Leisurely Place

In the human sense, being leisurely is definitely not how you would describe my current situation.  In fact, I have just experienced a job loss and in the process of a major move, two of the top 10 consistently listed stressful situations a person can go through.

But as you will find in these pages, my husband and I are embarking on an adventure that has been nothing but miraculous from the start!   It is a journey of faith, being open to a different way, accepting to walk a new path, secure in the knowledge that this is our next assignment.  

So why Leisurely Place?  My inspiration is the Hebrew word shalvah (shal-vaw') - quietness, ease, prosperity. In Eugen Peterson's book, A Long Obedience In The Same Direction, he writes "The root meaning of shalvah is leisure - the relaxed stance of one who knows that everything is all right because God is over us, with us and for us in Jesus Christ.  It is the security of being at home in a history that has a cross at its center.  It is the leisure of the person who knows that every moment of our existence is at the disposal of God, lived under the mercy of God."

So there you have it!  I am at leisure to journey on, placing myself in total dependence on the One Who came that we might have life and have it abundantly.  (John 10:10)

And what is this journey?  Some people may think we have lost our minds!  Frankly I thought we had, too.  But when God says go, He opens up paths that you thought you will not ever venture and yet everything just falls into place.  I truly believe that if we seek His will, He will kindle it in our hearts until the desire is burning and His will becomes our will.  He then opens the path and an exciting journey begins!  So we have begun this journey to live simply.  I am not sure I even fully grasp what that means.  Everything is not yet clear and I have no doubt that the process will not always be easy.  But we are learning as we take each step and I cling to the One whose word is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. (Psalm 119:105)

And so with glorious hope, we are on the leisurely path to creating a leisurely place.  We hope that you will pray for us, cheer us on, follow us in this journey through these pages and maybe someday visit us.  

For His glory!
A Long Obedience In The Same Direction
Discipleship In An Instant Society
by Eugene Peterson
A Study of Galatians
by Jodie Niznik
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