October 30, 2014

DAY THIRTY ONE - LEAVE (A Five Minute Friday post)

Our LAST Friday together in October... and our last (official) day of #Write31Days!  If you have stuck with me all month long, thank you!  The "Landing Page" for this series is linked at the bottom if you are just joining in... better late than never, ya'll!

So - as is the practice around here on a Friday (ahem... or Thursday night!)... I will be once again attempting a Mash Up of sorts: Taking the One Word Prompt for Five Minute Fridays, and mixing it to fit my 31 Days of Resting in Him series... 

one. last. time.

Without further ado... Our Word Prompt is: LEAVE

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We made it... 31 days of writing about (and hopefully entering in to a bit of) Rest! It seems a bit contradictory really... like an oxymoron to write about Rest for 31 days straight. To be honest, I didn't really want to do it! But God is gracious and much of what poured out is what He poured in to me over the past several months. 

You know, when it felt like nothing was happening and He was being oh so quiet... when it felt lonely and hard and just a little bit foggy...


And yet, it turns out... much like in Autumn... there was something happening underneath, in the hidden parts and while it felt like death - there is a bit of glory in dying... 

He was teaching me all along about Rest and how He gives it to us, if only we'd just reach out open handed and receive it! He was showing me how Rest and Not Doing Stuff is not the same... how doing the first will refresh, but doing the latter will drain.  

He was letting me know that even as our season of hands-on, under-my-roof, tuck-you-in-at-bedtime parenting was winding down... through the fog - there was Rest and something New beyond the mist... something Next around the bend.  

There was hope, after all. 

I suspected it to be true.  I never really lost sight of it, but sometimes in the thick of silence, it can be hard to hold on to. We know it's there... but it feels a lot like it's leaving.  Like its' leaves that are slowly letting go and drifting to the ground... like it once held life and promise but now? Now the glory is lying around our feet and hope, it turns out, is somewhere deeper... somewhere unseen.

He taught me that in order to rest, we must stay present... we must lean in to Him, let go of all of our bossy lists and good intentions. We must breathe in deep... "inhale grace, exhale worry... inhale peace, exhale doubt... inhale faith, exhale fear... just breathe!"

We must learn to leave some things behind in order to move forward... to press onward... but in all of our leaving, He is singing over us... lovingly whispering:

"In all your leaving,
Leave Room for Me!"


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This is it, my people.  The final day in October and the final post in a series... except that you know how I am and ya'll know I will be back on last time next week to wrap this thing up! I will take a few days to re-read what I wrote and process my experience here. Besides, you know how I hate to say goodbye!





Five Minute Fridays gives us the chance to dive right in and share what He puts on our hearts! Click here to read what others have to say about "LEAVE"


Oh ...the fine print: if you don't know what FMF is!  Five Minute Fridays have been hosted by Lisa Jo Baker.  This week we start gathering over at Kate Motaung's.  FMF is open to anyone, so to learn more about it - and to jump in yourself (the more the merrier!) or just to find a linky to see what everyone is writing about today - click HERE!  The idea is to simply write... for Five Minutes flat... no editing, no deep thinking - or at least REthinking, no spell check - just write! Let it flow! We all write using a prompt that Lisa posts at 10pm Thursday night (EST.)  I'm loving the community of amazing bloggers and the creativity that flows from these magical Five Minutes!

Today is October 31st and we made it, ya'll!  I will be writing one more post in this series to wrap it all up... but grace please! It will be, as I said, next week, because after all this writing and posting this blogger needs a break, friends!

Today is Day Thirty One of 31 Days of Resting in Him! If you missed the kick-off and official 'Home page' for this series, you can go HERE and catch up! You will find links for each days' postings, added day by day. If you prefer, I invite you to enter your email address to the right (Subscribe Here) and subscribe to the blog. That way, once a week, each post will be delivered to your inbox and you'll be sure not to miss a thing!



DAY THIRTY - Where Do You Find Rest...


Where do you escape to that causes your shoulders to relax, your muscles to unclench, and the corners of your mouth to slightly turn upward with you being unaware?

For me... it's at the oceans' edge.  




October 29, 2014

DAY TWENTY NINE - What Feeds Your Soul?


What does this have to do with Resting, you ask? 

Everything.



It has everything to do with Resting. Or, at least it has everything to do with the whole subtitle part of this series!  When you know what feeds your soul, it's more 'easier' and less 'harder' than you think it is to enter in to His Rest!

October 28, 2014

DAY TWENTY EIGHT - When To Say Yes (and When To Say No!)

I know, right? Wouldn't that be great?

I mean, a blog post that just has all the answers?  If only someone could tell us when to say yes and when to say no, then we would be #NailingIt in life, ALL the TIME, right?

I wish it was that easy... or I was that good. But it's not, and I am not... but He is and that is where this gets exciting!



October 27, 2014

DAY TWENTY SEVEN - Resources on Rest


We are nearing the end of our month together and I have loved having you come along as we unpack what Resting in Him is and how it's a promise, waiting for us to grab hold of it... how it really is easier and harder than we think, because while it won't just happen - it CAN.  



We must be intentional about it. But once we begin to make it a priority and give ourselves permission to stop all of our Doing and simply BE... well, it gets easier and easier!

So - I didn't want to wrap this up and leave you all on your own.  There are so many great resources available on Rest that I thought I would simply give you a list to get you started! This is by no means a complete list, but it will give you plenty of ways to dig in deeper!

October 25, 2014

DAY TWENTY FIVE - Sabbath Rest: No One Knows You Better...

Welcome to our last Saturday together this month! 

I hope that you have followed along and have found a bit of Sabbath Rest in your weekends. 



That Thing I Do Now - Vol 67

Hey ya'll!  How are you doing? I pray your week was great, but that your weekend ahead is even better, because - of course!  You know the drill here... I read all sorts of amazing things all week long online and then I hook you up with A Gathering of Awesome, just in case you missed it!


Hello Fall & #iphoneonlyphotography                    
taken on a Family walk down by the river...    

Featured today are posts by Lisa Jo Baker, Deb Wolf, Kelli Woodford, John Pavlovitz, and the #Write31Days blogger who is somewhat new to me: (only not techinically... but she's not been featured here until now!) Erin Salmon... and - of course - a video! (Oh yes... and the Winner of the #WordsMatter Giveaway announced, too!)

Happy Reading! 

(Ya'll know to click on the authors' names to read their whole posts, yes?)

October 23, 2014

DAY TWENTY FOUR - DARE (A Five Minute Friday post)


It's Friday (or Thursday evening, technically!) and that means another installment of Five Minute Friday!  Surely you know that this is our routine here! Every week, there is a Gathering of Awesome... a Flashmob of Kindred, if you will, where we come together and all free write, for five minutes flat, with One Single Word as our prompt!  It is to be done with little to no editing or rethinking... just see the word, and tap out our hearts... (Easy Peasy, right?)  It proves to be a bit more challenging when pairing it up during October for the #Write31Days challenge - but, once again, I am up for it!  

Here is our Word Prompt: DARE

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We just spent a few days digging in to some of the 'easier' and the 'harder' ways to enter in to His Rest. It is by no means a complete list.  I ended yesterdays' post like this:
I think if we pay attention to these "Easy" and "Hard" ways and put them into action, we'll soon become a people of Rest... a people who can offer Rest to those around us, out of the overflow of the abundant life that He pours over and into us!
It's not about what we DO...
but about Whose we ARE!

A friend asked me the other day what "Rest" meant to me and can I tell you, my definition has changed as this month has unfolded? 

TWENTY THREE - "Harder Ways" Part 3

I promise this is the last post on the 'Harder than you think" ways to enter in to Resting in Him!  We covered other ways in Part 1, and Part 2, and today we will wrap up with 2 more ways that are Hard, but if we will be intentional about them - Rest will not elude us!



Let's dive right in!

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