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Settle down pet...

My personality doesn't like slow...

My mind flies ahead until next week...month...year...

My fingers text quicker than my brain can think...

My brain works quicker than my body...

But sometimes when my body has had enough...it shuts down.

I've had a month of sickness and exhaustion. Its largely due to all of the things I said above. I don't ever remember a time that I wasn't planning the events of next weekend, or a movie date on a Saturday 3 months from now.

Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to your last. Keep company with God, get in on the best. - Psalm 37:3-4

I play a bit of piano, and my fingers have always been something that have moved quickly - so I can text super fast without even looking at the screen. I love to cram 150 hours into 24 hour days we are supposed to have. THEN my physical body says enough is enough - you are going to rest and stop for a bit...you are going to 'settle down pet'.

The English word 'pet' does indeed come from an Irish/Gaelic word 'peata' which refers to something/someone precious or preferred.

I call my husband 'pet' often, when we moved to America our new friends thought I was weird and this was a super bizarre term to use...now some of them are so used to the term and see the love and affection which its represents - they use it themselves!!

Often growing up my parents would tell me to 'settle down pet'. When I'd be walking the floors because my brain wouldn't let me sleep - or when I'd be wanting to know arrangements and plans too far into the future, they'd tell me it was time to 'settle down'.

The seed that fell into good, fertile soil represents those lovers of truth who hear it deep within their hearts. They respond by clinging to the word, keeping it dear as they endure all things in faith. This is the seed that will one day bear much fruit in their lives.” Luke 8:15

Some people might say it's annoying - I like to assume its me thinking ahead and being proactive!

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matthew 6:33-34 (TPT)

Since January, The Sisterhood was born and it has grown from 20 women to 3000...in a matter of months. I've never seen anything grow like it and within such a short space of time. I like to think its God loving on my sense of humor - maybe he's laughing saying 'Lets see how she keeps up with this...'

I pour pour pour - I've written blog post after blog post about pouring and receiving. But sometimes I just pour too much and my body, mind and heart can't take it. The growth of The Sisterhood was unexpected and certainly not intended but God had bigger plans. I am still in awe watching it.

At the very beginning I'd find myself sitting up at 3 or 4am working out pairings, praying over names that tugged on my heart...messaging women all over the world who are asking for prayer or I'd be constantly finding scripture to share and encourage others.

What the heck was sleep - sleep was the last thing on my mind - and my brain certainly wouldn't shut down.

I found myself drawing so crazy close to God. Praying constantly - wanting His immediate direction and waiting to see what was next.

Here's the stinger...as close as God has drawn to me - the enemy has been trying to get in my head even more. This has made me sick and exhausted, emotionally and physically.

If God can clothe the fields and meadows with grass and flowers, can’t he clothe you as well, O struggling one with so many doubts?

Luke 12:28

There have been times this month when I've been praying over The Sisterhood and the ladies within it, that I have felt God's presence so close as in right beside me...

This has happened on my couch in my apartment, in the train, in the car, walking on the street. I have felt Him RIGHT BESIDE ME - walking the journey step by step!!

But there have been times the enemy has really battered me, with questions and questions and more questions - making me run the entire thing through my mind with even more stupid questions.

'Jesus himself drew near, Jesus himself drew near, When alone on the road oppressed by my load, Jesus himself drew near and walked with me.'

So its been a little bit of a rollercoaster of emotions - which has left me tired and unfortunatley sick. While I've been sick - my inbox has been flooded with messages from dear friends near and far telling me to rest properly with prayers and encouragement......and that is God! While the enemy pecks away at me like an annoying woodpecker - God allowed me to rest, breathe, get encouragement and see the power and connection that is growing and building right here through The Sisterhood.

Friendships have been restored...new relationships have been made...women are digging into the word together and communicating about what they're reading and learning... the list goes on... so the enemy can stick it!!!

At the end of this season of learning - I've been surrounded by women who have stepped alongside me...to support and strengthen me like none other!!

They seriously could rule the world!

We are all the same. Sometimes personalities are just fast like mine and slow isn't really a word in our vocabulary. (Mind you, I do walk incredibly slow!)

Every now and then its important to slow down, to sit back and watch the real picture that is happening around you. Sometimes if you aren't willing to do it yourself, God will slow you down just to let you see how he is working in and through you.

Remember when things don't happen quick enough for you, if you are impatient...or tirelessly planning next years events...it really is ok to relax, rest and wait...it's ok to 'settle down pet'

It says in Philippians:

'Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying...pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.'

Oh, I just love that phrase - 'everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down'.

Are you ready to rest in God's wholeness?

Can you slow down, sit back and allow God to draw near?

Are you ready to live in the right now...the present...the today?

Are you willing to let God endearingly say 'settle down pet'?

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28 -The Message

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