This post actually started as a Facebook update… but I quickly realized this was more than what should go on a timeline. And it may be more than what should go on a blog, but it’s my heart- take it or leave it :).
Many of you know I’m obsessed with the Present Over Perfect book. Some of you have even received it from me as a little token of our friendship with hopes it helps transform your life in a way it has mine. This book was an awakening to who I am, what I crave and what I need to let go of. I am a child of God. I crave busyness and fast-paced chaos. I need to let go of both – busyness and fast-paced chaos.
There were many things that just clicked when reading the book. So many things that seemed more obvious, and God’s grace is one of them. Gods grace is everywhere I look, and it’s not even that He turned up the flow on the grace faucet, I just finally opened my eyes to it.
To hear God’s voice, to be led a certain direction requires not only a willingness to listen [and to follow] but a space created without distractions and noise drowning out His voice. I may say I’m ready to listen, but with every text, email, call, calendar alert and request that comes at me around the clock, how can I truly be available?
Space. I had to create it. Easier said than done… because here’s the deal with space… It’s unnatural to create room in life when your day has been as condensed as a gluten free, dairy free cake. If you’ve had one of those mistakes, you know what I’m talking about- no moisture, no nourishment and no fluidity. It’s rock hard, dry, lifeless and can’t soak anything up. Something has to give- something has to be given up and not immediately filled with something else in it’s place OR it must be filled with something incredibly life giving. Only you know what life giving means to you- time with God, time with family or perhaps, just silence.
The other thing about space (consider this a friendly warning), is it’s impossible to please everyone that was in your original space. There will be hurt feelings, unsatisfied relationships- work or personal. I don’t know the solution to this other than to step up the prayers for mercy and understanding in those relationships and trust that you know the intentions of your heart.
My dad always said to take time to smell the roses. I think I thought I was doing that because I buy myself flowers fairly often. I mean that counts, right? Hardly. They’re the backdrop to a food photo, the backdrop to a life I haven’t been truly soaking up.
So if you’ve read this far.. (bless your heart), I hope you feel at least a tiny urge to make a change. To evaluate how you spend your time. To evaluate your relationships. To evaluate yourself and what brings you joy. And if you haven’t a clue where to start, I highly suggest reading Present Over Perfect.
Much love, Shannon <3