An Unhurried Life

From the Archives, June 19, 2014

As I write this from the future…having already lived through this blog, I see how I worried for nothing. God took care of things, as He always does. All my worrying did absolutely nothing but rob me of my joy. Here I am all these years later:

  • All three children out of college.
  • I have my MA in Human Services, Marriage and Family Specialization
  • One daughter married (i.e. wedding costs, etc.).
  • One son married.
  • All three children off on their own, finding their way and doing well.
  • Lived through my mother’s serious bout with life.
  • And so much more….

And, guess what? I’m still standing.

God has provided over and over and over again in a myriad of ways I could never have imagined.

AND, as a bonus, I have grown in so many ways I can’t count them all.

I pray that somehow my life experiences can help you see the futility of worry. Don’t give worry one more second of your life…..and if you need help with that, I’m here for you!

Unhurried Time with Author Janell Rardon

Unhurried Time with God = An Unhurried Mind = An Unhurried Soul

This past week my mind has been in a flurry of fuzzy, frantic thoughts. Thoughts careening from last week’s manuscript rejection. What now? I need a job. Don’t I? With two children in college, extra income would be helpful, especially with the slowing economy, high gas prices, the cost of food. . . But, what can I do? I’ve been mothering so long, I really don’t have much to show on paper. Well, I could go back to college. Get my Master’s Degree. Oh, that costs money. But, in the long run, I would have more earning potential. But, then, what about right now? We need extra income. . .now. Okay, even writing down the thoughts (and I’ve spared you many, many more) makes me exhausted. I am exhausting myself. But, I know you can relate. Women are masters at worrying. And that master’s degree doesn’t come from a university. It comes straight from the heart.

A Hurried Life + A Hurried Mind = A Hurried Heart

One thing I have learned over the years, this type of mental chaos and confusion is NEVER from God. How do I know this? Because God is not a God of disorder or confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). He is a God of Peace. Peace that passes all understanding. Philippians 4:6-8 (MSG) describes this peace:

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”
Putting Philippians 4:6-8 into Practice
Reading this particular translation teaches me three things I can put into practice today:
  1. Instead of worrying (or fretting), pray. Shh my soul’s unrest.
  2. Let praise & petition shape my worries into prayer.
  3. Surrender the worry and sit under the shadow of God’s wings (Psalm 91).


“Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush; anxious for greater developments and greater wishes and so on; so that children have very little time for their parents; Parents have very little time for each other; and the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.”

-Mother Teresa


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