I have missed two Five Minute Friday blog post due to overload. This week’s prompt from Kate, SLOW, is apposite at the end of a rushed week.
On Monday I observed the tendency to accelerate under pressure, as my route was disrupted by road closures. It happens in the spiritual as well as the physical life.
On Tuesday I dealt with the laundry and leftovers from a family stay for the first time since the Pandemic started.
On Wednesday ideas were flowing and I hoped to press on with writing the third novel of a trilogy but priority tasks intervened.
I spent Thursday trying to resolve an unforeseen crisis in a charity where I am a trustee.
By Friday I was desperate for some time to myself and abandoned my usual quiet time. Big mistake!
On Saturday I filled the car with everything we needed for a self catering long weekend.
On Sunday morning I sat on the beach as the sun rose over the water and breathed!
Looking back the week went well in spite of the pressures. I felt the Lord with me during the family stay and the difficult trustees meeting. When I did eventually sit down to write I captured the ideas from earlier in the week. The only disaster was the day I did not pray. I lost my temper, became very agitated and achieved nothing.
My Bible reading this morning referred to a quote from Heidi Baker ‘More is accomplished by spending time in God’s presence than by doing anything else.‘ I should have heeded Jesus’s words ‘Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.’
I live near London with a big-hearted husband and a very small dog. As well as being a trustee, I am writing a family saga based on events in the worlds newest country, South Sudan.