Many of you who follow my blog have expressed that you were praying for me this week. Thank you.
To honor your kindness, I’d like to share with you the 11 insights God gave me during Sabbatical. Some of them are, of course, repeats – those marching-around-Mount-Sinai-truths we all know. But when God repeats something, it’s important to listen.
Some are from my own readings and journalings – truths my soul needed to savor, a salve to cover spiritual wounds.
Here then are the insights from my Sabbatical week:
1.Even when I am feeling discouraged and wonder where I belong, God never abandons me. I belong to Him. Some of you may be thinking, Well, duh! But again – a truth worth repeating and a treasure for soul memory.
2.When I take a break, my clients and the rest of the world will not fall apart. In fact, I am quite certain the world needed a break from me.
3.Sabbath rest is absolutely necessary to restore the soul. Although I rest every Sunday, my soul needs some extended times with God. Having the freedom to spend hours in his presence was – well – heavenly.
4.God is bigger than the ordinary. We really do focus most of life on ourselves, don’t we? The bills, the paycheck, the job, the weather, the car problems. God’s agenda is so much bigger.
5.To honor my passions is one of the most vital things I must do. Passion is at the heart of who we are, and so often we hide from our passions because they remind us of dreams unfulfilled. Even a little time with our passions helps to restore the soul. This is why King David composed music and Jesus held children on his lap.
6.In helping others, I must also find a way to help myself. As a coach, I ask the powerful questions that point my clients toward their passions. I must also learn to ask myself the same challenging questions, then find a way to push me forward.
7.Asking grace for myself requires that I be willing to give it to others – often and liberally. Grace is the first step toward forgiveness and reconciliation. God requires that we share it.
8.God is eager to spend time with us. The loneliness of the soul is often a clue that the Spirit within seeks time without distractions. We owe the Divine One our undivided attention.
9.It’s a good thing I’m not a bettin’ woman. My brackets are completely destroyed.
10.Quote for the week from Anne Lamott, “I trust that when I wake up tomorrow morning, God will still like me.”
11.Tulips are always a happy idea.
So there you have them. Nothing earth-shattering, but insights that filled up half my journal while restoring my soul.
I wish for you a Sabbatical as well – a time to breathe in, to let your body truly rest and to rekindle love for your passions.
Peace be with you.
©2015 RJ Thesman – author of the Reverend G books – http://amzn.to/1rXlCyh