Today I have the privilege of guest posting over at Stephanie Page’s blog. I am sharing about my journey of unexpected simplicity. I hope that you will head over and read.
This has been a hard month for myself, as well as my family. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that my husband is struggling with unemployment, which has been ongoing for the better part of the last three years. I’ve tried to remain strong — holding it together, keeping the faith, looking toward the future with hope, and resting in His promises. But with the holidays right around the corner (literally), I’ve been struggling to find joy in the midst of it all. I share in my guest post of how this season of unexpected simplicity is causing me to lean in closer to God, to hug my family tighter and to allow myself to be filled with the wonders of His love. Yet still, I struggle with the things that are beyond my control. I struggle with not being able to do all that I want to do for my family. I struggle with God’s plan for our lives. But even in the struggle, I know that God is good and that His ways are perfect.
Over the last few weeks as I’ve strived to write, to express my heart and bring you hope and encouragement, I’ve heard God whisper to my heart to step away. I’ve never taken a blog break before, and I’ve been fighting this one. But I know that much of the sadness that I am feeling at times over my situation is because God is calling me closer. I have so many unmet needs in the physical that only through focusing my attention on Him will those needs be met. He is asking me to step away and pour myself into Him, into my family and into myself (not in a self-absorbed way). I’ve not been sleeping well and I am allowing stress and at times worry to cause physical issues in my body.
I need rest. I need to be still. I need to refocus.
So for the next couple of weeks, I will be stepping away from writing here, as I fix my eyes on Jesus, love on my family and gain physical, emotional and spiritual strength for my continued journey. I cannot do this in my own strength and lately I feel as if I am striving, not just here but in all aspects of my life.
Thank you, my sweet friends, for your constant encouragement in my life. I am praying that you have a blessed Christmas filled with the love, joy and peace of the Lord.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
I’ll see you next year!