Sometimes Pressing Pause Is Necessary

I’m hitting the pause button. 

I hope you had a joy-filled, Christ-focused Christmas: one of awe and wonder as you reflected on the immensity of God becoming a human baby. All so you and I could live with Him forever!

My family and I are still celebrating. Traditionally my husband and I and the children settle into our finished barn loft for 3 days of uninterrupted time together over Christmas break.

It’s our family’s pause button. A beautiful time of reconnecting and loving each other (although by the end of the third night, we have grown a bit weary of each other’s quirks). But that, kind of, is the point (as silly as that seems).

At our barn, we focus on each other, not all the places to go and things to do. We realign ourselves with what it means to be family.

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Pressing Pause to Reflect, Pray, and Realign

That’s what I want to do spiritually as December rolls into January. I want to pause and realign myself and my ministry with what it means for me to be a child of God, to be in God’s family.

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You may have noticed I’ve been quieter than usual on my blog. I will continue to be so for the next couple weeks as I take time to reflect, pray, and realign myself with the mission and purpose God has for me.

I may still post occasionally during that time, but I plan to exercise stillness, giving myself time to breathe, some whitespace to think and pray and be.

It’s easy to get so wrapped up in our doing for the Lord that we forget to be with Him. I’ve experienced it. It’s easy to become blinded by our current doing that we fail to notice when God’s leading us into a new adventure. 

I don’t want to miss that new adventure. I don’t want to miss Him. 

Journey with me into 2017 with the focus of experiencing more of our Lord and Savior in this new year! Pause, be still with God, and see what adventure He has for you in the coming months.

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Have a blessed New Year!

“Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.” Romans 6:4 

Reflections: What are you doing to prepare for the adventure God has for you in this new year? 

I am always thrilled to link up with Suzie Eller for #livefreeThursday and this week’s prompt, “walking into my new adventure.” Click on the image to check out the wonderful encouragement.

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I am a blessed wife, mother of four, and follower of Jesus Christ, celebrating each messy day through His grace. I write, edit, and speak as God leads.

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  • Cecelia Lester

    Julie: You are right, We all need to pause and reflect on our relationship with one another and, more importantly, out relationship with God. Jennifer Brown Banks said we who blog should take planned blog breaks in order to refresh ourselves. This allows us not to become stale and also allows us to look at our writing as something we enjoy and look forward to. I am on a break from blogging until Jan 2. This was an experiment. When I planned out my topics for 2017, I kept that in mind and included breaks in my calendar.

    • Taking planned blog breaks. I like that. Hope you found yours restful, Cecelia.

      • Cecelia Lester

        Yes, I did. I spent time reading Scripture for 2017 Blog posts. I even got out my little Christmas tree and set it up. Hadn’t felt like going through the hassle of it for a few years.

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