Wednesday, April 13, 2011

He leads me beside still waters..

I have a really hard time taking time for myself. I tend to overwork myself, commit to too many things, and find myself burned out all.the.time. It's either: I'm a people pleaser and burn myself out...or people get frustrated with me that I'm busy. I'm sure there's a balance in there somewhere, but I haven't found it yet. 

When I had this realization yesterday morning, I decided to take some time for myself & go for a run. I got to the pond in the park that I run through ((in record time, I might add)) and literally gasped & stopped running. I took this photo and tweeted "I love when God's creation literally stops me in my tracks."


The funny thing is when I crossed to the other side, the reflection was even more stunning, as the flat irons  with clear blue skies behind them were reflecting on a perfectly still pond. I decided to keep running rather than stop to take another photo, because I felt like it was a little gift from my Heavenly Father that I needed to keep to myself. That reflection will forever be etched in my mind. It was the first time I've felt calm in weeks. 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 
((psalm 23:1-3))


love. 

19 comments:

  1. There's nothing like nature to restore and ground us. And then you remember the Source of all good things, and you feel even more in awe.

    This is a great post - thanks for sharing your reflection with us :)

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  2. this makes me smile. ;) thank you

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  3. Time for ourselves, this is so important!! I think people understand that you're a real person and not a machine :) Don't feel guilty one second for taking an hour, day, or week to focus on something that makes YOU happy! What a magical moment you captured! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  4. beautiful! i love when God works in ways that we would have imagined him working.
    what a mighty God we serve.

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  5. soooo refreshing. loved this so much, friend.

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  6. "When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul." -Psalm 94:19

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  7. ugh, i know the feeling! I followed Aisle to Aloha over here and when I read this post thought "flatirons? she must be in CO too!" I live near Standley Lake and the view as I leave for work every morning is such a gift. Thanks for this reminder :)

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  8. Next time you go on a run, you should try it without a phone, that way you won't be tempted to Tweet about something that you're doing just for yourself. I find that the John Mayer song holds true:

    "Didn't have a camera by my side this time
    Hoping I would see the world through both my eyes... Oh today, I finally overcame
    Tryin' to fit the world inside a picture frame"

    Running is such good therapy, isn't it? Are you doing the Bolder Boulder? (it's a 10k)

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  9. Such a good reminder! :) especially on a stressy day, ha!

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  10. beautiful, kim. thanks for pointing me to Him this morning. Sometimes we just need to step away from all the craziness to be able to hear Him better.

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  11. Absolutely beautiful. Such a reminder to take time and allow Him to show me the beauty He wants to!

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  12. Calm is the very best thing we can find, I think. Glad you got a taste, and hope they keep coming!

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  13. I literally had this exact same realization last night. I was leaving bible study, headed home for the first time all day at 9pm, and I was rushing home to begin to make a dinner I could freeze and bring to a friend who just had a baby. I had to be able to freeze it since I couldn't make it this evening since I will have to attend my lifegroup. As I was going over which parts of the dinner I would make and freeze and which I would make the day of, I just had to stop and pray. I asked God to help me find balance in what I say "yes" to and what I decide to spend my time doing. I asked Him to help me just be still... and it was honestly kind of hard to ask. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you find the balance, too.

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  14. That is really amazing! I have had moments like that when I just get so caught up in God's creations, it almost makes me weep. I hope that you find that balance soon. I too struggle with it. x

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  15. this is a great post! remember take time for yourself!!! start now while you don't have kids...because it's a lot harder to have "your" time. :)

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