Catching your breath…
The Christmas crazy is over. Somehow we managed to get everything done and celebrate the birth of Jesus even if by the hair of our chinny chin Chin‘s!
The new year is right around the corner and with it looms the desire to do better this year than we did in the past. While the sugarplums that danced in our heads are now a distant memory, the New Year’s resolutions are heavy on our minds.
What will we do?
What will we change?
What will we commit to be better at than we were before?
Hopefully, we will we will attack and accomplish all He gives us to do in the year ahead.
But wait a minute! Before we jump right in, let’s push the pause button and be willing to take a much needed break to restore, replenish and refresh our depleted spirits.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Our souls and our spirits need time to rest so we can renew our spirits. Our physical bodies need rest from the strenuous activities that come from a lot of celebrating.
We can fool ourselves into thinking “I can do it in my own strength, or “I’ve got this by myself.“
But the truth is, we all need times of refreshment, and time spent alone with God and with others He has put in our lives to encourage, support and lift our spirits.
All of us have different ways of doing this. Maybe your spirit needs time to be alone with a good book, and the word of God. Maybe God speaks to you and restores you through the beauty of His creation. And if you are blessed like I am to have special people in your life who know you and love you for who you truly are, then the combination of these things can be a literal gift from God to restore, renew and replenish you.
I must admit that for most of my life I have been really bad at realizing this need in my life. I love to serve, I love others, and I love giving. And I would always jump into The new year ready to charge forward and conquer the world for Christ. But in the past several years God has spoken to my heart and let me know that He has given me the blessing of precious time away between Christmas and New Year’s with a special friend who loves me for who I am, encourages me to use the gifts God has given me, holds me accountable when I need it, and shares her home by the beautiful ocean God made with me and my family. Sometimes all you need is the word of God in your mind and heart, God‘s beautiful creation around you and some faithful “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.”
Sometimes all it really does take is a little help from our friends. If you are blessed to have people in your life – one, two or more who love you enough to help you take a break, then you are blessed! Listen to them and how God can speak through them to restore, replenish, and revive your spirit, soul, mind, and strength. Let’s take a break together at the end of this season and get ready to jump into the new year, 2020 and all that God has for us!
Rest well my friend.
Meet you back here in the New Year!
TAKING A break with God restores, replenishes, and renews our spirits!
Speak Truth Love