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Over the margins of life comes a whisper, a faint call,

a premonition of richer living which we know we are passing by.

Strained by the very mad pace of our daily outer burdens,

we are further strained by an inward uneasiness,

because we have hints that there is a way of life

vastly richer and deeper than all this hurried existence,

a life of unhurried serenity and peace and power.

(Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion,
as quoted in The Reflective Life, by Ken Gire)

1  Gire, Ken. The Reflective Life.  Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor Publishing, a division of Cook Communications, 1998. 13.
Photo credit:  Dimitri Castrique via stock.xchng
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About a year ago, Ashley at One Ordinary Day mused about Slowing Down her life as mom of three little girls.

I love the tone of her post. She wrote it almost like a diary entry, sorting through her thoughts as she went along. It feels like I’m sitting down and talking with her about life, parenting, and slowing.

She shared this quote that seemed to get to the heart of the things she was realizing:

How much of our weariness is related to chasing
after things wholly unrelated to glorifying God?”
~Jane Bentley

She wrote, “Lately it’s become clear to me that I need to RELAX, and stop focusing so much on the hard stuff … I want to have joy in my life, and I want my little girls to grow up with happy memories.  They can have those forever.”

Her conclusion?

I’m trying to slow down.  Take time to relax.  Enjoy my girls, enjoy my family and friends, just LIVE life, instead of working so hard to keep life under control.  Because it will be over all too quickly.  And my little girls will be grown up SO SOON.  I want to just have fun with them, and let them be little as long as they can.

I know it’s the will of God for me to be a mom to three crazy little girls, and I want to enjoy it, to really savor every moment with them.  Because even though time will pass quickly, and those moments will be gone, the joy of having lived them is something that can’t be taken away.  It’s a gift.  I don’t want to be so busy that I miss it.

Like Ashley, I want to enjoy being mom to my kids; to really savor every moment with them.

Time does pass quickly, and those moments are soon past, but as Ashley observed, the joy of having lived those moments can’t be taken away.

It’s a gift.

I don’t want to be so busy that I miss it.