Day 8: Slow Me Down

My husband and I are in a couples group and we started this new book called “Emotionally Healthy Spiritually.” Yes, I’m reading two books at once. I love books. Some books I read every word while others I just skim. This one is a skim type of book because it’s loaded with so much information. I’m not gonna lie, I have anxiety about what this book is going to say about my anxiety, among other things.

I thought I’d share a few sections that stood out to me starting with the story of Mary & Martha. I’ve heard this story a gazillion times, but it’s such a good reminder. The author says Mary & Martha represent two approaches to the Christian life. I can already tell you which one I’m exemplifying these days.

Meet Martha

Martha is actively serving Jesus, but she is missing Jesus. She is busy in the doing of life. Her life, at this moment, is filled with “shoulds” and “have tos.” Her life is fragmented, pressured, and filled with distractions. her duties have become disconnected from her love for Jesus. Martha’s problem goes beyond her busyness. Her life is uncentered and divided. I suspect that if Martha were to sit at the feet of Jesus, she would still be distracted with everything on her mind. Her inner person is touchy, irritable and anxious…

I so get that. This is such a Martha season for me right now. It’s no wonder this story comes under the heading of the Gift of Slowing Down. I am in need of slowing down. Maybe you are too.

Over the summer, I read a fiction book by John Grisham. It’s called Bleachers and was about football. [I LOVE football and am a huge Seahawks fan. Sometimes I think I’m a sports writer] 🙂 I bought the book for 50 cents at a book sale. A few chapters in, a little book mark fell out. I think God was trying to tell me something but I am a slow learner < at least I can do something slow. I’ve included a picture below. Plus I  included a selfie of me in my Seahawks jersey for your enjoyment. Go Hawks!

Meet Julianne
Meet Mary

Mary on the other hand, is sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to him. She is “being” with Jesus, enjoying intimacy with him, loving him, attentive, open, quiet, taking pleasure in his presence… Her inner person has slowed down enough to focus on Jesus and to center her life on him.

Meet the inexhaustible God

Christianity is not about our disciplined pursuit of God, but about God’s relentless pursuit of us–to the point of dying on a cross for us that we might become his friends. The inexhaustible God loves us so intensely that every time we turn to him after wandering from his love for us, all heaven breaks out in thunderous celebration (Luke 15:7)

Prayer For me & For You

God teach me to be calm and to quiet my mind. Inspire me to go deep and help me to slow down. Amen

write-31-daysThis is Day 8 of a 31-day series on writing naked. You can find the series in its entirety HERE.

This does not involve the removal of actual clothing. So please! keep them on!

Day 9