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A just for fun writer, Nikkie is primarily a wife, mom to a houseful and a registered nurse. She spends most of her time walking out a life full of grace and second chances.

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  1. Thanks so much for this post!! I feel so guilty about being a young person who isn’t able – emotionally, spiritually able – to do ‘running around’ several nights a week. I need my quiet time and my alone time with God. I have had to limit myself to just 2 or 3 activities out in a week, and that’s tough to do (and even harder to explain) – but your post made me realize that it’s OK.

    It’s OK to be more quiet, to need to drink things in, to need time to meditate and contemplate. Thank you so much for helping me see this!!

  2. Thank you i was torn today whether to do more tiring fundraising for going back to missions or not… i am worn out with 2 jobs a mission in january, no money and im still in my 20’s! After a non-responce drive to raise funds yesterday i am zapped…. I felt i needed to S l o w! But i felt guilty… so i asked God to show me something on incourage to help me….. and there was this post!

    Thank you so much I am still in my pjs by the fire, under a blanket quietly sewing christmas decorations and am looking forward to movies and book reading all afternoon!

    You really helped me and totally linked in with my heart (the place where my God is !) to just be… ‘me’ for today. As opposed to the ‘running-round-trying-reeeally-hard-me’ which i have been lately!

    You are awesome, Happy Sunday to you! may God bless your spirit with exactly what you need today,

    Love Grace

    beautyforashes.moonfruit.com

  3. This is such a critical principle. There are so many “good” things that can cause us to miss the “best” thing. Thank you for the reminder! Especially at this time of year.

    • the ‘good’ vs. the ‘best’ is a difficult one for me for sure.

      and this time of the year makes it so much more difficult!

  4. What a great reminder, and beautifully put, too.

    I think of these two verses:

    Psalm 46:10a – “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…”

    and Psalm 23:2-3 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.”

  5. Nikkie, I love hearing about your need for slow…it’s been my heart’s craving in this fast-paced world (I’ve even written a book about it!). Like Caroline, I think of those two verses. Also, this:

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

    Thanks for bringing up this important topic during a hectic season!

    And this:

  6. I had that stray phrase, didn’t I? “And this:”

    Well, I guess I had another verse in mind! How about this:

    And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” Mark 6:31

  7. Oh, Nikkie, I could so relate to this post! We just got home from visiting family and it was so good. It also wore me out! Your post helped me not feel guilty for needing a little quiet and rest to be renewed. Thank you!

  8. This fellow born-and-bred Okie gives a hearty, “Here! Here!” to this wonderful post!

    I am a girl who requires some serious slow to function. Thank you for putting to words the “why” of my needs here! Loved this.

  9. Nikkie,
    Slow is best for me too! I think that some of it may have to do with being an extorvert or introvert. I always thought I was an extrovert as I can talk to anybody. This past year though, found me at a place of exhaustion and meltdown. As I have been going through counseling, my counselor explained to me that being an extorvert vs introvert has more to do with which one energizes you. Does being with people renew your energy or drain you? he encouraged me to see myself instead as in introvert that needs time alone with myself, my thoughts and God to renew and refresh.
    Now that I know this, I am careful to put limits in place so as not to end up in the same place again!
    Thanks for a great post!
    Bernice
    http://livingthebalancedlife.com/2010/afraid-to-let-people-in/

  10. I love the line where you said “How can I hear Him when my busy life is shouting over Him?” How very true and what a great way to say it!