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31 Days to Slow Down & Savour: Day 8 – Make Connections

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I have this really wise friend who often says to her kids “People first; people come before things.”

And I think I need someone in my life to say it to ME more often.

You see, I am not good at putting people first. I’m learning, and I’m trying, but it doesn’t come naturally.

I think because of the craziness that life with

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Laying Down

When the midwife arrived, I was standing in the bathroom, leaning on the vanity.

She told me to lay down, and five minutes later, that baby was born.

I thought I’d give birth squatting, but it was laying down that I became a mother for the second time.

I am beginning to realize more and more that becoming the mother my children need means laying down –

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Verbs – also known as ‘action words’

Pondered, this morning, Isaiah 1:17, in which God says this to his people:

Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.

and I was struck by the verbs, their strength.

Seek,

encourage,

defend,

plead.

And I kind of wish he’d said something more like this

Consider justice,
smile at the oppressed.

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Layers of Lessons

I’ve been talking and thinking a lot about One Thousand Gifts, about eucharisteo, about giving thanks – even when it’s hard.

I’ve been waiting to write this post until I’m at home so that I can quote from that beautiful book, but, the fact of the matter is, the still moments at home are few lately, and this day at a desk is going slower

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Testify!

They say if you really want to remember something, to put it to music.
It’s probably why we learn the alphabet with a song, and why those catchy advertising jingles are so effective.
Music somehow ingrains the message into us, so much more than words on their own.

I’m no different.
I can read the words, understand and nod, say “this is good.”

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