I am a fast walker. It drives my husband crazy. When we go places, I don’t walk slow enough for him (and he doesn’t walk fast enough for me!) I don’t do this on purpose, I just take big steps and I want to get where I am going and I want to get there fast. Having a nearly 2 year old with little legs slows you down considerably. She loves to walk, hates to be carried. This has forced me to slow down and take smaller “baby” steps.
It kind of made me think about all the ways that I’m having to slow down and take baby steps here lately. Finding myself thrown into such new and stretching positions lately (as in a new job and leading a Bible study, trying to keep sewing and growing that venture etc) I’m learning that in order to really do my best and be content with this place I’m in, I can’t just keep walking fast and hoping to get out of it soon. Rather, I need to focus on today and on taking little steps and savoring this season that I’m in.
When it comes to food and groceries, I want to feed my family better and cheaper. But I’m learning my limitations in this. I am not a coupon woman (except for what I pull out of the paper) and I’m learning I never will be. I do read the flier for the store and I am learning to plan weekly and cook out of my pantry more and more. I really want to bake more things and this post from Amy Karol has really prompted me to take baby steps towards eliminating as much processed food as possible. But, I’m learning that I can’t just jump in head first, but I’m going to have to do this gradually and see what fits our family best.
When it comes to finances. We are desperate to get out of this hole that we are in. In some ways, we are in the best financial situation we’ve been in in years. We have less debt and the way to eliminate some of that within the next year is very clear. That’s amazing to us. But yet, we struggle and want to take giant steps and just be out of it. It’s going to take lots of little baby steps to make this happen and that is hard to accept, but the growing process is amazing.
And lastly, myself. I have found myself pushed and pulled in so many directions. I have found myself so far out of my little comfort zone that I stand there and wonder who picked me up and dropped me way out here??? But yet, I am confident of this: “that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:5-7
But it’s a reminder that it’s going to take baby steps.