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Pause and Take In His Goodness

There’s you, rushing out the door, keys in hand, and someone is missing a shoe.

Yelling voices and missing wallets fluster you as the car almost backs into a closed garage door. Lungs deeply sigh, and then you floor it out the opened door. As your face hits the warm sun, you pause at the brilliant sky all around your humble home. Brakes are hit, voices are silenced for a moment, and you breathe out.

Rushing life never got anyone to a solid destination. Life flies by, blurred and loud as you forget moments that are meant to linger and sweet thoughts are flushed away with the fast forward button you carry on your sleeve.

Psalm 46:10 ESV

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Living in an ever-busy and chaotic world can bring one down. We miss out on so much when our to-do lists and fast-paced lifestyles bring less fulfillment along with more commitment. We scramble to make sense of the lack of achievement when our calendars promise excitement.

When we forget to pause and place God in our lives ahead of wonderlust adventures and trophy child activities, we lose out on the true gifts that await us. A fulfilled life needs subsidence and not just a happy looking shell.

Taking a pause, letting the sunlight caress your face, and enjoying the depth of the blue sky that the Lord hand-made will bring more peace than a trip across town and back with flustered children and fast food bags in the middle of stuffed schedules.

You can have blessed assurance in the Lord when you take in His blessings while striving to keep His statutes first and foremost. All the rest will fall into place when you honor your Father who gave you the capability to create a playlist of life.

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Psalm 29:11 

May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless[ his people with peace!

The Lord promises His gift of peace and grace to His children. This is the free gift in salvation. Pausing in the sunlight is only a small blessing compared to the multitude that follow upon the path of a believer.

10 thoughts on “Pause and Take In His Goodness

  1. Just discovered your blog through the Five Minute Friday linkup. Thanks for sharing your perspective on pausing. I really enjoyed your post 🙂

  2. “When we forget to pause and place God in our lives ahead of wonderlust adventures and trophy child activities, we lose out on the true gifts that await us.” Oh, this is so true. Sometimes we think we don’t have time to pause, but we need to remember how much we need those pauses, to be fully in the moment, to thank and praise God for His goodness. Blessings to you!

  3. I have a plaque of that verse “Be Still and Know That I Am God” on my wall. It is important to rest in his presence and submit to him in quiet trust even though we’re tempted to want to be busy doing other things or to attend to all other matters.

  4. “Living in an ever-busy and chaotic world can bring one down. We miss out on so much when our to-do lists and fast-paced lifestyles bring less fulfillment along with more commitment. We scramble to make sense of the lack of achievement when our calendars promise excitement.”
    Thanks for your lovely post and encouraging insight into this wonderful word… pause.

    I work as the receptionist in our local middle school. Constantly parents stand in front of me lined up to the door tapping their fingers impatiently waiting for me to hurry up. They came late to pick up their child and they have appointments and …. hurry up their tapping fingers demand of me. I want to say, “slow down, will you? slow down and enjoy the time you have with these children who will very soon move away from you…. slow down.” I take my time to do my job correctly. I smile and encourage and do my best to help them pause for just a moment while they wait.

    My real life is no longer so hectic with children grown and parents nearby. My husband has Parkinson’s and so his life has without his permission been put on pause. A symptom of Parkinson’s Disease is slowness. I’ve had to learn to slow down to walk beside him rather than in front of him. I catch myself all the time turning around to wait while he catches up. I am caused to pause because I want to walk with him – not alone and ahead. =)

    Visiting you from #50 on the FMF link up.
    ~Lisa

  5. Terminal cancer’s been a blessing, as it’s slowed me down in time to see hat I had missed, and to learn to intentionally enjoy every day. No-one ants the pain or the other things that go with it, but if it as the price I had to pay to open my eyes and heart…it’s been worth it.

    And I have floored it through a closed garage door. Oops.

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