And when she let go of control she stepped into a realm of joy & peace that led her exactly where she needed to be.
living slowly with Jesus…
I’ve been wanting to write a post on living a bit more slowly and presently with Jesus for quite a while, but I haven’t even felt close to confident enough to sit down and fully write out my thoughts about it. Trying to live a less stressful and anxious life isn’t really guaranteed… hence the hesitation! But in my case growing and learning have been. So… here are a few ways I’ve been learning to move a little closer to God in this hectic and overwhelming world…
I’d say about a year ago I started to become more familiar with the term and meaning of living more “slowly,” or “slower…”
My mind was instantly drawn to the words around me speaking about how to live more peacefully and present. Slowly God kept showing me little by little that living in the wrong moments and worrying about the wrong things is one of my biggest problems.
A large part of “slow living” is living more materialistically natural, for example… living more ethically, waste-free, or sustainably. Quite honestly I’ve never gotten into much of that side of simple-living but those things do impact and change the way we take care of our earth and minds.
I was drawn more to the mental part of slow living. Being more spiritually intentional, present, and mindful. I’m a very worrisome person so the Lord seemed to be pointing me somewhere right… So… here are some ways that have changed my heart, mind, and relationshop with Jesus…
I’ve been catholic my entire life and would’ve liked to think I was especially growing in the last few years, but quite honestly I realized that I was getting stuck (and still do) living more for this world and its goals than becoming closer to Jesus and my faith… So when I started to prioritize my time little by little with the things in my life that are actually important and take with me in prayer my need to live more presently and for some grace and strength in the ability to slow down during my days to focus, I slowly began to see the grace abound in just the simple deep breaths, sights on this beautiful earth, and the simple kindness in others.
It’s so easy to fall into the busyness of this world and especially get caught up in the lifelong to-do lists that we think leads to our success and happiness.
It’s a little too hard now for the simple and meaningful graces to be seen.
still learning and growing.
Learning to stop and slow down doesn’t come very naturally to us. We look around and see that the faster we move the more successful and fulfilled we’ll be… But moving faster is just setting us behind. I realized last year how messed up my mind was in this area of living, because it’s not really living, it’s just moving. I still, and probably will always fail by looking around myself and compareing the speed and timing God’s giving others. I still get caught up in this busy and overwhelmed
decrease to increase.
“He must increase; I must decrease.”
“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.” John 3:30-31
Decreasing in things/habits in my life is an area where I still move slowly and hesitantly. But It’s a very essential and important practice, especially for our cloudy minds. Clearing things/materials from my life
And sometimes in life, you may have some things you might want/need to distance yourself with, maybe emotionally, physically, or mentally. And man do I struggle to cage myself into things!! About every other week If I’m drowning in that overwhelming thing called living I almost always end up taking to prayer in a journal. Somehow writing down the words that worry me lets my mind comprehend when I struggle to see a clear path through it all.
Learning to be a little more intentional and mindful is a hard habit to forge into life… But I’ve been told to be closer to Jesus we have to spend some time with Him! 🙈 AND!!!! There are so many ways to do so! Such as… novenas, a simple rosary, a chaplet of mercy, hundreds of thousands of books, going to daily mass/mass in general, visits adoration, journaling, and simple conversations with Jesus. And yes. I know, it always sounds easier said than down, As much as I can write these ideas down, and know they exist, my will do them can be sooo weak. The enemy loves to take our determined and inspired minds off these things that bring us closer to Jesus. So I try to do a little planning and make Him a priority. We have such short lives here on earth to waste it on our dumb selfish pleasures.
prayer, planning, and simple moments.
I’ve never really had a time of day I planned to pray. I never said morning or night prayers or had a time every day that I would read my bible. And I never knew how to pray with the Lectio Devina, (praying with scripture.) But when I set out to pray a little more than right before I ate, or before and during mass, God taught me to reach out to Him a little more, (like we’re told to do.) Taking to prayer my days before they start and giving up my days when they end has given me a bit more acceptance over the bad, good, and the things
I’m a very set in stone person, everything needs to be situated, and somewhere in my mind, it thinks everything has to be perfect. But quite frankly, there hasn’t been anything like this summer where He has been slowly breaking me away from those controlling habits. Living like that has never made it any easier, It’s only ever added
Simple Moments :
In this new journey of mine, learning to cut bad things out of my life, being more intentional in prayer, learning about my faith, and slowing down during my days to take a deep breath, and thank God, I’ve learned that the most important part of it all
And of course, there is never a bit of success without a bit of failure. Even though slowing down helps my mind focus and relax in the real present life, if anybody struggles to do these things, it’s me. I so easily get stuck putting the stress back up on my shoulders, carrying the weight of my failure with me without the reminder of Jesus’ offering to take my sins with Him. But! I’m here, writing. And realizing that without these struggles I wouldn’t need much from God.
“Today is a new day filled with new grace,
Thanks for reading friends. Even though My words probably won’t do much justice for some others who can speak about this topic much better, I’m so happy that God has opened my eyes to some truth about the routines we put ourselves in. Hurry and rush are not in God’s nature.
I’m continuing to learn and pray. And I would love to write some more in-depth posts about all these subjects like being overwhelmed, journaling with Jesus, and other ways I’m trying to grow in my faith.