Hey guys! I know it’s been a very long time since I connected with you all on here. This year has felt like a year and a half took place over the last six months. And not just because of the current pandemic we’re facing but it’s just been an unusually long year.
One of the things I’ve been doing a lot of this year is reading. I’m currently working through two books (which I normally wouldn’t recommend but in this case it’s been so good) and have been feeling really encouraged and challenged by them. So much so that I’ve decided to do a two week experiment of sorts. First, let me go back and explain a little bit…
One of the books I’m reading is called What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa Terkeurst. This book teaches you how to live a life that says yes to God – yes to needing Him and following Him closely; yes to the interruptions or divine appointments He sends our way; and yes to what He wants us to learn in this season. The other book I’m reading is called Rhythms of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons. This book teaches you about different rhythms for life that are meant to help you leave behind anxiety and stress and walk boldly in all that God has for you. The rhythms she focuses on are: rest, restore, connect, and create. So far, I’ve only made it through the rhythm of rest…
Both these books combined have challenged me to take some time and focus on how to rest. So I’m saying, “Yes, Lord. Teach me how to truly rest in a way that protects and rejuvenates me.” This two week experiment I’ll be doing focuses around the practices outlined in Rebekah’s book to develop the self-discipline of God-blessed rest. This will involve taking inventory of where I’m at right now, taking a step away from social media and Netflix, lots of intentional quiet time, figuring out how to make sleep a priority, and being fully present with my family. This time is meant to help make sure my priorities are in the right place but also to prepare for the next big change in our family with only nine weeks left (give or take) until the arrival of our second baby girl.
I honestly felt a little weird sharing about this experiment and why I want to do it but the reality is, we live in a world that is caught up in experiencing and processing things in the moment through social media. In a season where so much of life has become focused on being online and where I have no real concept of the passing of time, it’s become more and more clear that I need to pause.
Some days, the weight of this season and the realities we are living in are overwhelming. Peace doesn’t always come easily and I long for the day when this is “over”. I have heard from so many about wanting to return to “normal” or that they are just waiting for this to “blow over”. While I can’t wait to be able to do things like gather together with my church family on a Sunday morning again, I don’t want to miss what God is doing right now because I’m so focused on waiting for the next season to come. So I’m going to pause. I’m going to take some time to get quiet and allow my mind and body the time it needs to truly rest.
My prayer for you is that you would also allow God the space to speak into where you’re at and fill you each day with what you need. I pray that God would show you how He has been at work in your circumstances and that He has a plan even through all of this. I can’t wait to share with you how these next two weeks go and the power in getting quiet before the Lord.