Thoughtful Thursday in Summer with Jennifer Slattery
Today I welcome my special guest Jennifer Slattery to Thoughtful Thursday.
As I always do, the question I ask my guests is: What has been dominating your thoughts lately?
Over to you Jennifer:
I’m the woman who routinely forgets where she parks at the grocery store. Then, once I get home, I may unload half the groceries, leaving the rest to cook in the trunk … I’ve left open. I often run clothes through the washing machine, wake up to find them, never having made it to the dryer, still there and begin to sour. This leaves me with two options—wash them again or smell like I took a bath in curdling milk.
I’m fairly certain we have the cleanest towels in all of Nebraska. It’s not that I’m forgetful, really. It’s just that I tend to live perpetually distracted. There’s always a story or a blog post or an article or a study playing through my brain. And if not a story, I’m thinking about that laundry back home that I’ve forgotten or the groceries I should be picking up. Or maybe I’m rehashing what I said or didn’t say or should’ve said during my last conversation.
One I may or may not have been distracted during.
It seems my mind always wants to be everywhere but here, in the present.
To be fully present in the present. That’s been my goal, my focus, for some time now. To take the time to listen, really listen, when others are speaking. To set my phone down and, if need be, my to-do list aside, so that I can engage.
To undue the habit of jumping at every text message ping and Facebook alert chime that is consistently shortening my attention span so that I can fully enjoy the most precious gifts God has given me.
Like my husband.
The sunset and sunrise unfiltered, because I’m viewing it for real and not on my phone.
To stay seated, relaxed, long enough to see the night’s first fireflies emerge and the first stars to twinkle.
I haven’t done that in forever, and not just because fireflies don’t seem to live where I do. Rather, because it’s summer, and I can’t seem to stay up past dusk. In all seriousness, though, I am learning to pause, to take more time to look up and around. And I’m much happier for it and more at peace for it.
Though I still seem to leave clothes in the washer and food in the trunk. But not ice cream. Somehow I never forget to bring that in.
Priorities, I suppose.
Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.
Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com
Jennifer’s latest release is Healing Love.
Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Biographer and she teaches seniors to write their own personal stories, she lives in Toronto with her family and two cats. Read more