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Slowing Down- week 1

First of all as always I am writing this as much for me as I am for anyone reading this. 

 

We are going to do a series I found about slowing down for the next 4 weeks.  It for anyone and everyone in this time where we are getting a gift of slowing down.  No more running here and there, because we shouldn't so we can look at this a a curse or a blessing.  I choose blessing.

So this week I will be asking you, to do this 3 days this week to help you see the blessing's in slowing down.  I know all this is "crazy, unusual, and completely out of the norm" but maybe we just need to learn to slow down and enjoy the blessings we have.

 

This week, for full 3 days between the 3rd and the 10th, I want you to walk slower than you usually do. I'm not asking you to be annoying to other's. SO THEN WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?  To notice all the things that you usually don't notice.  Most of us who walk when the weather is nice walk to spend time with friends or spouses, but we never really enjoy what is around us. 

 

We choose to live in a very beautiful place, but how many of us really slow down and take time to see it.  Many of us are thing about our problems or the list of things we need to finish after our walk is finished.  We all have the list of "100's of other things" we need to do.  So slow down and enjoy why we live here.

 

Day 1

Read Matthew 11:28-30 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 

 

How did it feel to slow down? Was it awkward, fun, interesting?  Write a few words that describe how it made you feel today.

When you were walking slower did you notice anything different? People, nature, thing that have been there for years and now you finally saw its beauty?

Did it affect your life in any way?

Pray for God to see the things you don't normally see.

Day 2

Good job making it this far.

Read 1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

What was one thing you noticed that you didn't before by walking slower?

Has walking slowly messed with your schedule? How so?

Pray that God would help you with all your anxiety about the things you are facing at this time.

 

Day 3

Last day.  Almost there.

Read Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

As this is your last time doing this what is your take away from all this walking slower?

What was the most difficult part of slowing down this week?

Most days it feels like the world is going so fast and I'm standing in slow motion.  I lay down at night and the day was a blur - faces, conversations, colors.  Some days it is truly overwhelming.  It is good to slow down and focus on what truly matters most.  My relationship with my creator and the people that mean so much to me.

Pray for God to see Him more every day and not go through the motions.

Here is a little video that I found that I though was cool, when this man slowed down and was still in nature.

 

 

Have a great week.  Forgive the spelling.  Hope this helps someone to remember that God will follow through with his promise to deliver us.