If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.

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I am a pastor's wife, mother of 4 kids (2 adopted and 3 with special needs), physical therapist, and photography junky. This is where it all comes together for me. Feel free to join along as I process life out loud.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Slowing Down - Part 1

The theme of family camp this year was "Fight".  It was based on Nehemiah 4:14- Remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes."

When I walked into our new cabin, I saw this sign hanging over my bed.

When I originally thought about fighting for my family, I thought of things that I would do and ways that I would protect them.  I believe popular culture tells us fighting for our child looks like making  sure they have that particular teacher and working now to secure them a place on the high school ___________ team or even in the university of their choice.   But that is not it.

By the end of the week, I saw the theme as less like a list of things I might do and more like a list of things I need to lay down in order to be where I need to be so I can trust God to take care of the rest.  More like, well, this sign.   I don't do still very well at all.  I am a doer, a fixer, and a getter done gal myself.  So sitting still is way outside my norm.  However, I am finding that my need to have everything in place often robs me of the opportunity to interact with my children and see God move.

So we are slowing down around here.  I am taking less photo shoots. I have also decided to work one less day a week at my PT job so I can be home more.  The cutback won't be easy on our finances, but we are going to trust God to take care of the details as I focus more on being still with my family.  

Ni Hao Yall


Susan said...

What a wise woman you are!! Love these shots of your beautiful children.


Amy said...

Gorgeous pictures & such a wonderful message! I'm a "doer" girl too, so this is tough for me as well. Good luck in your new journey!!

Eva said...

Lovely photos and great message. Being still is the tough part when you're such a go-getter.

Stefanie said...

Love this post! Such wise words :)
God blesses us when we trust Him, especially with those things we cherish the most!
Happy Sunday!

Marla said...

I get that. I struggle with justifying myself through what I can accomplish and distracting myself with go go go. I've been praying for the mind that is life and peace in Romans 8.

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