for when you feel rushed on the inside

It’s Wednesday, the middle of the first full week of May. Exams are beginning, recitals are scheduled, teacher gifts are bought (or are at least on the list). The schedule calls for high gear, quick movements, finished tasks.

In the hustle of May, it can be easy to forget who we are.


And so I pause this morning, take a walk around the block, consider the day as it is and myself within it. As I walk, I whisper something ridiculous: I am not a robot.

This seems obvious, except it isn’t always for me. I recognize a compulsion to focus on tasks and an inability to celebrate their completion. Instead, I just move on to the next one.

There is something un-human about that.

I read in Richard Foster’s book on prayer, “Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth but from falling in love.” I pause to think about those words, rub my sore jaw. Love is a choice and love takes time.

Our souls aren’t made to hustle.


The winner of the 7 gifts from Monday’s Mother’s Day Giveaway is Laura Boggess. Nearly 600 of you entered that giveaway – maybe I’ll do these more often. Congratulations, Laura – check your email!


  1. says

    thank you so much. great reminder. I am often hustling (generally without real reason!) and gritting my teeth through prayer. “our souls aren’t made to hustle.” yes!

  2. says

    I totally need this reminder. Hectic May. Teacher gifts, not yet bought – haven’t even made the to-do list (thanks for that reminder, too!). I wear a mouth guard at night for jaw pain (I remember when you wrote about that a few months ago). And I have a cold, of course, which in itself is a reminder to slow down. Here’s to non-robotic movements, Emily…
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  3. Janet says

    Deep and still instead of shallow and hustling. That is where I need to be right now. I spent part of yesterday having worship with The Best of Hillsong Live. That helps.

  4. says

    Feeling that robotic task mastering over here today! And I have yet to go to the post office to mail mother’s day gifts. Yikes! But it is beautiful and sunny and I really just want to sit outside and close my eyes and enjoy God’s Spring. Just might do that instead…thanks for the suggestion (that was your suggestion, right?)
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  5. Amy E. says

    “I recognize a compulsion to focus on tasks and an inability to celebrate their completion. Instead, I just move on to the next one.” Whoa, that kind of punched me in the face. or the gut. But led to lots of digging into the why. So I thank you. :)

  6. says

    Oh I so needed this today, thank you Emily! I just finished a blog post about how crazy this month is, so nice to come over here and breathe :)

  7. says

    “I recognize a compulsion to focus on tasks and an inability to celebrate their completion. Instead, I just move on to the next one.” This is equally true for me. And when I’m feeling rushed I also fall into the trap of thinking I don’t have time to stop and breathe, re-focus and put things in perspective. I just keep pushing and my stress levels keep rising. Thanks for this reminder Emily, it’s very timely.
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  8. says

    Ahhh…I needed this reminder. The most profound truths are so simple. Our souls are not made to hustle…yes. So today, instead of barking orders at my kids, I will love them slowly and deliberately, enjoying the gift of them. And instead of flying around, blind to the beauty, I will pause and slow. it. down. Thank you for sharing this, Emily!! xoxo
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