Tuesday, February 20, 2007
"In Other Words"
"Those who read fast reap no more advantage than a bee would by only skimming over the surface of the flower, instead of waiting to penetrate into it, and extract its sweets."
~ Madame Jeanne Guyon ~

This quote was meant for me. I am an extremely impatient person. I want things done now, and I want instant gratification. I know this is a problem of mine, and I have been working on remedying it for a few years. I have made some progress and have been known to count to 10 (or 100) in my head, slowly, forcing myself to slow down and enjoy the moment.

Many times while reading my Bible I feel Gods hand on my shoulder urging me to slow down, take in his words like the sweet smell of wild flowers, patiently gleaning all of its truths and allowing myself that special time with God. I would like to say that I have perfected this (after all, I have been working on it for years) but alas I have not. Though I am getting better, I have a long way to go.

I was also thinking of how this verse could apply to other areas of our lives. Those of us who are mothers with young children could probably learn how to go slower, play with our children more, enjoy those quiet moments with our kids before they are adults. Do you think God ever feels this way about us? He wants to watch us grow up and mature in a relationship with him, but when we race through reading our Bibles he feels sad because he wants to share those moments with us.

The other day my 8 year old saw his three your old sister struggling to make a tower out of her lego's. He went over and sat with her, showing her how to do it, talking to her sweetly. He wasn't racing through the moment but enjoying his time with his little sister. Guiding her, listening to her, and enjoying being with her. I think I have much to learn from my little son.

If you would like to read about other people's feelings on this quote head on over to Laurel Wreath. I am sure you will not be disappointed.



  posted at 4:45 AM  

At 5:27 AM, Blogger Denise said...

Awesome post, sweet blessings to you.

At 6:04 AM, Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

Julie I loved reading your heart in this post. And that picture is too precious for words, makes me melt my heart.

Thank you so much for participating in IOW, you have blessed me.

At 6:31 AM, Blogger Heidi said...

Very good take on this quote.

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Amydeanne said...

i'm like you, I feel God's hand on my shoulder when I read, and yet I've got a longgggg way to go!

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous eph2810 said...

What a wonderful illustration looking at your kids. I am sure that is how God wants us to sit down with Him and listen...I have to slow down sometimes too, to savor my time with God

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Blessings on your evening and always...


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