Slow living used to be such a foreign concept to me. As most moms are, I was busy. We added another child to our home every two or three years, and my days were full. But as time passed by, I started to feel like something was missing.
Sure, I spent time with my husband and children, but so much of what we did was a blur. I didn’t feel like I was taking in what was important. Instead, I was usually focused on whatever task was next.
This started a dreadful cycle of never truly appreciating the here and now. I knew that I needed to take a step back and make a change.
I wanted to remember the way my husband held our little ones after a long day at work. I wanted to remember the little hands clenched in mine as we took a walk. But I couldn’t seem to do that amongst all of our busy-ness.
I felt the Lord tell me to enjoy all of the blessings in my life and to slow down. His Word is full of encouragement to live quietly and meekly, while taking in the blessings…namely my husband and children.
…that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you…
I Thessalonians 4:11 NKJV
I just wasn’t doing this while I was moving so fast.
It is such a shame, really. I feel like many years of memories were lost to my own foolishness.
Living slowly is beautiful. It is worshipful. It says, I’m thankful for this day that the Lord has made, and I’m going to take it in.
Living slowly is like squeezing every last drop out of the day. It takes nothing for granted.
It is a good example to our children when we live this way. In the frenzied world we live in, we might be the only place they can look to if they hope to learn to live slowly.
Living slowly can also help us cultivate a deep relationship with our husbands. When we give our guys undivided attention and the time they need, our relationships will flourish.
I’d like to encourage you to decompress and slow down. There is such beauty to be found here!