Some of my friends over at Soli Deo Gloria are blogging about their summer. Jen wanted to know whether we had enjoyed an especially refreshing vacation; or let go of something that we needed to release; or gained a sense of renewal (or maybe still need one.)
Me? I’d have to say “All of the above.”
In June I got bogged down and lost in the novel I’m writing (my first.) Maybe I’m not really cut out to be a writer, I thought. Maybe I should just go get a job sacking groceries. At least I would bag the cold and frozen things together, unlike many of the younger people whose work I often redo when I get to my car. But I digress.
Then I joined a six-week Beth Moore video/workbook Bible study. It deals with the opposition Christians face, not from other people but from the enemy of our souls. He wants to make sure Christians have as little credibility and influence as possible.
Oddly, the idea that satan himself might want to shut me up only renewed my determination to keep going. I gave myself a schedule of office hours in an effort to layer some structure onto my willy-nilly life. I have my ups and downs, but I am going to finish that draft.
In July, as I briefly mentioned in between complaining about my nail polish, I released my younger son to leave our home and form his own in marriage. Sappy as it may sound, I really did gain a daughter rather than “lose” ol’ Greg.
The theme for August turned out to be “Grand Central Station.” A stream of young adults–our own kids, extended family and friends–came and went, gathered, parted ways and re-grouped, with our house as home base. Brent and I had a wonderful time seeing them all. I especially enjoyed having a brood of “chicks” to cook for again, and getting to visit one-on-one with some that I don’t see very often.
As refreshing as it was to spend time with young people, I did find my meager attempts at a structured schedule sliding away. After the crowds left and the house grew quiet again, I found my introverted self ready for another kind of refreshment. I needed to spend some time with the Lord, just him and me, letting him refresh my sense of direction and purpose for the rest of the year.
And so, as near as I can figure, the rhythm continues: renew my sense of direction; release others to follow God’s calling–and release the hindrances in my own life; refresh myself with social down-time.
Repeat as needed.
How about you? Have you experienced significant renewal, release or refreshment during this summer just ended? Need one or more of these, but aren’t sure where to start? Share your thoughts in the comments, or we can talk it over via email.
Meanwhile, you might like to visit Jen and read her post about how the idea of “enough” can be a moving target. I am also linking up with Rachel Anne for the Company Girls Coffee blog party.
Thanks for reading!