful that you hear Him! Blessings!

Tracy said...

Hi Allison - I think your post is something I should pay attention to. From now til the end of the year my husband's business gets very busy to the point of too much stress. I need to take time out NOW, so that I do not add to his stress because I am not coping with it. I need time with God so I am a spiritual blessing to my husband at this time.
Great post
God bless
Tracy

Eileen said...

Allison, I agree with all the other comments. Slowing down is necessary, but listening to the prompting is even more important. I'll still be reading!!

Jenifer said...

Obedience is so important. I love your blog and will continue to read WThF! :)

connecting with the soul said...

Allison, I too am one who crams too many things in my life and or day. Learning how to be a good wife instead of BEING a good wife. Or reading about God instead of being with God. Then when He nudges me, I say but I'm doing this for you. But the fact is if we - or I- am doing so much we can't begin to finish any of them. And what good is not finishing? When I asked God one time which bible study book did He want me to focus on I heard him say," the only book you need to know me is the Bible" to this day that statement is as fresh as when I heard it..

So slowing down is something I need to remember to do.