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Hurry Up and Slow Down

Photo by Kori Ashton taken along the Appalachian Trail 2012

It’s amazing how fast the day can fly by without even taking a moment to stop and say two words to the ONE responsible for our being able to move, breathe, eat, run, work, laugh, and live.

I have a set routine that involves a horrid alarm clock buzzing to wake me and then, after a few bouts with the snooze button, I flop out of bed, narrowly escaping the dogs’ chew toys strategically left on the floor as I stumble to the bathroom to start my day.  Normally I don’t even remember seeing myself in the mirror until I’ve already put on makeup and fixed my hair – then I stop to actually look at myself.  Note to self – gotta start working out.

My day continues with a quick drive to work and the chatter of a radio DJ who can be quite funny at times. Before I know it I’ve checked my emails, had lunch and am headed to an afternoon meeting.  All of this takes place in what feels like two hours, then I’m in my car headed back home wondering what’s at the house that I can cook for dinner.

There’s a moment typically after the dishes are washed, the lights are out and I’m laying in bed that the thought crosses my mind, “Where did the day go, Lord? Oh hi, Lord. Hope your day went better than mine. Goodnight.”

Sound familiar? We really need to hurry up and SLOW DOWN!  We’ve got to understand what it is to take time with the Lord and rest in His presence – and not just on Sundays.  Even if we trade ten minutes of time spent on facebook for ten minutes praying – that’s a start.  It seems like we can easily take 30 minutes out of the day to watch our favorite sitcom or catch up on Ellen, but to dedicate half an hour to meditation on the Scripture or digging in and doing an in-depth study of the Word for an hour – NO WAY POSSIBLE!

Time to slow down.  Time to get alone with God. Let’s try it.  What if today, instead of spending ten minutes focused on the internet – pause to open the Word of God – or click over to an online devotional and at least acknowledge the ONE who makes it possible to even see this screen.  He’s given us so much that we take for granted. We’ve got to

Praise the LORD with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy. For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the LORD fills the earth. — Psalm 33:2-5

Post a comment below with a Scripture or challenge to others.  Share how you get alone with God throughout your busy days.


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  1. I’m not a very good student. I never have been, but I find that if I get into the habit of reading the bible I’m drawn to it. However, it is easy to get off the bandwagon and find myself wondering what I missed today only to find it about two seconds after I have closed my eyes. That’s when I start panicking and asking God to forgive me of my sins, but I really mean please forgive for not thinking of you today. I hate it when I don’t get to talk to someone I maybe thinking of that day after having spent time with them so I can only imagine how God feels when we forget about Him. (Just think about the millions of people in the world he is waiting to hear from)

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