Mar 10, 2013

Prayer Request (and a bit of a sabbatical...)

Welcome to Prayer Request Sunday-
Hope you stopped by to say, "Hi,"
 but also to drop off the things weighing on your heart,
 so we can lift them up to the Lord together.  
I love that about blogging, being tied to the heart, though we've never met face to face most of us.

 I'd love to pray for you this week.

and on to other business...

I am going to take a sabbatical from blogging for a while.  Now I am not sure if a while means a week or much longer than that.  I just feel that I need to be refreshed and stepping away will hopefully be the trick that works the wonders that I am hoping for.  

I really have felt the Holy Spirit nudging me to take 'a break of silence.'  

At first I thought, how can I do that, I am surrounded by people pretty much 24/7.  I thought maybe a week in isolation might be what God was calling me to, but as I don't see how that could be possible with the responsibility I carry here ...then I thought, well maybe I could stay and just be silent (which I guess God might ask of me still). I am not sure how that would work, with our homeschooling, and the kids need for me to help throughout our school day.  So, I pushed that thought aside too.  Then I thought, well maybe 
 a day...
but so far it hasn't gone beyond thinking.

However, the more that I think, the more I think I need to push away from the table of this blog.  I don't think He is asking me to stop, but maybe in the quiet I will know for sure.  I know nothing is forever, but I know that if somehow I even touch one heart, then it is all worth it.

Have any of you taken a retreat in silence?

  I'd love to hear about it.  

I could use some refreshing. Do you feel this way too?  

God has been in a season of some heavy duty closet cleaning in my life.  He has been removing things left and right, family, friends, more friends, even animals.  My heart is somewhat in denial, but I can see that He is clearing out, hopefully preparing me for an exciting new season that is coming.  Loss hurts.  It is easy to slip into the "why me's" and into depression.  I have been fighting it, trying to find the bright side to each new disappearance and what it could mean for the future.  

Can't say I am getting a lot of answers, but the clearing away seems to be pretty dramatic. I've never had a season like this before, boom, boom, loss after another, piling up like wreckage at a terrible accident scene.  It really has left me spinning and not sure that I am equipped to go on in the journey.  Perhaps a rest stop, "pit stop" to get fixed up and emerge better equipped for the race God is calling me to. 

Please ...KNOW....
Know that I am thinking about you.  
Know that I am so glad that God brought our lives together. 
 I hope He blesses you mightily as you seek His face.  

I covet your prayers! 

Psalm 46:10

"Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 

and I leave you with this from Parker Palmer~

 The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, self-sufficient.  It knows how to survive in hard places.  But it is also shy.  Just like a wild animal, it seeks safety in the dense underbrush.  If we want to see a wild animal, we know that the last thing we should do is go crashing through the woods yelling for it to come out.  But if we will walk quietly into the woods, sit patiently by the base of the tree, and fade into our surroundings, the wild animal we seek might put in an appearance.



mom said...

At least you announce your blogging breaks.....mine has just kind of unintentionally happened as I've become very sporadic. Hmm, a season of difficulty and loss here, too. So, it's not a bad thing to step back and focus on what He's saying through it all.

Love you, girl!

Tammy ~@~

Karen said...

Will miss your blogs! But totally understand. :-)

Rhonda said...

Will pray for you, Kimmie. You will certainly be missed!

Bird's Words said...

i have taken a weekend of quiet and solitude.. no talking, no tv, just listening to the voice of my Abba. beautiful! I have a friend who does a silent retreat at a nearby monk convent yearly, and she LOVES the time.
I'm praying for you in this time of silence and stillness. Much love!

Prayer Request said...

Kimmie, it's our privilege to join you in prayer for the requests posted here, as well as for you while on blogging sabbatical.

Cathy said...

You are in my prayers and often on my heart.

Cathy S

Covnitkepr1 said...

A break from blogging never hurt anyone.
I write a blog which I have entitled “Accordingtothebook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it. I’m your follower.

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