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Sharpen the Knife

I don’t think of sharpening my main kitchen knife until I’m using it & in the middle of trying to get a quick meal together. So the other day, I asked my daughter to make the salad for dinner & she used a different knife. When I picked up the knife that she’d used to quickly cut up a tomato, I was pleasantly surprised at how sharp that knife was! This got me to thinking about how often I’m in just straight “go mode”. Get it done quickly & move on to the next thing.
Here’s my thinking now, if I take some time or moments here & there to pause (sharpen the knife), I just might find that I don’t have to work as hard & I just might even be more effective as opposed to just staying in total “go mode”. Just something to think about on a beautiful Fall Friday ūüôā

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a helpful secret

¬†We all get put into situations that aren’t comfortable for us: conversations that make us squirm, meeting people who are intimidating, tasks that seem impossible given our skill set, expectations to which we never agreed, etc. ¬†There are a myriad of things that can make us uncomfortable & each person is unique with those discomforts. ¬†Despite our individuality, I can propose a solution for these struggles that has universal application: ¬†prayer ūüôā

For me, prayer isn’t just the requests I make to God or the quiet time I spend in the morning, although these are most certainly very necessary expressions of prayer. ¬†Here’s my secret: ¬†when I get put into difficult situations or crazy conversations, etc, I take a pause moment in my heart & turn to God. ¬†I listen & watch for some Divine input & without any surprise, God shows up. ¬†Often, I’ll receive some helpful wisdom, sometimes I receive comfort & at other times, I seem to be more settled & secure so that the situation isn’t such a stress.

Prayer can be many things, including the inward turning or opening to God ūüôā

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pause


¬†Do you ever remember going to an amusement park & getting on a ride that looked really amazing, only to wish you could get off, halfway through the ride because it was too intense? ¬†I even remember saying, “how do you make this thing stop?”

Sometimes, life needs a pause button – it can get super intense. ¬†For me, life has been pretty intense of late (back to school prep, work deadlines, etc) & I’m interested in finding that pause button. ¬†So here are some things I’ve found to be helpful (feel free to add more ideas that have helped you):

  • family meals – get in a few during the week & put your phones on silent: ¬†genuine conversations as a family can be very therapeutic
  • instead of looking at time in 1 day increments, consider looking at time in 1 week or 1 month increments – giving demands & deadlines more working space than the daily crisis mode
  • take a walk in the evening – did this a few nights ago & it was extremely helpful [minus the mosquitos ,) ]
  • God time – don’t shortchange what fuels your heart, otherwise life can go south before you know what’s happening
  • good diet & exercise routines – in crunch times, food & exercise can often be the 1st to get scraped; ¬†keep these routines as they can provide some good anchors to weather various storms & seasons
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don’t ask for patience ,)

My dad always has this saying, “Sarah, don’t ask a question that you don’t really want to know the answer.” ¬†When I was younger & he would tell me this, I was always perplexed by why he would occasionally discourage me from asking questions – then I got some answers to various questions that were just TMI (too much info)!!!

Sometimes, I think this is also true with the idea of patience. ¬†When I was younger, I used to ask God to help me to be more patient. ¬†Then when He started to help me with the patience thing, I didn’t necessarily liked how He was helping me, so I stopped asking for His help with patience ūüôā

I think I’m kind of starting to come full circle. ¬†I can’t say that I’m just chasing God down on the patience topic, but I am most certainly appreciating the importance of developing patience. ¬†Here are some things that I’m finding helpful for me with the development of patience (although I’m not even close to arriving at being patient):

  • remove the microwave mentality: ¬†I’ve noticed that when I marinate meat for a long time (even a few days in the refrigerator), it just gets continually better the longer I marinate the meat. ¬†In contrast, if I throw some ground beef in the microwave & nuke it for 2min, the flavor is lame at best (nothing compared to the marinated meat). ¬†Immediate and microwave results aren’t always better than cultivated & marinated efforts
  • perhaps my kids are impatient with getting an answer from me because I’ve modeled impatience to them when I want them to clean their rooms, brush their teeth, empty the dishwasher, sweep the floor, etc in less than 4min. ¬†I often hear the Holy Spirit whispering to me as it relates to my kids, “Slow down”
  • the journey versus destination perspective: ¬†maybe I’m impatient because I don’t feel like “I’ve arrived” rather than considering that each day is an adventure to explore God’s love to me & through me
  • running late makes me impatient & I frequently run late – perhaps I should stop scheduling things to be so close together & give more “breathing” space between appointments rather than seeing that space as wasted time
  • something that really helps me is when I consider that God is in charge of my life – I’ve surrendered my life to God & because of this, He directs my steps, organizes my time & the demands on me. ¬†I always find it to be so interesting that when I find myself backed against the wall with a deadline & worried that I won’t make it, He almost always comes up with some creative solution, either through eliminating a task / expectation or through making my efforts supernaturally efficient.
Being patient grows over time ,)
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