If you know me, it comes as no surprise to you that I love thrifting. It is so fun and so therapeutic. Sometimes I find things from my childhood and it makes my heart pitter patter I don’t know what it is about it, but I find it very nostalgic. My fondest memories I have growing up is going antique shopping with my mom, aunts, and Gramma. I am not sure that I enjoyed it then as much as I do now, but perhaps that is why I enjoy it so much now as an adult. Though I still have my mom and aunts with me today, my Gramma passed away a few years ago and I miss her dearly. She was one of my greatest friends and today I can enjoy the memories I have of her. Maybe that is why I love antiques and thrift stores so much; because it reminds me of the times I spent with my family.
One day, I believe I was at Salvation Army. I was thrifting for items to put in my antique booth, which I no longer have. Been there, done that and I definitely don’t have time to run an antique booth anymore, at least for awhile! Anyway, I came across this metal trivet that said, “The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get”. I believe this quote is from the good old rabbit from Alice and Wonderland. I saw that and thought, “Yes. This is perfect. This is so my life right now!”. If I had a life quote, this would be it.
Hurry, hurry, hurry. Why are we all in such a hurry? Why can’t we just slow down and enjoy the life God has blessed us with today? It has become difficult for me to accept the fact that it is okay for me to slow down for just a moment. For me it seems like the faster I try to get stuff done or the more I “do”, the more I get behind. I am an artist and it’s no lie that artists’ brains are on 1.5 million different things at one time. So, for me being the creative and impatient person I am, I tend to start projects or chores and get bored and move on, leaving me in a tornado frenzy to get stuff done with pretty much little to show for it because I really never accomplished the task that I had set out to do in the first place! I also feel like I tend to play the comparison game with other women. “Her house is perfect! How? She has like 5 kids! I MUST do EVERYTHING and EVERY chore RIGHT. NOW.” Whatever. Just stop. Her life isn’t perfect, even though she wants you to think it is. News flash, NOBODY’S LIFE IS PERFECT. Not even Jesus’ life was perfect. Get over it.
Life has not slowed down yet, and it won’t. I look at my boys and tear up. I think of all of the times I had spent worrying about this and that and getting frustrated over the STUPIDEST of things with them when they were little. I wish I could go back in time and tell the old Stephani, the ragged and frustrated mother, Stephani, that it is OKAY to just calm down and enjoy your kids because you won’t get those times back with them. I don’t get the times that I spent with my Gramma back. Now, they are just memories. I feel that I took advantage of the times I spent with her sometimes, and it makes me sad. If I would have just slowed down and enjoyed time with her instead of hurrying to get out of her house because the kids were fighting and acting up and I was tired of dealing with their garbage. If I would have just put life on hold for just two more minutes to breathe it all in and bottle up just a few more extra moments with her….even if we were drowned out by the screams of my fighting children.
Depending on when you are reading this, you may be cooped up with your kids because of of yet ANOTHER snow day. (Help us all!) Please, let us all just take a few moments and enjoy our kids for once. Even if it’s a few minutes before you have to head out of the door for work. Paint with them. Bake with them. Read them a story. Hug them and just be still. Be in the moment and thank God that he has given us 1,440 minutes and 24 hours a day to do that. Don’t worry about the never ending chore list. Don’t worry about trying to out beat that mom of Facebook. Nobody has time for that. Don’t worry about hurrying off to fight the crowds at Kroger. Don’t worry about how you are going to find the time to get the things done that you feel are important to you. Let it go. Let it gooooooooo! Okay, sorry…. But seriously. Girl, LET IT GO. God has given us so much time, but we choose to run around like chickens with our heads cut off because we feel like we have to as a society, but we really don’t. America is the only country that does this. Why?
I challenge you to just be still and spend time with your family or with God. Grab a cup of coffee and just chill. You’re working today? Great. So am I! (currently trying to get out of the door myself) But, I have devoted to spend at least 30 mins away from the busyness to just focus on not being in such a hurry all of the dang time. Today is a good day to do that.
As always, I like to find a bible verse that encourages me for the day because Christ should ALWAYS be first before anything else. Here is one that spoke to me today. This verse has gotten me through a lot of frustrating situations in my life. I hope that it does the same for you.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10