Recapture What Gets Lost in the Rush

My marriage isn’t perfect. No marriage is.

I’ve been known to throw orange juice across the kitchen, pitch a complete fit over something totally irrational, and go silent for days.

Yeah me.

But twenty two years has taught me love, real love, is two people deciding to stay. Work it out. Fall in love again. And fight for, not against, one another.

Each morning I have a routine with my husband. It’s simple. Nothing profound. Nothing for which we’d ever stop and snap a picture.

It’s just a moment.

He asks me to help him pick a tie. He then needs gentle hands to fold the collar over.

Actually, he doesn’t need. He wants gentle hands to fold the collar over. And I do. It’s just a moment. But it’s a moment where we stop. We see what a gift imperfect love is.

And in this unrushed silence, we connect.

It’s just a moment together. Or is it?

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This kind of together can only happen when we choose to experience the thrill of the unrushed yes. It’s being together and relishing that togetherness even with all its imperfections. This is true for marriages but also for family and for friends who feel like family.

I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing out on the sweet parts of life. I want to savor more of these unrushed moments. And if I had to take a guess, I think you do too.

I wrote my new book, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands, to help us do just that.

If you’re living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and aching with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul, please know you are not alone. I share so many of my personal struggles with this in the book and want to breathe life into your hard places today. To pre-order your copy of The Best Yes, click here. You’ll receive $50 of free resources that won’t be available when the book releases August 12th.

I’m also giving away 3 copies of The Best Yes. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite unrushed moment is.


Unrush Me

Ever felt like you’ve set your life to the rhythm of rush? Me too.

Sometimes it takes stepping out of the rush to see things. Recently, I went to the Holy Land. It was a trip I’d longed to take for years. But as the day to leave marched closer and closer, I wished I’d scheduled it later—another time, a time when life didn’t feel so busy.

Exhaustion gnawed deep places in my heart, demanding me to slow down. But how? I’ve made my decisions and now my decisions have made me. Me — this shell of a woman caught in the rush of endless demands.

But the trip was booked, so I went. And I’m forever glad I did. In the Holy Land, busy took a break from chasing me. This trip forced me to “unrush,” and I discovered I like who I am so much better when I’m not set to the wrong rhythm.

I also learned so much about Jesus. His life. His decisions. His lessons.

Today, I’m sharing the most impactful lesson about unrushing that I learned over at (in)courage – will you join me? I have a feeling you might need a breath of fresh air in your schedule. Click here to read more.

We’ll also talk more about an unrushed life in my free, 5-day “Unrush Me” devotional. It’s so easy to sign up and it’s a sneak preview of the message of my new book, The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. The devotional will be sent right to your email every morning to encourage you before all of the day’s demands come flooding in. Click here to sign up.

Today, I’m giving away an advanced reader copy of The Best Yes as well as a beautiful “Unrush Me” necklace here on the blog and at (in)courage… so you have two chances to win!

"Unrush Me, Lord…" - The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

To enter, leave a comment below with a simple way that you can unrush your schedule right now. Or, be among the first to pre-order your copy of The Best Yes and receive $50 of free resources! Just click here to get your copy.


An Invitation To Come Over?

For years I’ve wished instead of sending my blog out through pixilated letters that I could just meet you at a coffee shop and chat.

I just know we’d have the best time! And while that might be a bit complicated for most of the coffee shops I frequent, I think I’ve finally figured out a way for us to have some face-to-face time.

So consider today’s blog like a little invitation I’m slipping right underneath your door…

On August 12th I’m releasing my new book, The Best Yes, and I wondered if you might want to come to Charlotte and join me for a free, live webcast and release party?

We have so many fun events planned for the day… Q&A session, mix and mingle, worship, and of course, the webcast where I’ll share a message. I’d love to have you join me! Here are the details:

Who: You, me, the Proverbs 31 Ministries team and anyone you’d like to invite!
What: The Best Yes Release Day Party and Live Webcast
When: August 12th – doors open at 5:30PM
Where: 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive, Charlotte NC

Click here to reserve your spot for this free event. Please note: tickets are limited!

And if you can’t quite make it to Charlotte on August 12th, no worries. You can still tune into The Best Yes webcast online and invite your friends to watch with you!

Just provide your email address in the form below, and we will keep you in the loop about how to join the free webcast.

So whether I see you in-person on August 12th, or through a computer screen, please know I am thankful for you. Your prayers, love, and support mean the world to me.