My time of sabbatical was full of rich blessings. It took quite awhile to set up the guest blogs (A note to those who would like to incorporate guest writings) but once I navigated the formatting issues it all got done. I enjoyed getting glimpses into the lives of these wonderful friends as they shared their hearts.
So, a bit about my time apart...
Fasting from Facebook was a huge goal during this time. Though I admit I did peek a little, other than announcing the blogs each week on social media, I tried very hard not to linger. This is something I want to continue. Time is so precious and once it's spent, there is no getting it back. So, one thing I learned is that,
I want to be more intentional.
Stewardship of my day is important.
I also enjoyed my home. I cooked and baked - both of which I really enjoy. I took walks, spent time with my husband, went to visit my family, and even took a couple of days to getaway alone. All of these things filled my empty cup. If you have never planned a getaway, I highly recommend it.
A few nuggets gathered during my time alone: The words that repeated in my journal time were
Mark 3:16 says, "He appointed (chose) the twelve."
He chose me too
Interesting, that Ephesians 1:5 says that God 'chose us from the foundation....by the kind intention of His will.'
Being intentional involves making choices
As my hubby and I rode bikes to Watch Hill, RI and saw all the 'McMansions'...
He is preparing a place for me - a mansion in glory
As I sat by the ocean early one morning with a cup of tea, a tractor was grading the sand - wiping away yesterday's flaws.
His mercy is new every morning
You are here
I'm listening to the surroundings
Will you touch my soul with the burning coal of your presence
Light the fire of your love alive in me
Quicken my heart to beat with yours
Have you taken time to be alone with God lately? What have you heard through your surroundings?
A getaway may be just the thing to help encourage intentional living.
Photos by Jeanne Doyon 2013
Suggestions for intentional living and drawing near to God: