Thursday, December 13, 2012

To the blogger, during Christmas

So many of us have this itch to pour out.

Sometimes it's more than an itch. For me, when God puts something on my heart about which to write, it burns a hole there until I do. I'm uncomfortable inside until I can share what I've learned.

I know that is a prompting from the Holy Spirit, and I'm familiar enough with that feeling to yield accordingly.

But during Christmas, we are pouring out in so many other ways. Heart ways, cooking ways, decorating ways...don't you think it's at least triple the work we normally do for the days leading up to Christmas?

So to put it simply, this post is a reminder to take in.

I cannot keep pouring out without stopping to take in. And by that, I mean sitting with His Word, listening for His voice, and asking what His agenda is for me today.

Instead of writing a different post, I'm going to do that right now. Because I've been pouring out. A lot.

I need to sit on my couch, clear some room in my noisy head, and feed my soul with whatever He has planned for me. Whatever He knows I truly need.

Rest, friends.

Just as I cannot drive my car from California to New York without refueling a dozen times, we cannot make it through December without taking in the meat of God's Word and the peace of His presence. Our stores of energy and joy are not limitless.

This morning, take some time and sit a spell with that baby in your nativity scene.

He's a lot bigger in real life.

Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word,
so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
I Peter 2:2

{linking up with Amanda today}


  1. Oh yes. For sure. Thanks for continually speaking truth. I so love you and your truth writing.

  2. You have no idea how I needed this today, right at this moment. There has been lots of pouring out since September, and I am ready to pop with it all. But yet, I struggle with actually stopping so I can be refilled. I feel like I'm being selfish or a cry baby, or something. But I can't give what I don't have. And if takes a long time of pouring back in to replenish that's okay, I need to sit more and be obedient. Thank you my friend, for sharing this today.

  3. This is the nicest gift I may receive all year. Thank you.

  4. Grabbing my bible instead of the TV remote tonight, thank you for this sweet reminder.

  5. This is such an amazing reminder. Yes, yes, yes!


  6. YES - thanks for that reminder. I've found a really great, short advent devotional that gives me daily direction toward That Babe. First time I've done an advent devotional for myself, although the kids have always had one. :0)


    *** Am I allowed to leave the link for the devotional? Maybe it would be useful to someone else, too.
    Good News of Great Joy, John Piper

  7. Amen!!! Thank you for posting this. You are spot on!

  8. Needed that reminder. To just ask him what his agenda is for me and not make so many assumptions

  9. this has so been on my heart lately too. so so good. thanks for following His lead and sharing this. I may share your post on my own blog soon. love you!!!

  10. I'm so thankful I took time (and was encouraged by my family!) to relax this holiday season!

    You are always such an encourager, Leslie.