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Simple and Slow Living

I made a decision this week to drop out of my weekly BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) Bible Study class. It wasn’t an easy decision because I love the teaching, the lessons, and the ladies. The truth is that we added two children to our home, ages two and five, and going to Bible study was going to add a lot of stress. (We already have a two-year-old, in addition to our adult children.) Bible study means getting three preschoolers up and out the door by 8:30 a.m. It meant trying to get them adjusted to a new place, new teachers, and a new routine when they’re already trying to get used to so much.

Because of this I’m going to have to be diligent about my own personal study, but there are times when it’s important to choose a simple schedule over a complicated one. It’s helpful to choose the slower pace than a rushed one.


When you choose slow and simple you may have to give up:
Scheduled events
Rushing out the door
Frantically trying to find your children’s shoes
Stress over looking at the clock
Mumbling and complaining at kids that never move quite as fast as you’d like

You also may have to add in:
Extra quiet time with God
Phone calls with friends
Podcasts of Bible teaching
Mommy Bible classes with the kiddos

I expect that six months from now—when our new adopted kids are settled—I can look to doing an outside study again. But for now I have peace, and I have these kids, and I have God who is good at encouraging me to the slow and simple way.

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. Congratulations on your growing family and your choice to take it slow.

  2. Praying for you as you juggle family and work!

  3. Congrats on adoption and decision to live “slower,” at least right now

  4. Anne Freeman says:

    I can understand the decision you have made, and I am sure that God does, too. I am sure these two mall children will appreciate and love being part of your family. The simple way is a good choice I think.


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