When You’re Forced To Slow Down & An Invitation
I’ve been pretty silent in this space over the last month or so. I feel as if my blog is in survival mode, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. I am thankful, so thankful, for the amazing featured writers who have loaned their voices to my space over the last month — actually, over the last several months, and for my new Weekend Brew co-host, Mary Geisen. I am not sure this blog would be moving forward without my beautiful friends.
As a reader, I know you come here to read my words, and I want you to know I value your time and effort. I appreciate the grace and acceptance you’ve extended as I’ve opened my space up to others. I am a big community girl, and believe it takes a village to keep a blog running sometimes. I want to thank you for welcoming my guests and continuing to encourage my heart in a season where I am struggling to find my voice and keep my feet on solid ground.
When I got laid off October 1st, I welcomed what I thought would be a week or two of “down time” — time to get some things done around the house, to rest and to just chill and not have to worry about getting up and going anywhere specific each day. But after 45 days of pretty much doing nothing, I’ve found myself going numb. It’s hard to keep walking forward into an unknown future, without any direction other than the assurance that I know the One who knows my future.
I’ve been spending way too much time on social media of late, and really, not reading much of anything. I sit and scroll through posts on Facebook and Twitter without fully engaging, and attempt to read the blogs that are in my reader, but I’m emotionally tired to the point that It’s hard to keep up. I am overwhelmed and it’s easier not to engage. My readership has dropped significantly over the last month and that’s okay. I’m not out to have a popular blog. I strive to be real and authentic, and right now, it’s just hard to form words to write and to consume words to read. I apologize if I’ve not visited your blog or interacted with you on Facebook. I’m trying hard to find balance in this season. All I really want to do is curl up on the couch with movies and chocolate.
As the holidays are nearing, one thing I don’t want to do is lose sight of Jesus. I want to make good use of this down time and purpose to lean into the call to be present in the moment
[Tweet “Sometimes a forced slow down is what is necessary to cause you to run into the arms of Jesus.”]
During the month of December, I am going to be very intentional with my time so that I do not miss out on the blessing of the season. Beginning December 1st, I will be reading through Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift and intentionally celebrating Advent and the coming of Jesus. I want to fully embrace the season and unwrap all that Jesus is. I would like to invite you to join me. If you don’t already have the book, you can purchase it in hard copy or for Kindle on Amazon. Lifeway Christian Stores will have it on sale tomorrow and Saturday for $11.99, and if you live near a Lifeway store, you can get it on sale the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving for just $10.
Although I am not promising a set posting schedule for this book in December, I do hope to post each Monday my thoughts on some of the readings, but will be more active on my blog’s Facebook page, if you want to follow along there.
During the month of December I will continue to host featured writers and co-host The Weekend Brew with the beautiful Mary Geisen. Beyond that I am not sure if I will write at all. I am hoping to have better clarity and direction from the Lord as far as my writing and this blog come January.
Thank you all so much for your prayers, notes, Voxer messages, etc. I truly appreciate you!