Pace is the Five Minute Friday word prompt for this week. The first thought I had was the advice I’ve heard and given often. Go at your own pace. But as I thought about it, I wondered what really determines our rhythm or tempo or speed.
[bctt tweet=”Should we go fast or slow or somewhere in between? Maybe you feel like your days go by in a blur and you wonder when you can rest.” username=”GaylWright”]
Slowing the Pace
My phone chimes every couple of hours during the day. I set those alarms to remind me to stop, pray and acknowledge that God is with me throughout the day. It’s a gentle reminder, but I’m not always consistent.
[bctt tweet=”Sometimes I just go from one thing to another without really thinking about why or when or how it should be done. Do you do this, too?” username=”GaylWright”]
I can make lists and try to space my time so that there is a balance of rest and work. But that doesn’t always work, because of interruptions or delays of one kind or another.
Recently, after having lower back trouble, I have been forced to slow my pace. Even though there has been pain and it was hard to walk around, I have been blessed during this time of rest. I’ve been able to work in my art journal and also make collage bookmarks. I laminate the bookmarks and give them as gifts.
My daughter gave me the painted rocks resting on the above photo. I thought they went well with this recent art page. They remind me of the words found in Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
*I thought it was interesting that the footnote for still waters said it meant literally waters of rest.
[bctt tweet=”I keep the rocks in my view during the day. Whenever I look at them I think of Psalm 23, and I remember that Jesus gives me rest.” username=”GaylWright”]
Even in my busyness I can stop for a minute and take a breather. I might even say a breath prayer thanking God for His provision of rest.
How about you? What helps you find rest in your busy days?