I've missed you. Your kind e-mails, prayers and comments have deeply touched me during my short blogging break.
To let you know your prayers are making a difference, I wrote you a postcard of what God has been saying to me.
Praying it will encourage your heart.
Photo used with permission via Flickr User: Fred Moore
On Saturday morning, I listened to a webcast by Lysa Terkeurst about her latest book, The Best Yes, which felt like a big hug from God.
It felt like God telling me my "best yes" was to take a week off from blogging and to make more time to listen to Him. I fought feeling guilty and indulgent.
I fought to hear God saying, "I accept you - just as you are - gifts and weaknesses, so you need to do the same." I believe, help my unbelief, God.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the webcast:
To pray each day to find my "best yes": "I want to see you today, God. I want to hear you today. Help me to pay attention."
"The more we do battle on our knees [in prayer], the less we battle in our flesh [with fleshly sins like pride]."
"Every decision will point your life in a particular direction."
But we don't need to feel overwhelmed about a decision, as Liz Curtis Higgs reminded us: we can ask the Holy Spirit for discernment.
We each have a different level of "full" so we don't judge what someone says "yes" or "no" to...For me, it was to not judge myself harshly because my plate gets "full" faster than another person's plate.
No comparing. No judging.
Grace for others. Grace for myself.
"Not every assignment is my assignment." (For us over-responsible types...)
"Overwhelmed schedule=underwhelmed soul."
"Don't confuse the command to love with the disease to please."
Every "yes" requires a "no."
Practical tip from Lysa on what to notice: If saying "yes" to something makes me feel dread, drama or see disappointment in my kids' eyes, then it may be a warning sign, telling me to say "no."
From a wise friend of mine: Try not to make any major decisions when you are "HALT" - which stands for "Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired."
Hope these little nuggets also encouraged you.