And—just like that, it’s September.
Hi friend, How was your summer? Go anywhere fun? Read any good books? Tackle a big project? I need to know all-the-things. 🙂 It’s great to be back with you.
Thank you for the grace you’ve shown me during my Summer of Rest. Transparency alert: taking a break felt scary at first. Would I still be able to make a difference? Would I feel shame for not publishing as much as others? Would I still be respected as a writer?
Truth is, my exhaustion outweighed my fear—which required my trust to rise up and meet the fear. I knew burn-out wasn’t God’s best for me, and I couldn’t serve Him well from a dry pitcher.
It took weeks for my spirit to settle, but as each sunrise gave way to the next, the Lord began untangling the chaos of my mind, inviting me into the beauty of His calm.
Turns out, the Summer of Rest was the deep breath of my soul.
And, not only that—I’ve decided to make it a tradition!
What once was weary is now refreshed.
What once was scattered is now purposed.
What once was caged is now free.
Stuff I Learned This Summer:
- It’s okay if the things He asks of me look different from the things He asks of others.
- Rest is life-giving, not goal-destroying.
- There are way too many spiderwebs on my porch. Aye-yi-yi
- Still-time is sacred time.
- Holiness comes from abiding, not from preforming.
- Levi the kitty is a sweet porch buddy. (Obviously.)
- You can’t rise until you sit. The peace is found in the pause.
- Stillness begets confidence. Confidence in His plan for my days.
- It’s hard to say no to good things.
- Chick-fil-a Watermelon Mint Lemonade is yummy to my tummy.
- Small living is powerful living.
- He didn’t fall off His throne when I quieted my schedule.
Friend, if you ever feel God calling you into a season of quiet—run, don’t walk. I walked until I could barely crawl. What in the ever-living world is that about? Oh, the loving-patience of a God who begs us to accept a blessing.
What is with our reluctance to rest? The very thing we crave, we fight. Are we so afraid of losing “control” of the ship, we don’t notice the mutiny sinking it?
His harvest is more abundant than we know to imagine. At time’s dawn He knew us, called us, and set us apart for Himself. We can trust Him to fulfill what He began.
My prayer for you as we walk into autumn together : “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
Tell me, friend—what did you learn from Summer’s classroom?
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