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Thankful Thursday ~ Slowing Down

It's Thankful Thursday and our host for this month is Laurie of Women Taking a Stand. The theme Laurie chose is slowing down.

Well, that's a great topic. It seems that we are busier than ever. With our to-do lists and organizing skills, we often attempt to squeeze more activities into our days.

I remember when my mom used to go food shopping once a week; on Friday night. Now, I find myself running to the grocery store several times a week. And then I think of all the gas I waste by doing that. I need to get more organized. Or maybe I simply need to stop ...and slow down.

I'm thankful for:

  • My daily morning quiet time with the Lord
  • The sound of rain as I awakened one morning last week
  • The sound of the birds chirping away in our backyard
  • Waking up with a song of praise in my head ...and heart
  • Being able to work from home on my computer
  • The smell of cardamom as I make up a batch of Norwegian waffles
  • Taking the time to sit and read a good book
  • An unexpected segment of "So You Think You Can Dance" last night with the 15 best dances of all their seasons
  • Reading blog posts on My Romantic Home, French Garden House, The Inspired Room and Nesting Place.
  • Sipping a cup of tea while reading Victoria Magazine

These are just a few of the things for which I'm thankful today as I consider slowing down. How about you? Do you ever take the time to slow down and be still? Or are you always running to the next activity or appointment? Do you enjoy a time of peace and solitude? Isn't it time you got refreshed?

Debbie Petras
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  1. Waking up with a song of praise in my head ...and heart --- i always experience this and i love it.

    God bless!

  2. Sounds so wonderful Debbie. Slowing down. Ahhhhh.

  3. What a very peaceful list my friend. I do try to slow down and just enjoy each day but as it is real life, that can't happen every day.
    Big hugs to you.

  4. I'm all for slowing down!

    Recharge, regroup and restore!

    Hugs and much love,

  5. Debbie, reading your list makes me feel rested already! waffles, magazines and reading blogs. Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us today, have a blessed (and restful) day today as you seek Him! -Happy TT

  6. This is a wonderful list! I definitely need to slow down and stop cramming so much into my day. Thanks for the reminder, Sister. Blessings, SusanD

  7. Oh Debbie, thank you for reminding me to slow down and take time to smell the roses. I think sometimes our lives are on such a long roller coaster ride, we just forget to get off and rest once and awhile. Thank you for the praise that you shared this morning, and for the reminder. I can smell those waffles as they are cooking. MMMMM, my favorite. Thanks for sharing sweetie. Please stop by and say hi. Country hugs, Sherry

  8. Great list, Debbie. I felt better just reading it!

  9. Hi Debbie. I quoted you on my blog this morning. Please let me know if that meets with your approval. wb

  10. Looking forward to slowing down ... in a few days. A few more bags to pack.

    Hugs to you,
    Sarah Dawn

  11. Looking forward to slowing down ... in a few days. A few more bags to pack.

    Hugs to you,
    Sarah Dawn

  12. I really need to slow down a bit! I think making a list is a great way to remember to do that! I think you should post your waffle recipe...those sound good!

    I'm very honored that you included my blog on your list! I really admire the other bloggers you listed to!

  13. Oh, how I needed this post today. When I awakened this morning, I longed to have summer back with its lazy days. It seems since school started, I go from the time I get up at 5:45 to the time I put my head on the pillow about 11:30. I know that I cannot continue on this pace!

    Tomorrow in my quiet time, I plan to make a "thankful" list...that alone will bring me peace and slow me down!

    Thank you for setting my heart right today!!



  14. I love this post! I feel so calm and restful reading your list and have to tell ya...wish I could be right there with you sipping tea and reading Victoria Magazine.

  15. I too remember going to the grocery store on Friday evenings. It was like a big event. Oh my, am I telling my age?
    One thing that quietens me, reminds me to slow down, is running upstairs and looking out the window at the mountains that surround our home. Mind you, they aren't all that big really, but still, if you look to the west at sunset, it is so beautiful-another God masterpiece. And if a rainstorm is coming in, how beautiful is that. It's a good reason to slow down and see that God is good.

  16. Lovely thankful list! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a blessed day!

  17. What a wonderful list. I love my daily quiet time with the Lord, too. (and have skipped a few mornings lately, so this is a good reminder to get back on track.)

    Your list could be mine, except for the waffles. Slowing down is hard sometimes, but when we do, it's always a blessing. I am so honored that you mentioned my blog, thank you.

    xoxo Lidy

  18. What a nice mention--I'm glad Nesting Place is associated with slowing down and not something you feel like is making you feel like you have to do a big bunch of stuff!

  19. Sounds like a great thankful list. Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. Thank you for sharing this thought provoking post


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