Five Minute Friday: Slow

**In case you noticed, my website was hacked this weekend but I’ve got it back up now!  I lost a few posts when I had to restore a backup from earlier this month but I’ll try to recover those soon.  Thanks for your patience in all this.**

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “slow.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

So many things in my life are changing or up in the air right now.  And I want it all to be finished with NOW!  But, as with most things, it is all taking longer and going slower than I would like.

I’m finding out some things about my personality more and more lately – or maybe just being reminded of them again.  I’m finding out that I can easily get very task-oriented and slide into problem-solving mode (once I’ve gone through my procrastination and avoidance phase first, however).

I’m finding that God seems to be telling me to SLOW DOWN and stop trying to work things out all on my own.  Trusting in Him means that I do not just need to react or blaze ahead blindly.  Leaning into Him means that I can stop my racing heart and my problem-solving mind when these issues come up.  Slowing down means that I can ask myself if I have brought all this before God in prayer yet (or at all).

Even as I write this I can feel myself taking a few deep breaths and relaxing my body.  So maybe the things I want changed right now can be a chance for me to practice what I preach.  Can I see them in this light instead of simply something that needs to be dealt with and fixed? I hope so!

As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:9)

4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Slow

  1. Jeannie Prinsen

    I know EXACTLY what you mean when you refer to your “racing heart and problem-solving mind.” This is me, too: I wake up at night and a problem surfaces in my mind, and there I go, turning it over in my mind, trying to solve and predict and prevent … often, I confess, without praying AT ALL. I really appreciate your post (and the “slow” prompt itself) because it reminds me that my timing and God’s may be totally different.

    Jeannie (your “neighbour” at #50 in the FMF linkup)

    1. Bethany Post author

      Ah so good to hear this from you today. And to know we are not alone in it all! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. 🙂

  2. Tara Ulrich

    We all need to remember to slow down and catch our breathe. It’s something we as the world are not good at. I’m so sorry your site was hacked. That stinks. I’m in the 6 spot this week.

  3. kelly @kellyblackwell

    “Trusting in Him means that I do not just need to react or blaze ahead blindly. ”
    Oh my word, girl! Yeppers to this. Though I admit I can procrastinate a bit as well before I am all full steam ahead. Thank you for sharing Isaiah 55:9 that is a perfect post for slowing down.
    God bless you!
    Dropping by from FMF. Visiting from spot #69.


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