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The Significance of Slow and Steady {Giveaway}

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It feels like a month of motion on this blog. First, we said so long to sidetracked. Then we realized our dreams may come with drama, but we must have determination. Last week, I asked, “Is momentum on your side?

But this week we’re looking at the significance of slow and steady. It’s the pace required to establish a habit. It’s the commitment towards building momentum.

Here’s what I mean.

The race between the tortoise and the hare is a well-known tale. The speedy rabbit almost won until he took a prideful pause. Then the steadily moving turtle strolled across the finish line and declared victory.

I have the hare’s mindset but I need tortoise tendencies.

Being energetic is a part of who I am.  Productivity with a purpose is what I aim for. But a pace that creates anxiety is a pace I try to avoid.

Yet, the pace of life comes with the need to make adjustments. Inflexibility can lead to endless frustration, unless I learn to adapt by God’s grace.

“Discovering God’s Rhythm for Our Destiny” was the theme for my church’s women’s retreat last fall.  Dr. Alicia Britt Chole was our speaker.

As she spoke, she mentioned her newest book, The Sacred Slow, A Holy Departure from Fast Faith. The title resonated with me.

God’s deep work in my heart usually takes place gradually; but I must submit continually.

Before leaving the retreat, I decided to do the study. It includes a Life Scroll, enabling the reader to see their life “in layers.”  It’s divided into what Chole describes as “fifty-two experiences in unhurried honesty with God.”

And from my experience, so far, it delivers.

I’m taking the entire year to read the book by completing one experience a week. It can be done in a shorter period of time. However, I don’t want to rush through the places where God wants to reach my heart.

Now I sit in a wonderful paradox of sensing what I believe is His plan:

I’m reading The Sacred Slow.

My word for the year is momentum.

My scriptural focus is Hebrews 12:1 and 2 NLT:  “…let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”

Between the book title, my “one word” and my verse for the year, my course is set.  I pray my heart remains open.

I’m encouraged by the well-known tale. The rabbit was equipped to run the race and finish well. But the turtle was convinced persevering in small steps would get him to his destination.

It will get us to ours too.

Whatever goal we have in mind, a sprint may be satisfying but slow and steady is also significant. It is the unrushed, sometimes unwanted, approach to completing what’s unfinished. But it may also be God’s approach to healing where we’re undone.

“Ours is a hurried age, in which speed is deified and waiting is demonized. Ours is a cluttered age, in which noise is the norm and images constantly clamor for our attention. And in our hurried, cluttered age, faster has become synonymous with better, and experience has become a substitute for intimacy.”  – Alicia Britt Chole, The Sacred Slow, A Holy Departure from Fast Faith 

The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt CholeLeave a comment below and enter a drawing to win a free copy of The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt Chole. Eligible entries must be entered by Sunday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m.EST. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 31. Thank you!

22 Comments

  1. QuaWanna Bannarbie
    QuaWanna Bannarbie

    Thank you Joy for this post. Recently, I accepted a calling that I have been denying for many years. When I said yes to God, I immediately became hesitant as I started considering “what next”. I thought I might hire a coach. It would have cost me a great deal of money. Then one morning as I was praying to the Lord about the coaching prospect, the Spirit of God impressed upon me that if I were to reach out to this coach now, I would miss the value of the growing process. I felt God was saying that it is in the “growing process” that He shows me how “the calling” fit me. Later, he reminded me of his word in Romans 8:29-30. I realize that I am in the later part of my “predestinate season” just before he calls me out publicly. I am excited. Your post helped me to see, the process may be slow but it is so important to take God’s time. He knows best.

    January 24, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi QuaWanna! I’m amazed at how God calls us then “coaches” us into His purposes and plan. May we continue to yield in preparation for what He has in mind. Blessings to you!

      January 24, 2018
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  2. FELICIA BRYANT-SOSA
    FELICIA BRYANT-SOSA

    This message was so timely, as I inched along in my morning commute. The roads covered with Black Ice and accidents all around. Thankful for travel mercies and your blog to start the day, “Slow and Steady!”

    January 24, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Felicia! I’m glad you enjoyed this post and safely navigated your commute. 🙂

      January 24, 2018
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  3. This is so timely. I took a few weeks off to start this year, and it was unexpected. Although I was mentally exhausted the last couple weeks of last year, I wasn’t planning to take any time off, until my father passed away. As much as I’d LOVE to jump back into my normal “hare’s” pace, I just don’t feel it. And I’m determined to accept (without regret, is my hope) whatever the consequences are of slowing down, believing that all will work out for my good.

    January 24, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Lisa – I’m sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I’ve lost both my parents and I’ve learned grief can be a unique journey. I share part of my grief journey here (if you’re interested): https://joyawilliams.com/when-loss-begins-to-linger/.

      I can imagine your time off may feel like life delayed. But as you slow down may you experience God in your deepest needs and grace every step of the way. Thanks for sharing your heart.

      January 24, 2018
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  4. Tonja
    Tonja

    Love the quote at the end from the book! ❤️ Simplifying and being unbusy have been speaking to my spirit for the last couple years. I’ve yet to master it! 🤷🏻‍♀️

    January 24, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Tonja! Ditto that for me. The Sacred Slow has been a great tool to help me see where life is cluttered.

      January 24, 2018
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  5. welcomeheart
    welcomeheart

    What a wonderful retreat and book and book title – and how God is using it in your life for His pleasure and yours. A great year for you and for those you touch! Keep at it, and I will , too.

    January 24, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      What sweet encouragement – thanks and blessings to you!

      January 24, 2018
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  6. Waiting is do tough sometimes, and so is slow and steady when I put in so much work. I feel like I should see results, and they just don’t come quick enough. But God always sends small reminders along the way…that He sees our work. He appreciates our obedience and progress, and He will reward our efforts.

    January 24, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Amen! God sees our efforts and He knows just when and how to keep us encouraged — even in our waiting.

      January 24, 2018
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  7. Thank you for these thoughts, Joy! I’m also one with hare-like energy, but have been blessed to have God slow me to turtle-like pace. You’re right- habits develop with slow, steady momentum. That’s a wonderful, freeing point. Thanks for the giveaway and the wisdom!

    January 25, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Bethany – my hare-like energy friend! It sounds like you get why The Sacred Slow is such a welcome read. Your name is in the hat! 🙂

      January 25, 2018
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  8. The sacred slow sounds wonderful and a book I need. Yet I have so many books on my read list which is kind of like my life. I add so much its hard to slow down.

    I too am very productive and energetic. Steady progress is a hard one for me. However, God took me on a journey with a child with mental illness and I have had to learn steady progress is key. It is one little miracle followed by another and they all add up to crossing the line.

    January 25, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Maree! I love what you said about “one little miracle followed by another and they all add up to crossing the line.” Thanks for sharing your heart and your wisdom.

      January 25, 2018
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  9. What a fresh perspective and even a paradigm shift to slow down and maintain one’s pace. Thank you for reminding us that slow and steady wins the race.

    January 25, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Patricia! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by!

      January 25, 2018
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  10. Susan
    Susan

    Hi Joy, I found your blog through Be Thee Inspired link-up and I’m SO glad I did! What a great post and something I really needed to read today. I love how you write and thoroughly enjoyed your perspective. Sloooowww and steady is so hard for me and like you said, especially in this day and age. Thank you!

    January 26, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Susan! Welcome – I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Please stop in anytime! 😊

      January 26, 2018
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  11. Momentum- what a great focus word for the year! I often feel like my pace is excruciatingly slow, and it can be frustrating. I needed the reminder that by persevering with small and steady steps, I will make it to my destination! Great word, Joy!

    January 28, 2018
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Rachel! I’m glad this post encouraged you. As we keep moving in God’s direction, He will keep us in the way (and with the pace) we should go!

      January 28, 2018
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