Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"Let's just sit a minute......"

Tuesday was a productive day. A very productive day. About time, I say!!
My days over the past several weeks have been kinda long and kinda tedious. AND kinda depressing.
I just hate being sick and not feeling energetic.
You know how it is. When you want to get some things accomplished. I can even "see" myself accomplishing much....
But the ability is just not there.
And so...I would just try to keep on pushing...keep on trying.
And then fall back into my nest on the loveseat and "regroup" for a while.
Finally -- I just gave in, stopped fighting the feeling and decided to just "go with it".
Just sitting and "going with it" (when "it" = feeling bad) just goes against everything
in me. BUT, I really sensed the LORD urging me to stop, just stop already!
Do you ever get going so fast, accomplishing so much, checking things off the list so well that you just forget to take care of the most important things first?
Boy, I do!
I guess that is evident when I think back over my activities of the past few weeks.
Lily Kate, my little granddaughter, goes full tilt almost all the time. She is a very busy little girl - full of energy. But recently, Lily Kate has started saying, at the most "inappropriate" times "Hey, let's just sit a minute."
I mean, Dana would be picking her up from school and hurrying out to the car on their way to somewhere else and Lily Kate would ask to "just sit a minute" on the bench outside.
We'd be out playing in the backyard and she'd say "Pie! come here! sit a minute!" and
we'd lay back on the outdoor chaises and just rest -- and discuss things....
the sky, birds, ants, airplanes, trees and the God who made them all --
the REALLY important things.
So cute! But, so perceptive.
Lily Kate sees the value in just sitting and listening and
talking and being still.
And isn't that what I hear the LORD say to me sometimes??
"Gwyn! come here! sit a minute!"
I'm ashamed at how many times I've said "But, I've got a list to check off,
things to do, places to be, people to see."
I believe the LORD will let us run. And let us run at our own crazy pace. BUT He will always, always !! rein us back in when we start putting
other things, other interests, other pursuits
in front of Him.
He is jealous for us!
He desires time with us!
He desires to be the author of our plans,
not just our sidekick.
He desires our fellowship with Him.
He wants to spend quality and quantity time with us - not just a "devo".
I'm very convicted about how busy I can get doing the "fun stuff" and forget about the really fun stuff. How DOES that happen anyway???
SOOOOO - yesterday I gave my day, my self to the LORD. I asked Him for His desires for me that day. I told Him what I felt like I needed to do.
And I listened to what He felt like I needed to do
and together we set some goals.
My Tuesday was blessed so profoundly!
so amazingly!
I accomplished so much -- not crazy stuff -- just the things
I actually NEEDED to accomplish
in order to maintain my home (and my sanity).
I would hope and pray this is a lesson learned.
But, experience has shown me -- I'm prone to wander.
The words of this great, old hymn sum it up pretty well and becomes a prayer for my day:
"O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy grace, Lord, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, Lord, Take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above."
(Come Thour Fount of Every Blessing, Robert Robinson, 1758)
Gwynie Pie


  1. I sit here at my desk with tears running down my face. I have been running at full tilt for a LONG time now. The last two days have been full of many tears but no stopping or slowing down. I just kept fighting the urge to stop and talk to HIM. You are so right! Lily Kate, too. I NEVER take the time just to sit at his feet and listen. I always have my list written (sometimes more than one at a time) and I don't ever ask HIM what I should or shouldn't be doing. My wandering and going full tilt has made me tired and stressed. Thank you for the lesson you have taught me through your own obedience. Now, I'm just going to lie down and HIM. Love you.

  2. Amen sister. Isn't so sweet to be still, be quiet, be speechless and listen. I love the times like that. I have noise all around me at almost every part of the day. I love the quiet moments of listening and talking with Him. I just makes your spirit grow inside of you. Take every advantage of the quiet, I long to hear more of it!

  3. Thanks for letting us see inside of your heart. Your honesty inspires me. I also am feeling much gentle conviction about this very topic. I have never met Lily Kate (yet) but, I can almost hear her sweet little voice telling Pie to "come sit". (imagining it makes me cry) She just might be the mouth piece of the Spirit for all of us.

    This brings back memories of HEART and talking about how we should let the Lord order our day instead of us deciding what's most important. This is all such a good reminder for me as I "start over" with a baby again. I LOVE YOU!