Peace and Balance

 

We’re about to enter Summer officially, so I’ve been reflecting a bit (which is why you haven’t seen a post in a while).

Spring was great. It was comprised of some of the busiest months I’ve had in awhile, but it was good. I was able to get creative with some brands, play with some gorgeous florals, and celebrate Easter.

Coming out of April and May, I’ve continued to think about peace and balance. I’ve broached the topic occassionally on My Latest Buzz, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

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Admittedly, balance has always been difficult for me. For years, I’ve tried to fit 24,349 things into each day, and I still want to have time to be spontaneous, serve my church, be there for my friends, and be the best wife! Of course that can all happen in one day! Why wouldn’t it be possible?

My friends know that I used to live by the motto: “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” After all, there’s just too much to do. Which makes me think of Jessie Spano (“I’m so excited,” anyone?).

As I get closer to the big 3-0, I’ve felt the Lord put His hand on me and remind me to breathe. I’ve felt the yearning for a slower life and time to just be each day. Time to actually sit and look at nature and think about nothing but His beauty. Time away from phones, distractions, and a full calendar. Time to have a conversation that is not rushed. Time to take care of the body God has given me. When you’re drowning in to-do lists and slave to a schedule, it can be easy to lose perspective and miss those things.

I’m glad that we serve a God that is bigger than me and my busyness. I’m glad that He can prod even in the midst of my selfishness. I’m grateful that He is patient and loving with me. No matter how many times I fail, He loves me just the same.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the Lord has blessed each of us with gifts, and I know that He wants us to use those gifts. But even Jesus had quiet time–uninterrupted time with the Lord to just talk and pray. Jesus had time to talk to the outcasts of society because his schedule allowed room for it. Yes, he taught and traveled and healed. But he also made real time for people and even for himself. And that’s one of the most wonderful attributes of Jesus. The Savior of the Universe could actually sit in a house and “be” rather than do (Mary & Martha, Luke 10).

I get the feeling from the Gospels that Jesus was slow. His ease and peace make me think that he walked slowly and talked slowly. That he wasn’t rushed to do the next thing. How I love that. Just thinking about Him and how he interacted with people makes me want to slow down.

This is not to discount who we are as individuals. I think that some of our weaknesses can also be strengths. The disciples all had different personalities, gifts, strengths and weaknesses. And Jesus loved them and wanted their help to spread the good news. He wanted them as friends, too. I’m not naturally a slow person, but I can learn the value in that. I can channel my need for efficiency into something good, too.

But for now, I just want to spend some time listening and “being.”

Jesus never said this world or this life would be easy. But He did promise that we can have hope…and peace.
I’m thankful for that promise, and I take great joy in it!

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What are your thoughts on peace and balance? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

 

2 Comments

  1. laurel 06/13/2014 / 12:30 pm

    So good! I’ve found the importance of slowing down, too. Just taking time to listen and be. Love that last verse you shared!!! And LOVED our unrushed phone date this morning! :) xo!

  2. Rebekah Childers 06/14/2014 / 3:39 pm

    My thoughts on peace and balance and remembering to breath involve baking bread and not buying it because the best things come slowly.

    I’m certain that Jesus was never in a rush, never concerned about efficiency. Because efficiency has to leave quality behind.

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