Living in the Blur!

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Living in the Blur! In our society things are moving more rapidly than ever before recorded in history.  New technology is obsolete almost before it is launched!  We can talk face to face with someone on the other side of the world, start our car without even being near it, record favorite shows without being home, and thousands of other things by simply touching our phones.   Our lives have sure changed since the good old days of our parents.  We have so many more conveniences, and many tasks that consumed hours can now be executed in mere seconds.  Life should be easier and less stressful only to find it is not.  Why is that?

I Call it, “Living in the Blur!”

The blur of continuing to load our lives so full of things to do, places to be, commitments to keep, people to please, events, activities, planning, refueling, emptying, rushing, crying, stressing, until you are driving yourself so hard each day that it is like you are in a race car without brakes, driving the most beautiful journey, however you miss it all.  EVERYTHING becomes a blur!

How do I know this?  Because it happened to me!

When our only child died in an accident…I immersed.  I jumped into deep ministry with a mission organization and never came back up for air. For 10 straight years I ran till I could run no more.   My wakeup call was lying in a hospital bed in the cardiac unit where the doctors had put me into an induced coma for 3 days just to relax my heart.  I have a condition called Prinz Metal Angina.  Even though my heart is healthy, the large amounts of adrenaline my lifestyle was pumping into my system was bringing on near heart attacks by constricting the arteries.  It is a killer.  Although the things I was involved in were very worthy things, my lifestyle had become a blur!

”They cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.”

Psalm 107:6

I cried to the Lord for help!  It wasn’t a quick fix; it took time and really trimming my life down to the most important things.  I made major changes in my life by changing positions, dissolving stressful relationships, saying “no” to a boat load of things, doing away with the stress of people-pleasing  vs. pleasing God, carefully choosing what I participated in,  and most of all immersing with God—not activity.

Through simple, but intentional changes my husband and I are enjoying life more now than ever.  We cherish and guard our time together and have significantly slowed things down.  Even though life continues to challenge and produce stressful times, keeping boundaries with our time and activity makes our lives manageable and much easier to enjoy.

Through this experience I became keenly aware of the price we pay for “Living in the Blur”!  The shocking part is seeing countless people of all ages doing the same thing.  It is the accepted normal in our society.

God has a better way to live.  How can you stop “Living the Blur”?   The answer is personal.   All of our stories are different, but asking God to slow you down and help you find out how… is life- changing!

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  1. Hi Cathy, today’s society does tend to encourage us to me take on more and keep up with the latest information. God has a way of getting our attention and bringing us back to more comfortable rhythm. Found you via Blogs by Christian Women Sunday Share. Have a great week.

  2. First, I am so sorry for your loss. Second, God bless you for staying strong, moving on, and still keeping the faith. What a road you have traveled! And third, you are dead on with this post. People don’t realize they have the opportunity to slow things down. We are just a go go go society. We can’t do everything so we just need to determine what tasks can have the greatest impact without stressing us out and putting our lives in danger. Wonderful lesson you shared and I’m so glad you made it through. May God bless you always!

    • Nana, Thank you for your comments. When I stepped out of the blur my life has done a 360. Without shouting it from the roof tops I wish more people could realize how precious and enjoyable everyday could be by just slowing down. Have a great week. Join us on Facebook sometime at Life Bubbling Over!

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