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child eats yogurtHeidi of God is Doing a New Thing wrote about busyness and her “refusal to rest in the Lord”:

“I don’t know how you do all you do!”

Compliments like these cause me to evaluate if I unwittingly parade “all I do” around specifically so I can get accolades from others. I hope not!

The truth is, I don’t do *any* of the many things I do well. (Even now, a part of me wants to list them all for you, so you can know what I mean. The other part of me–the suspicious part of me–thinks this would merely be a perverse attempt to win yet more accolades and encouragement…so I will restrain myself!)

What if my busyness (something that is celebrated and respected in our culture) is just another way to keep from being in the present moment?

What if God wants me to be still and know that he is God?

Be still and know that I am not?…

Read all of  “Busyness – My Refusal to Rest in the Lord” HERE.

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Check out this slow-down-themed post by Faith Barista Bonnie Gray, guest-posting at {this} restless heart:

10 Ways to Make Rest One Ambition

Here’s an excerpt:

I was driving around with friends from out of town, when we got on the topic of stress increasing in a social media saturated lifestyle. On top of the dailiness of work, family and friends, some of us are trying to blog, tweet, Facebook, return email and phone calls.

I admitted that I had to cut down time on Twitter because “I just don’t have the bandwidth.”

My friends burst out laughing at my Silicon-Valley-ite terminology. No, my internet connection isn’t slow or on the fritz. I was talking about personal margin, in my schedule and spiritual space.

Read the post in its entirety HERE.

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Visit A Sideways Glance and you’ll discover that Zoe Sandvig spent a couple of months in the country where she was born: Australia.

In one of her posts she describes “one of the most breathtakingly sleepy towns on the southern edge of New South Wales: Nelligen.” A town that “invites passersby to take a Sunday afternoon nap with it.”

Is there a place you’ve been that invites rest? That creates an oasis, a retreat, a space to let go? Have you found your Nelligen?

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dogsled team Matt Dickerson wrote a great “slow-down” article at The High Calling (a resource for people seeking the high calling of their work and daily life) entitled God’s Prescription for Workaholics.”

He begins:

We are a society addicted to work. Our culture worships a god of productivity, or more accurately a god of frenzied activity.

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