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It’s Monday, and I’m a mom who just moved, and I’ve had mountains to settle, and I feel compelled today to live the unhurried life.

I’ve written on this before, but it boomeranged back to my heart again this week. As I hustle to unravel my life in a new place I feel this inner pressure to get everything hung, placed, positioned, tucked, folded, or trashed very quickly. I also have ideas and visions of some things I want to have my hand in, to have play out, to embark upon in this new season, and the dreamer in me is wanting to wake up and makes things actually come to pass.

And then there’s these kids, all bright eyed with hearts supple and open and gaping a bit, who need a filling from their Mama.

So basically I’ve been in blitz mode.

And it’s left my heart and mind stamped and scrambled.

It’s my own fault. I’ve had this rush and hurry tendency as long as I can remember. And if I’m honest, it has stolen many moments from my family and I.

So, God, just help me to get it….

That living life at break neck speeds only leaves us broken.

It will not leave us caught up, ahead, content, or rewarded – it will only leave us withered, cranky, gnarled.

But here’s the really sweet thing…

We have a new beginning with it being Monday and all. We have new mercies today. New chances. New opportunities. We will fail at some of them. But we can win at some too.

Maybe we could find a taste of victory in slowing some this week.

Maybe soaking in the moments will result in some real satisfaction.

Slowing down just might build us up.

I reread a few posts I wrote a while back about pacing and tendencies and decelerating. I’d like to leave you with them today, along with a few other good resources – about resisting the rush.

Hugs to each of you.


Click here to read Pace, my post about slowing.

Click here to read about a slow morning we enjoyed a few years back.

Click here for a short, must watch video for all mothers who feel the need to rush.

Find a copy of the second issue of The Magnolia Journal. It’s from Joanna Gaines and her crew. They choose a virtue for each issue to look at and learn from. The second issue is on simplicity. I highly recommend it as we attempt to live a life with more margin built in.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Jan Thompson

    SO happy to see these words from you today. Happy for you, as you take a good, deep breath and realize you must smell the roses or you won’t realize their beauty !! Happy for me, as I realize I have come a long way in letting go of the rushed feelings I have had in my younger days. Lifes’ sunset years are so much more comfortable. Thank you my Katie. ❤

  2. Kate

    “Life’s sunset years….” – I love the wording of that. Beautiful. I sure do miss you and hope to see you soon!

  3. Katie Crawford

    I’ve read a few of your posts and this one touched this momma’s heart. I’m thankful you are finding your way in our slow down town. I hope my family can meet yours face to face soon. We love CF and have enjoyed experiencing this awesome transition first hand. The first week of our new pastor have been phenomenal. My son, Jonah, and Jace have already met and Jonah speaks of him highly. Thank you again for the beautiful words to put into action.

  4. Kate

    Thank you Katie! So happy to know that our boys have connected! And thank you for reading. This whole rush and hurry thing is something I feel so passionate about, yet still find so hard to manage. We are enjoying TN so far, and we are expectant and excited to see what the Lord has in store! Blessings to you!

  5. Lacey Thompson

    You get the “hurry up” gene from your Daddy! But he has found ways to make it work for him. You will too darlin! Proud of our little girl! See you soon!

  6. Kate

    I can’t wait to see y’all!!!! 🙂 Love you!

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