Can you believe it’s fall already? The temperature here in the South has not gotten the memo and it’s still in the 90’s. What I wouldn’t give for a nice fall day. I’ve got my jeans, sweaters, and boots waiting in the wings…sadly it looks like they will be waiting for a while.
Another reason I love fall…it means summer is over and life has structure again!
One day a couple of weeks ago, after school had begun, I met a friend for coffee to catch up. I hadn’t seen her all summer, and I missed my friend! Finally, there was time to sit down and chat over coffee to fill in the gaps of time.
Before she said a word, I could sense the tiredness in her.
I listened as my friend spoke of her non-stop summer. A child going to college, home renovations, marriage struggles, and two other kids with busting-at-the-seams schedules. Of course, she’s tired!
The hour flew by, and as we realized the time and sipped down the last bit of our now-cold coffees, we both laughed and agreed how ready we were for summer to wind down. We welcomed the steady rhythm the school year always brings.
I was thinking, later, of how her story was no different than mine and countless others. “If you’re not moving fast you’re doing it all wrong!” the culture screams. We are fast-paced human beings who forget that taking a few moments for ourselves to stop, listen, and breathe actually gets us further.
It’s almost like we’ve been trained from childhood to stay busy or you’re lazy.
This past week, instead of taking Sunday to rest, I worked straight through the day and fell into bed exhausted. Because of my desire to get things done, I’ve been a day ahead all week. Monday felt like Tuesday, I thought Tuesday was Wednesday…you get the picture. It has made for a long week!
So, in order to bring a little calm to the chaos, I thought I’d tell y’all about a new devotional releasing October 3rd, “A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions that Meet You in Your Everyday Mess.”
(Also, several of the writers here at God-sized Dreams have the honor of authoring a few of the stories in this book…including yours truly.)
I schedule and rush to ensure all the things get done and all the people get where they need to on time, and I think a beautiful mug of tea and sweet inspiring words are just what I need for an afternoon break.
The words in A Moment to Breathe will be speaking straight to this hurried soul. I can’t wait to take a few moments and relish the words of writers and friends who are encouraging the weary to keep their eyes on God. Each devotional begins with a passage of Scripture and then a related story, ending with a simple challenge for that day. Don’t you just love reading something that makes you shake your head and think, Me too! Well, this is that kind of book.
In the midst of our busyness, I pray we all slow down and look for God’s handiwork in the seemingly small, ordinary of things.
And I hope we can remember we are not alone in this messy, fast-paced, crazy world.
Here’s the link to order your very own copy!
P.S. If you pre-order the book, and as supplies last, you’ll receive the most beautiful FREE mug in the whole wide world, and the mug ships right away, yay!
P.P.S. Even if Fall is letting me down weather-wise, this book makes me smile big.
Shared by: Alecia Simersky