Haha, You thought this was about Pinterest, didn’t you? Couldn’t resist a catchy pun! 😉

Now that I have your “interest”: after a great deal of prayer, searching the Word and bouncing my thoughts off of my hubby and others close to me, I’m laying down my blogging pen for awhile.

The plan right now is around six months.

I could go into a long dissertation about how I’ve arrived here, but I’ll spare you the long story. The bottom line is that I believe the Lord is leading me to rest from blogging, to write behind the scenes and to lay this ministry before Him with open hands.

I’ve been writing devotions and Christian Living articles on the world wide web for nine years now, and I’ve loved it. Each blessing, bump, high and low has had its effect on my spiritual life, and hopefully yours and others too. But I don’t want to keep doing it just because “it’s what I do,” you know? Sometimes the Lord intends our gifts and talents to be used in other ways, and so I’m open to Him showing me what that looks like.

Those of you who blog know what a considerable amount of time it takes to do it and to do it well. When you add the fact that my heart is to encourage and challenge others spiritually, well, it adds even more prayer and study to the mix, because it’s a huge responsibility.

So the plan is to take the time that I would normally spend researching, planning, praying, and corresponding with readers and give it to the Lord instead–with undivided heart, open Bible, along with blank calendar (well, it’s not blank but you know what I mean) and journal in front of me.

At this point in time, I still plan to be on my Facebook Page as well as in and around my favorite blogging communities, so I’ll look forward to seeing you there. I also have left my calendar prayerfully open to speaking engagements as time allows and requests come.

I want to be totally available to whatever and wherever He leads during these months of Pen-to-Rest.  I covet your prayers as the Holy Spirit leads you, and I appreciate your support, encouragement and understanding as I follow God’s lead. I pray to walk by faith, not by sight in this, by His grace and for His glory.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:14-21, ESV

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15 Responses to Pen-to-Rest

  1. Joe Pote says:

    Oh, wow! I’m sure going to miss your posts, LauraLee, but look forward to still connecting with you on FB, or maybe on my blog from time to time.

    I certainly understand, and join you in praying for God’s direction in your life, as He leads you into new ministry opportunities.

    You have been a real blessing and encouragement to me, as I know you have been to others.
    Joe Pote recently posted..God Respects Our Choices

  2. This caught my eye on Facebook. I think it’s awesome that you are doing this. I’ve been thinking lately I need to disappear from online stuff (I’ve already stopped blogging unintentionally, Facebook and Twitter too) – but I’ve been thinking about unplugging myself…turning down work and getting back in tune with God. It’s tough for me because I’ve been ignoring God so long 🙂 I’ll never forget “I stand here, peace. I stand here, no peace.” Love ya girl!
    Lisa B @ simply His recently posted..Complete Failure

  3. Lisa says:

    It’s very inspiring to see how the Lord can lead someone so personally. I will pray for God to lead you to be used of Him the next 6 months. I’ve really enjoyed your blogs and will be re-reading them now!

  4. Yvonne says:

    Love you, sweet Lalee!
    (I am impressed with you listening and following the Spirit’s leading.)

    love you,

  5. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Joe. Many blessings as you continue to blog and minister in His name publicly. I’ll see you around!

  6. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks for coming by, LisaB. I pray you are able to discern what God wants you to do very soon, and that He will give you everything you need to follow through with it. I know you will be blessed as a result. Keep me posted on it! 😀

  7. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thank you for that positive word. It has been amazing to experience His leading in my ministry life the past several years. Remember what happened the last time I gave a ministry up, though? I ended up going to Cambodia! It was awesome, but I hope He has a lil something closer to home for me. :0 Seriously, though, thanks. This was a hard decision to make and one that I am already experiencing peace from. ;D

  8. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks, dear Vonnie. I’m thankful He gave me the will to obey. I don’t have it in and of myself. 😀 Much love to you.

  9. You are beautiful! As you open up your heart to God, he will most certainly open up his to you. Get the journal and pen ready. He has so much to show you, friend. Please stay in touch, LaLee:)! I love you so.

    elaine @ peace for the journey recently posted..In the Olive Press with Jesus {part four: Healing in the Desert}

  10. Lisa Mikitarian says:

    I know how hard this is–and it will be harder in the days to come–until one day it becomes easier. It’s hard to let go of our “habits”–especially when they are good ones.

    Praying for you LaLee–I truly can’t wait to see how God leads you. Your faith and obedience are a sight to behold. Love you.

  11. Joanne Sher says:

    Praying so VERY hard for God’s guidance through these months. You know I’m still here. Praying. Love you, La
    Joanne Sher recently posted..Finds for Fridays: March 2

  12. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks, Elaine. Just the word I needed. I’ll be in touch, feasting at your blog often! 😀

  13. LauraLeeShaw says:

    That’s so true, Lisa. The minute I pushed “publish,” I felt a mixture of peace and sadness. It has been a bit harder today. I really appreciate your encouragement, and especially your prayers. Love you too!

  14. LauraLeeShaw says:

    It is always a comfort to know you are praying, Jo, and I can count on you for support in a New York minute! Thank you for being a faithful friend. Love you too!

  15. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to take a break myself. But it just hasn’t happened yet. I know where to find you so you enjoy your blogging break and direct yourself in the Lord’s direction.
    Sending hugs to you my friend.
    Kim @ Homesteader’s Heart recently posted..Scripture Pictures

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