Slowing Down

Ann VoscampIt’s not entirely our fault, really. Instant gratification is what we’ve become accustomed to… Sure, we can blame it on society…maybe we should take a look inward at our own impatience. “We want IT, and we want it NOW!” Why are we in such a hurry? What are we missing as we fly through life?

We order movie tickets online, call ahead seating. If the line at the drive thru is too long they come to the car…so we won’t have to wait too long. Oh, hell! Amazon will deliver within two hours, and throw in a cookie…because Heaven we need a TREAT!! My own kids forgo half the rides at amusement parks….Wait for it…Because the lines are too long. My heart truly bleeds for them.

What have we done?

This racing around, demanding things happen this instant…It’s creeped into my heart and soul. I’m impatient in all areas of my life. Instead of enjoying the day to day, and trusting the journey I’ve been given. I find myself restless about the future. Constantly questioning and Praying about where I should be; where my family should be….what our path should be.

But, here’s the kicker…I haven’t been Praying…I’ve been “demanding”. That’s really no different than when my kids demand something of me. Seriously, Talk to the hand!

Only He knows exactly what I need, and maybe…just maybe I should be Still. And Quiet. And Pray.

There is no reason to rush; I’ve missed so much. I’ve always believed that things happen for a reason, and somewhere along the way I’ve let that fade from my heart. My heart and Hands are open. I will trust the journey…

Breathing in. Breathing out. Being conscience of every moment. Everyday.

Ann Voscamp: Fo all Us Hop-ers

No More Blinders


Do you ever lay your head on your pillow at night and wonder how you got there?  I mean really. Where did the last 12 hours go? How is it even possible that I blinked and the day is gone?  I know I’m not the only person that feels this way. Almost robotically I move through my day. One foot in front of the other, room to room, place to place, from one task to the next…strictly out of habit…checking things off my list.

Please don’t get me wrong…It has nothing to do with “loving” my life.  I have a wonderful life. I am a stay at home Mom…a job that I am the most proud of. I am married to a wonderful, kind, and loving man; my best friend. And, we have five kids who are incredible and individual, and amaze us every day.  Even with all of these blessings I like so many many other people have put on blinders to the joy and beauty that has been given to me in my everyday life.  Blinders to the Joy and Peace that comes from taking time to notice the simple things; the smallest of gifts I’ve been given. Everyday gifts.

Taking time to soak in the moments of my life, and be more aware…this will take a conscience effort on my part.  My blinders will have to come off…My eyes will have to be open.  Noticing the different shades of green on the landscape after a spring storm, the last drips of coffee into my morning cup, Pickle’s hair blowing across her face as she flies down the street on her Ripstick, the laughter from my boys as they wrestle, sweet loving texts from my husband, the smell of my garden’s first rose….These are just a few of my moments from yesterday.


How much have I missed? No more! My blinders are coming off. This is it. This is my life. This is my NOW!! And, I will be living it with My Eyes Wide Open!