A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith


Learning to pace ourselves

posted by Linda G. Howard

I admit, I’m not extremely good at pacing myself.

Yet, there are some tricks I’ve learned from others along the way.  Here are eight of them.

  1.  1.  Force yourself to be patient with what you have.  Much of our frantic pace doesn’t come from good works but a dissatisfied spiritual quest for more stuff.
  2. 2.  Make friends with who you are.  The key to loving who you are is loving and accepting your parents.  They molded you into the person you are–whether you were compliant or rebellious.  They were the people who shaped your early years of development.  Forgiving and accepting them for their good qualities and mistakes is a vital step in becoming best friends with yourself.
  3. 3.  Become the enemy of what you do.  Who you are is different from what you do.  Lying, stealing, cheating, inappropriate anger are common to every person.  They are the things we do.  Make these your enemy; fight against them.
  4. 4.  Take time off to smell the roses and enjoy God. How many of us break the commandment that tells us to take a Sabbath day of rest? All the others are to be obeyed, but this one can be dismissed.
  5. 5.  Don’t be in a hurry to succeed.  Celebrate the small successes in your life and the lives of others.  Make one meal a day a party time. Think of something you have done right and enjoy!
  6. 6.  Exercise and eat good foods.  Take care of your body.
  7. 7.  Be in God’s word every day.  Feed your spirit.  You can complete reading the Bible in one year by reading 4 chapters a day.  That is about 15 minutes a day in God’s word.
  8. 8.  Give generously to others.  Give more than money.  Give of your time.  Stop to spend time to have a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea.

In the book of Acts, we learn about Doras.  She was a woman who was always doing good.  She got sick and died.  The people that she ministered to were the people who called for Peter to come and pray for her.  They were the folks to helped her in her greatest time of need.  You will find the same to be true in your life.

Doing good is the most important thing we do for others.  Learning to pace ourselves will make doing these good works possible.



Previous Posts

When we leak
Recently, I've heard a great deal about the things the Holy Spirit was doing in the 1960's and 1970's.  It is interesting to me because those were days through which we lived.  There were times that it seemed that the Lord was tangible enough to reach out and touch.  Even though I was very young-

posted 10:09:00pm Feb. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Providing a Safe Harbor
One of the most important things a person can provide for any person and especially for a man or woman who is developmentally disabled is a safe harbor–a place where they can securely share their thoughts, feelings and emotions.  Because of their intellectual development, many people within the m

posted 5:54:32pm Feb. 19, 2014 | read full post »

The First Points of Light Award
When President George H. W. Bush gave the first Points of Lights Award, it went to a NASA employee named Frank S. Howard who was a volunteer for The Special Gathering of Indian River. The fact that Frank S.

posted 11:17:25am Jul. 15, 2013 | read full post »

Eating fish
We all know that when you eat fish you will usually come across a bone or two no matter how carefully the fish has been filleted.  We also know that the bones aren't digestible and should be spit out.  Fish bones, in fact, can be dangerous; but that fact never kept me from eating and appreciating

posted 6:28:56am Mar. 21, 2013 | read full post »

A history lesson
Over the past months, I've discovered the classics from Sir Walter Scott, James Fenimore Cooper, St. Augustine to Andrew Murray.  Of course, most of these volumes were written in the early 1800's.  Unlocking the labyrinth of historical fact wrapped around the old English prose of that earlier cent

posted 8:37:02pm Mar. 20, 2013 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.