How was your summer?
Mine was a stillin & chillin one, to sum it up.
That doesn’t mean it wasn’t busy, it was. We traveled a good majority of the summer, and the family schedule stayed full. But taking the time off from ministry afforded me more intimacy and availability with my family and friends, more time to read, to exercise, to have intense study in the Word of God, as well as prayer.
The time with my family and friends was rich. Relaxed. Unhurried. Quality. God, in His wisdom, led us to faith-filled conversations that encouraged each of us.
The time walking, swimming and biking not only made me feel incredible physically and emotionally, but I lost some extra pounds too. 😉 It’s a prayer of mine to work this into my regular schedule…will be a challenge as I’m easily convinced to do other activities.
The time in my Bible and prayer filled me with a renewed awe and wonder of the Lord and a heart more fully declaring His praises. While taking moments to be still & know Him, I was humbled as I wept and repented of sin in my life exposed by the light of His Truth.
It’s not that I don’t normally do all the things above, but obeying the Lord in His call to take a ministry break for summer gave me an undivided and undistracted heart toward those right in front of me, including Himself. It was just what I needed. The fact that the Lord knew that and loved me enough to let me know makes me glad. And grateful. I’ll be sharing more in posts to come.
If the Lord ever asks you to chill and be still for a season, my advice to you is this: Do it, with open eyes & ears and a humble heart, then share all about it later. Please don’t mind the cliche, but…you’ll be glad you did.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the LORD.
I have not hidden Your deliverance within my heart;
I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation;
I have not concealed Your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.
Psalm 40:10, ESV
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