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We Have a Catastrophe!

January 12, 2015

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“He just blew through that stop sign!” A statement that could be said of us all. If you think I’m talking about literal stop signs, you must not know me.

I promised a new look for my blog. Notice there is no new look yet. I was surfing, looking for ideas for a blog update when I came across this photo. (I’m still waiting for inspiration and/or revelation.) This photo perfectly captures the American dilemma  that I warn against. Actually, for four years I have typed on these keys, encouraging, warning, almost pleading to any who would “take a time out” to hear my heart’s cry. SLOW DOWN! STOP! STOP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

What have you heard? What steps have you taken to change the pace of your life? OH, I fully understand the immense challenge it is to change. I have been in re-modification mode since the creation of this blog. It is a challenge to make change. It is a challenge to step back and live differently than the masses, BUT we must! We are in the midst of a stop sign catastrophe.

This past year I wrote a book, I might add, a result of slowing down. The book’s title, which is another option for a new blog name, is Our Lives Are Too Crazy. I have sent proposals out, beginning the process of seeking publication. As I wrote this book, and as I have written this blog, my eyes have been opened to the consequences of our crazy lives. Those who plow right through the stop sign may have a rude awakening. In a traffic situation, if you run a stop sign, you risk your life. Living a crazy life and not heeding the warnings to stop, also puts you in the position for many risks and many losses. I wrote 15 chapters on the issues at stake.

Here we are already in mid January. Resolutions have been declared, goals have been set, and plans for the coming year have been made. I have a request. For the remainder of this month would you pray, maybe even fast and pray and offer your goals and plans to God. Let Him guide your steps. Be willing to listen to His voice. Do not seek Him and have no intention of doing what He says. We hold so tightly to our own plans and dreams. I am so very guilty of this. But when we truly submit, what He has in store for us is so very much greater. We are consistently shortchanging ourselves because our minds are worldly, shortsighted, and lacking focus on the eternal. Do not be offended. Every human has this problem. We ARE worldly minded to different degrees. We are shortsighted. Our lives are so crazy that many of us only have vision to get us through the next event or activity, and ALL of us lack focusing on the eternal values and life more than the cares of this world.

Do not be one more victim of the stop sign catastrophe. Heed the sign. Stop, and take the time to seek God.

As I proceed with my own plans, I would love to hear from you. Please tell me:

1. Have you received help from this blog?

2. Do I offer enough practical advice on how to slow down?

3. Have you made any life changes due to this blog?

4. Do you like the look of this blog or should it be updated?

5. What is your greatest obstacle in changing the pace of your life?

6. Why do you read this blog and what is your favorite thing about it?

As my thank you to all who comment, I have a small gift. Be sure to include your e-mail and I will send you “A Month of Wisdom to Slow Things Down”  This will be a printable document so that you can create your own 3×5 cards with a daily quote from me and others much wiser than I.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Here is a glimpse into my world this morning.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bobbi Jasay permalink
    January 12, 2015 12:51 pm

    1. Have you received help from this blog? Yes!

    2. Do I offer enough practical advice on how to slow down? Hmmmm. . .that’s a hard one. 🙂 You offer wonderful advice, but quantifying it as enough is something I think only you can answer. If you offer the advice God gives you to offer, then you have offered enough–whether that amount is large or small.

    3. Have you made any life changes due to this blog? Wellllllllllllllllllllllllll . . . honestly, not much. But not for lack of wanting to. LOL

    4. Do you like the look of this blog or should it be updated? Your blog is beautiful, but if you are bored with it, update it!

    5. What is your greatest obstacle in changing the pace of your life? My life.

    6. Why do you read this blog and what is your favorite thing about it? I read this blog because your stories and writing style draw me in. I love the sweet spirit you present in this blog. I love your humor. I love your honesty.

    • January 15, 2015 2:47 pm

      Thank you for commenting! I have some cards I’ve already made. I will drop them by soon.

  2. Diana permalink
    January 12, 2015 4:19 pm

    1. Yes, I have received help from your blog.
    2. Ditto to what Bobbi said…she said it very well.
    3. I have not made life changes from a decision of choice….some life changes have happened because…well, that is how life goes sometimes….
    4. I love the look, but then I’m partial anything ‘tea’, but you if want a different look…it is your blog.
    5. My greatest obstacle in changing my pace of life would be how I allow others and their situations to impact me.
    6. I read this first because you have been a dear friend for many years. I also appreciate the way your writing gets me to thinking. I appreciate that you are ‘real’.

    • January 15, 2015 2:47 pm

      I have these cards made up and I will come by and deliver some to you. Thanks for the comments.

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