If you're moving a little too fast today, feeling rushed and stressed, I encourage you to take two minutes to listen to the following song. I suspect you'll be grinning by the time the Smothers Brothers step in to help with the ending, and you'll feel far more relaxed, even groovy: [youtube_sc url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBQxG0Z72qM"] When you've settled … [Read more...]
Curiosity Journal: May 9, 2012
Each Wednesday (or thereabouts) I’ve been recording a Curiosity Journal to recap the previous week using these tag words: reading, playing, learning, reacting and writing.:::ReadingI just finished The Pursuit of God, by A.W. Tozer: … [Read more...]
It doesn't take much to slow down.A secondhand throw tossed onto a secondhand rocker. … [Read more...]
Busyness: Refusal to Rest in the Lord?
Heidi of God is Doing a New Thing wrote about busyness and her “refusal to rest in the Lord”:“I don’t know how you do all you do!”Compliments like these cause me to evaluate if I unwittingly parade “all I do” around specifically so I can get accolades from others. I hope not!The truth is, I don’t do *any* of the many things I do well. (Even now, a part of me wants to … [Read more...]
40 Days of Rest?
Is it possible for the 40 days of Lent to become an extended rest?And what does that have to do with an obscure place in Australia called "Nelligen"?Read about it at Not So Fast today.Photo © 2010 by Zoe Sandvig of A Sideways Glance. Used with permission.It’s easy to subscribe to annkroeker.com updates via email or RSS feed.Visit NotSoFastBook.com to learn more about Ann’s … [Read more...]
Listen in on my chat with L.L. Barkat
L.L. Barkat of Seedlings in Stone and Green Inventions Central interviewed me about Not So Fast.It's appropriate that the title of this post rhymes, as L.L. is a poet. A book of her poetry, entitled Inside Out, was recently published and she hosts the poetry posts (ha! more rhyme!) at HighCallingBlogs.com and Random Acts of Poetry/Poetry Friday at her Seedlings in Stone … [Read more...]
From the Rush to a Hush
Shhhh...People are quieting down all over the place.They're discovering how to be still ... or, at least, they're trying to.They're stopping. Pausing. Praying.People are enjoying silence.Ann Voskamp at Holy Experience is taking us by the hand this week and leading us to quiet places with her primer on slowing down and how to seek. She invites others to post on intentional … [Read more...]
Where in the World Wide Web is Ann Kroeker?
My friend Jane invited me to record a podcast and submit a guest post for her Only By Prayer blog.So that's where you'll find me today on the World Wide Web--at Only By Prayer. Education is the topic she's focusing on this month, so I wrote about it with a "slow-down" focus.Actually, I veered a bit from the education theme and headed more toward the greatest commandment. … [Read more...]
The "Name That Boy" contest is officially over.Garnering 31 percent of the votes, we have a winner.The "not so fast" boy's name is...Henry!More than one person suggested Henry, so the names went into the box lid to be drawn by my flesh-and-blood boy.Who won the second complimentary copy of Not So Fast?Jane Anne, of Gravity of Motion!Congratulations, Jane Anne, and thanks … [Read more...]
On the Air with Ann
(photo credit: stock.xchng)I was interviewed by phone about Not So Fast on a station in Minneapolis, MN, for the "Live! with Jeff & Lee" show.(Wait, let's pause for a second to count how many prepositional phrases I packed into that first sentence. What's your count? I think it's six if you count the one that squeezes in with the name of the show. And the sentence … [Read more...]
"Name That Boy" Poll
A lot of really great names were proposed (with a few repeats). Some were sweet little boy names, some were symbolic, and a few sounded like names that the little boy inherited from a high-achieving great-grandpa.After a grueling evaluation, I narrowed them down to just a few.By the way, a friend dipped into his creative juices to come up with (among others) Loaded-Down … [Read more...]
"Name That Boy" Contest: First Book Giveaway Winner
A big thanks to all who left comments and suggested names for the little boy on the cover of Not So Fast!There were two ways to win. The first was to to enter the drawing by leaving a comment with a name suggestion. Each person who commented was entered into a drawing.I wrote each person's name on a strip of paper, folded each strip in half, and dropped them into a box … [Read more...]
"Name That Boy" Book Giveaway Contest
You've seen the cute boy on the book cover loaded down with activities, right?If not, here he is:People frequently ask me if that boy is "The Boy"; that is, my son.I'd like to clear things up here and now:Nope. He's not my son. He's not "The Boy."The Not So Fast boy is, however, going to be a big part of my life. He'll travel with me to various speaking events. He'll grace … [Read more...]
I've been working on my forthcoming book, Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families, for years. Much of that time, I wasn't sure what I could say about it here on the blog.In fact, for quite some time, I was evasive. I didn't know how long it would be before the book's release, so I didn't want to post searchable text that described what it was … [Read more...]