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No Swimming Allowed!

October 28, 2013

I know it has been a while since I last posted a blog, but I’m still here with plenty to share and plenty of encouragement for you. Our family has been hard at work building barns, adding animals and canning produce. I will share some photos with you soon, but first I hope you’ll enjoy today’s post and once again find some encouragement to slow down.

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” This positive little statement was the mantra of a forgetful, little, blue fish named Dory. Clueless to the adversity surrounding her, she swam onward as she chanted, “Just keep swimming.”
In the past I would have joined Dory in her little song and pressed onward and upward; persistence, after all is a desirable quality. Sometimes we can resemble an entire school of blue Dories pressing forward, stopping for nothing, sticking to the plan, but just like Dory we might be clueless.
Here we are again at the precipice of the holiday season. School and our lives by now have settled into a routine. For some of us it is a routine of rush, rush, rush. The coming holiday season only seems to add more to our already bulging schedules but here we are singing our little mantra, “Just keep swimming.”
Dory was wrong. It is not always best to keep on keeping on. When you are heading toward a cliff is not the time to keep on swimming. I would venture to say pay attention to the “NO SWIIMING!” sign.
Thanksgiving is a holiday set aside to give thanks. Do you find yourself filled with thanks, or do you find yourself grumbling in a hot kitchen? Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Do you truly have time to focus on the Lord and this incredible gift or does the season swamp you with an unending to-do list?
I’m sure you may already be bracing yourself for the onslaught of tasks, decorating, shopping, activities, practices, programs and parties. The idea of coming to a quiet place and adoring Jesus is just not in the plans. We do what we’ve done year after year. We act and live compelled to do all that is required even though our hearts and spirits ache for communion with God. We fulfill traditions and expectations of others but we don’t fellowship with our Lord on His birthday, and we teach our children to do the same.
Jesus is calling. He is calling to those who would listen. He is asking us to say “no” to human demands and say “yes” to the call of the spirit. Too much of what we do and seek are but stubble and cause emptiness in the end.
The Word has told us to choose THIS day whom we will serve. Do we serve our overburdened schedules, which are merciless taskmasters or do we serve the Lord who says, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” Are your souls and lives at rest?
I challenge you to stop and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” If the honest answer is tradition, other’s expectations or merely because you are trapped in the stream and can’t seem to get out; I would say to you, “STOP SWIMMING!” Do not let another holiday season sweep away your time, your family’s time and your focus on Him who is the reason for the season. It will take determination and even courage. It will take the word, NO and it will take time in prayer, but you will gain the peace and joy we speak about each year, but never have.
So, I wish you each a Holiday season of peace and joy; a holiday season of freedom and quietness; a season of nothing less than the presence of God.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    October 29, 2013 7:49 am

    Thanks Debbie…encouraging words of wisdom.

  2. Noah permalink
    October 29, 2013 11:39 am

    Excellent advice 🙂

  3. permalink
    October 29, 2013 8:18 pm

    Really nicely written, Debbie! And also pertinent and on the mark! Thanks!

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Erica Reum permalink
    October 30, 2013 9:07 pm

    This was an awesome blog! Very much needed! Thank you for another good word and telling me just what I needed to hear! 🙂

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