It’s been a while since I actually sat down and wrote down some thoughts.  I guess I’ve really been taking my #lessHUSTLE post back in September to heart and really trying to slow down.  Plus, I was busy getting ready for a women’s retreat in October, so that took up a lot of brain cells, and time.
I’ve been wanting to write again, I enjoy it, it’s healing to my soul.  Like a balm on sunburned skin, writing soothes me.  Before I’ve just journaled, and that will probably always be my go-to form of writing.  But there is a different type of comfort I’m discovering in writing for others to see too.  Even if it’s just a little audience, it’s nice to have a place to share.  I’ve been wanting to write again, I just haven’t known what to write about.
And that’s when I realized, there was a reason for the silence.  Looking back at my journal, most of the verses God was giving me were about being quiet.  This was one of my favorites, and one that came up several times within the last few months…
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
Psalm 62:5-6
God has been having me rest.  And it’s been beautiful.  And He wants the same with you.
There is such comfort in those verses.  Such rest, such quiet…such strength.  It reminded me of #lessHUSTLE, and of all the noise we are faced with day to day.  The almost constant face-to-screen time we have all become accustom to.  Over these last few months, in the quietness of my blog, I have been trying to get less screen time with my phone, computer, iPad, and TV.  It’s challenging sometimes.  But it’s been restful.
And as we move into the hectic holiday season, I’m already trying to find ways to take the “hustle and bustle” out of Christmas.  That is not what I want it to be for me and my family.
Yesterday, I came across a post by Ann Voskamp about Christmas, which led me to this page with some great resources (some even free) about how to slow down and make Christmas a little more meaningful for your family.  It was right up my alley!  So I just had to share.
I’m looking forward to using some of the resources there, and begin to work in new traditions into our family this year.
What are you doing to slow down this season, to slow down and wait quietly on Him – on His rest, His peace, His comfort, His strength?

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