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Growing up in the rural South taught me several lessons. One of those lessons was that if you want to raise crops and eat the good of the land, you’ve got to cultivate the soil.

My parents were both born into large families just prior to the Great Depression. Dad was one of 15 siblings and Mom was number 11 of 12. In those days in the rural South, if you ate it, it was because you raised it or grew it on your own farm. So after my parents married and eventually bought their own land, a farm with its own garden spot was quite naturally a part of it.

My memories easily take me back to that garden.

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Mar
22

An Unhurried Heart

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In the midst of full lives, busy days, and moments that fly by so quickly they are barely noticed, God calls us to way of living that emanates from an unhurried heart.

And while that may seem impossible in today’s world, the mandates of Scripture stand firm.

Our lives are to show the fruit of the Spirit of God living inside us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Such fruit can only be grown in a life that is rooted in a deepening relationship with God, which requires attentiveness and prioritizing and a good measure of being present with an unhurried heart.

One of the greatest traps of the enemy of our souls is to ensnare us in busyness. When busyness characterizes our lifestyle, spiritual disciplines such as mediation, Scripture memory, Bible reading, and prayer often fly out the window.

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seize the dayLike so many of you, I’ve been reflecting on the past year and the year to come. I’m aware of God’s presence as I pause and ask questions. What is truly important to me? Is my life on track with God’s plans and purposes? Am I living the abundant life? Fully alive to all I’m destined to be? Where have I lost focus? How can I make the next year one lived well?

On December 9, I went to my annual GYN appointment. In the midst of the routine questions, my doctor suddenly had a quizzical look on her face. One question led to another which led to some tests. I later found myself sitting in a consultation room hearing my doctor say, “I have to rule out cancer.” Feeling gut kicked, I fought the tears that readily filled my eyes. Suddenly feeling off-balance and wondering what it would mean if cancer existed in my body, fear called out to me. I felt the urge to hide this information and handle this all by myself, one of my not-so-healthy self-sufficient ways of being.

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