Unforced rhythms of grace

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.

3 thoughts on “Unforced rhythms of grace

  1. ‘More is accomplished by spending time in God’s presence than by doing anything else.‘

    Yes! Amen! Thank you so much for this reminder!

    FMF #20


  2. I love that you noticed the pattern of being out of rhythm and hurried as you navigated your week and that God reminded you of His rhythm of grace! It sounds like you experienced an excellent example that won’t be forgotten. Way to be open to God’s leading!


  3. I love that imagery of the road closures in our spiritual life. I must admit, I don’t handle either (physical or spiritual road closures) very well. I pray God helps me overcome these tendencies.

    Amie, FMF #21


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