Slow Down And Take Five


If you have children, are you constantly saying the same thing over and over again, but they just don’t listen to you? Do you ever tell them to slow down and take five?

My kids have so much energy and are always rushing around from one thing to the next. I’m constantly telling them instructions that need to be done.

Please pick that up…

Please watch where you are going…

Have you done that yet?…

How many times have I asked you?…

We’re not too dissimilar to our children though when our Heavenly Father is trying to constantly tell us something. We are just too caught up in what we are doing and what is going on around us.

I am always too busy. Sometimes so busy that I don’t notice what is going on around me. I miss the smaller details in life that could, and would, make a whole heap of difference in my life.

This week, I prayed to God and asked Him to show me something…anything! So, I have been intentionally looking out for signs. The one constant theme that has been running through things that I have stumbled across to read, or listened to on the radio, was the word listen. For me to listen clearly though, just like I tell my children, I need to slow down and take five!


You have just read a Five Minute Friday word prompt. This is hosted by Kate Motaung and is where a group of people write about a given word for that week.  This week the word is “slow”.


9 thoughts on “Slow Down And Take Five”

  1. Slowing down and listening is such a gift… and I suppose in some ways, a lost art. Thanks for the reminder to listen. I always come back to this idea from Madeleine L’Engle: “When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening.”

    Visiting from FMF! I’m #59 this week. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing. I’m your neighbor in the FMF : ) I find I often need to give myself a ‘time out’…slowing down is good for all ages and stages. Happy Monday!

  3. Lynne, I am so glad that you slowed down and took five to share your thoughts. It is so true that often in our busyness, we miss that which our God puts in our day that would make a huge difference in our lives. May we slow down and be attentive and intentional to not miss a thing for He truly has so much for us each day.

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