I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the theme of this summer, for me, is “abiding.” Abiding in God, abiding in the things I’ve accomplished thus far, abiding in rest, abiding in relationships, and abiding in hope for whatever is to come next in my journey. As I allow my mind and heart remain still in this season, here is what I’m learning …
- Health, wellness, and ultimately wholeness, are fostered through intentional times of rest. Taking time-outs to nap, unwind, and do nothing are key to contentment, peace, and overall well-being in every area of life.
- In order to produce good fruit, one must prune. Cutting away the dead and broken branches, whatever they may be, in our lives allows for God to grow something beautiful, fresh, and new in their place. It isn’t an easy thing to do, but what’s in store for us as we do so is far better than we can imagine.
- Time spent with the very best of girlfriends is not only a great time, but absolutely vital to my health. Laughing until I cry, having the freedom to be completely transparent, and finding common threads with other strong, confident and bold women makes life so rich and meaningful. Nurturing these relationships is essential.
- The next phase of my journey (career-wise) will be found at the intersection of my education / skills and my passions / dreams. A change is coming in regards to what I do full-time. God is changing my heart when it comes to ‘work’ and I’m learning to trust Him for the plans He has for me even though I don’t know what’s to come or when it will come. But I do know it’s going to happen and I am to remain open to where He is leading.
- I need to give more of my energy to the things that make me feel alive and that set my heart free. Worship. Writing. Photography. Enjoying nature. Exercising. Hosting and entertaining family and friends at our home and up north abode. Getting lost in creative projects. Decorating. Baking. Reading. More of these things are in order for me.
- It is God’s grace, goodness, and strength at work in me that empowers and enables me to live my best life now, today and every day.
I am grateful for this season of intentional rest and stillness. Abiding in Him this summer is probably the best thing I could have done for myself. I am blessed by what He is speaking to me, even the hard things, and look forward to what He will produce as I continually sink and soak in His marvelous grace. I know that remaining in the vine of His unfailing love is where real life is found.
What seems to be the theme of your summer? What things are you learning in this season? What things make you come alive and set your heart free?
Let’s commit to learning, growing, and reaping a harvest of rest and goodness in this season, friends!