Living With an Observant Heart

I was living on auto-pilot. Racing to keep up with the endless demands of life as a full-time working parent. I knew I was not living in peace, constantly fighting just to keep my head above water, yet helplessly unable to change my circumstances.

Then the world stopped.

Life as we knew it ceased.

Everything closed like an extended snow day.

All of the racing, rushing and distractions were taken away and at first there was anxiety and fear, but as time went on in our frozen state, I noticed something change.

I found myself able to catch my breath, the fresh oxygen making it’s way to my brain and my vision began to clear. As I eased into this new way of life, without the rushing and the distractions, a new awareness surfaced.

What truly mattered, my relationship with God, my husband, my children, my family and quality time spent with all of them finally took it’s rightful place in my heart. The 20/20 vision that I was praying for took place in the midst of a pandemic.

COVID-19 took away many good things and 2020 was a tough year for all, some much more than others, but it also took away the distractions, forcing us to focus on what mattered most.

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Now as life has taken on a new normal, I find myself being pulled back into the busy rush that I know all too well and I catch myself longing for that extended snow day once again, but the Lord has opened my eyes once again.

I no longer have to rely on external forces to slow down and catch my breath. I have the power to live that way right here, right now by living with an observant heart, taking note of all that He has placed in front of me.

It is time to stop.

Stop the racing, stop the rushing.

Turn off the news, get off of social media.

Leave the laundry in the dryer, the dirty dishes in the sink.

Stop focusing on the negative circumstances and the parts of my life that are out of my control.

Tune out all of the noise and refocus my attention.

It is time to take note of what I have, saying it out loud or taking out a pen and making a list.

Thank you, Lord.

It is time to count my blessings. One by one. The ones that are obvious and the ones that I may need to search a little harder for.

Thank you, Lord

It is time to recalibrate my heart, slowing down long enough to thank God for everything He has given me so that I may once again dwell in His presence.

It took a pandemic to get me there, but now it’s up to me to stay.

You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name!

Psalm 100:4 TPT


(This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up)

7 thoughts on “Living With an Observant Heart

  1. Beautifully stated Kristina, “I no longer have to rely on external forces to slow down and catch my breath. I have the power to live that way right here, right now by living with an observant heart, taking note of all that He has placed in front of me. It took a pandemic to get me here, but now it’s up to me to stay.”

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  2. So beautifully stated. The pandemic has been a challenge for so many, but I agree that the forced stop allowed us to rethink priorities and focus on our blessings. Like you, I don’t want to return to the rush of “how things used to be” and continue to work on being more intentional with my time. To God be the Glory!

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