Thursday, November 12, 2009

Learning to Listen


Last week was a good week! I felt like I accomplished so much. My heart felt light, my feet were ready to take me where I needed to go, and my hands were busy.

Take a look at a few moments I captured with my camera.

A gorgeous sunset~


Harvest time~



Home baked bread~


Crochet projects~



Jam pile on the living room floor~



This week I am not accomplishing as much as I wish, do to the fact that my tachycardia (fast heart rate) has flared up. I have dealt with it off and on for the past 13 years. After I had Lauren, I didn't have any trouble with my heart rate.  But, this week has proven that it is still with me.  Monday was especially difficult.  I was extremely tired, could feel my heart racing and was short of breath, which in turn (sad to say) makes me a tad bit grouchy.  Yesterday and today have been better and I am hoping for an even better day tomorrow. My children are especially hoping to wake up to find a less crabby momma. I had to ask for forgiveness several times times from my children.  Thankfully they were willing to forgive and forget.  I need to remember to slow down when the attacks start, to get a glass of water and sit down. Not to keep pushing through it and making it worse.

So, this week instead of crossing things off my list, I am hoping to focus on quieter activities.  Like reading the rest of a book to Jacob that we started a few weeks back. And getting in lots of snuggles from my children. And focusing less on my to-to list and more on being still.  Because I know the Lord is trying to reach me and teach me through this.

I just need to grab that glass of water, slow down, and listen.




  1. Love your pictures- beautiful!
    Often we get so busy and think about all the things that "must" be done, we forget to slow down. We aren't superhumans! Will be praying for you. I've actually never heard of this before. Hope you have a better week!
    The Girl in the Pink Dress

  2. Breathtaking sky picture, great job. If we don't slow down and take care of our bodies they tend to kick back making us slow down. Have you informed your Dr. that the tachycardia has flared up again just in case something is goin' on? My prayers will be with you and please take care of yourself.

    Have a restful day enjoying your book and drawing closer to Him. :o)

  3. jenn,

    that sunset is amazing!!

    i don't think i knew that you had dealt with tachycardia. in the past i have as well. praying for you right now that God just brings physical peace to your heart.

    resting and being still (as you know) can be frustrating but sure can be spiritually renewing.

    love to you,

  4. Jenn ~ What a lovely insight into your heart...and by that I mean your soul. God is so good to teach us exactly what He wants to at the right time.

    What blessings that you were able to get so much done last week and now you are slowing down to enjoy getting other important things done (which we often don't take the time for).

    Your kids are adorable and I love the pictures you took...they are all terrific!

    May the Lord give you the grace you need day by day...I will pray for your heart condition.


  5. I'm sorry to hear of your heart condition. I pray you'll be able to give yourself permission to rest. Beautiful pictures!

    God Bless,

  6. Aren't children the most forgiving. I have days myself and the girls are always so precious.

    Loved your harvest pic and sunset. We just finished up the end of last week of our soybeans. So nice to have that behind us.

    Blessings, Linda
    Prairie Flower

  7. Hope you are feeling better! And I hope you've been able to have those quiet moments this week. I know you had a busy week ahead of you!

  8. I am sorry to hear about that. Slowing down can be so rewarding, though. It sounds like you were on fire last week, so this week is more like a smolder. Hang in there!

  9. Hope by now you are much better. So sorry that you have this problem. Take care of u.
    Beautiful pictures thanks for sharing them

  10. I'm so sorry to hear that it has reared it's ugly head. I know how hard it is to slow down when you don't want to. Just keep reminding yourself that the consequenses for pushing to hard are far worse than the few things you won't get accomplished by slowing down. Pray and ask God to show you your priorities and the things He wants you to focus on the most!

    I love the pictures, they are just beautiful, as always!

  11. the hat's sooo cute!!

    I can't crochet that good.....dang!


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