It's the Sabbath and I'm thinking about how to find refreshment in the Lord, and in all areas of my life. I'm surfing through blogs I like to read because that's so refreshing, right?? Not really. Reading blogs can be helpful, but oftentimes, looking at blogs and social media can make me envious, exhausted, and feeling badly about who God has made me in Christ. Not exactly the best recipe for a restful Sunday!
I was also reflecting that though I enjoyed writing most days in October for the 31 day series on praising God, it sometimes felt forced. Not coming out of who I really am. Doing something like this should not be an obligation, but a source of joy and refreshment. So with the holidays coming up, I'm going to take a break from blogging. I want to focus on serving my husband, friends, family and church, and also taking care of myself. I want to encourage you to take the pressure off of yourself in areas where you are doing something you don't need to be doing. Who are you trying to impress? Who am I trying to impress?
"Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave. Know this—I am most emphatic here, friends—this great Message I delivered to you is not mere human optimism. I didn’t receive it through the traditions, and I wasn’t taught it in some school. I got it straight from God, received the Message directly from Jesus Christ." Galatians 1: 10-12 (MSG)
I'm not sure when I'll be signing back on, but whoever you are out there, find comfort in the grace offered by Christ to you. "For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast." --Ephesians 2:8-9
This holiday season, let's all find ways to accept the GIFT of GRACE from God. Not only for our salvation, but in every area of our lives.