Monday, July 11, 2011

Nourishment & Soli Deo Gloria Link-up Party

Welcome to Soli Deo Gloria, whether it's your first time here or your 25th.  Basically, we are a community of women that seek to encourage, support, love each other with our words.  It's a fun party and I love hosting you here each week.  If you would like more information about this community, please click here.  Just a note:  Please don't feel that you have to visit every single person that links up.  We are all on a time budget.  That being said, I do invite you to pray and ask God which blogs to visit simply because there may be words for you left in that place or words that God has given you to share to those specific people.  Also, if you would like to be on the email list for reminders and the occasional prayer request, please let me know if the comments.  Blessings to everyone!
Last week, knee deep in writing a Blissfully Domestic article and two talks for my speaker evaluation group for She Speaks, I started to break down. I literally felt that I was at the end of myself.  Everything was poured out and nothing was coming back in to replenish and refuel me.  So, what's a girl to do?

She writes a poem.  

God used the words that I wrote to bring me to a whole other level of awareness of what it means to rest.  I realized that this emptiness that I've been feeling is simply malnourishment.  You see, I've nourished other parts of me --

I run to keep my body fit.
I eat healthy foods (for the most part).
I read my Bible every day.
I pray.
I surround myself with encouraging people.

I could add a plethora of things to the list, but perhaps, at times, that is the problem.  The list goes on and on, which means what doesn't happen?

Rest.

I looked up the definition and this one grabbed a hold of me:

relief or freedomespecially from anything that wearies, troubles, or 
disturbs.


Does anyone out there need some relief?  Some freedom from what wearies or troubles?
Today, my husband took the kids to a free movie at one of the local theaters so that I might have some quiet in which to work on my two talks.  Normally, as soon as the door closes, I'm off to work.  But today, that word nourishment kept lingering in my brain.  I laid on the couch and just asked God:

What does it feel like to be nourished by you, where there is no effort or pouring out on my part, where I can find freedom and feel Your presence in my midst?


And so I just laid there.  And I listened to what He said.  And this is going to sound wild, but I felt refilled after fifteen or so minutes of just being prostrate on the couch.  Craziness!  


It took stopping.  It took being quiet.  It took time away from work.  But what is work if there is no rest?


Lifelessness.


The truth is that nothing is more important than being filled with God by God. Without that, we are running on fumes.


I'm going to focus on nourishment this week and I'm also privileged to be spending time with some family that I rarely get to see.  It breaks my heart, but I'm going to take a little vacation from visiting y'all so that I can seek Him out for more nourishment.  Y'all have a good time encouraging each other at the SDG linky party and I will FOR SURE see you next week!


Oh, and one last thing before you go encourage each other:  If you are interested in writing a guest post about how you receive nourishment from God, would you please drop me a note in the comments?  I want to start a new series about this soon.  Much love and many blessings...


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30 comments :

  1. Yep, I think God really does intend us to enjoy His rest--having built it into the pattern of creation. I would love to do a guest post, if you'll have me! Enjoy your time with your family--and get some rest! Blessings.

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  2. Oh my goodness...I have missed you...and this!!! Thanks for this post and the reminder to get back into the swing of things...

    Will link up tomorrow...cuz yes, my friend, I am back :)

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  3. I honestly feel a little refreshed just reading this. Thank you! :)

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  4. I am so sorry you are feeling the stress of all this. It is always good to be hit with our need for God though. I recently took everything off my schedule for a couple weeks and feel so much better. (I was at my end.)
    And...I'd be glad to guest post

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  5. Enjoy your much deserved time off! You nourish us, that is for sure.

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  6. girl, I know what you are talking about. Sometimes even when I'm resting as in sitting looking at blogs, watching a movie with the kids, I feel rest in the kitchen cooking, or running with a message on my ipod going thru my ears! This is all relaxing to me, but sometimes we just need to sit without noise so that He may speak! Sometimes I have to get to a point where I have to fast so that I will get my mind clear so that He can have my full and undivided attention. He tries, if we would just STOP! Good for you in finding that moment, I'm sure Jesus was glad too!

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  7. As always, Jen, your candid way of speaking reaches to the heart of the matter in just seconds!

    Lifelessness... to be filled with God by God - powerful words Jen...absolutely powerful!

    Maria

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  8. Such wisdom! Take a break, breathe, be refreshed by GOD.

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  9. Hey Jen! Can you please delete the link I just put on your there where my face is not showing? Sorry, I don't know how to get it off! Thanks! Sorry technical difficulties!

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  10. Hope you haved time for a nice long nap.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  11. Rest; so glad you are resting. I remember someone telling me one time that "sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is sleep." And so there are times where I will just be still, listen to praise music, and slowly fall asleep for a great nap.

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  12. Glad you're taking the time with the family...and with Him.
    Appreciated your comment on my (related) post...I feel like I'm (re)learning the same thing this week...

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  13. two things come to mind...funny that i'm writing about food the same week you write about nourishment. and, this post reminds me of the original homework assignment i gave you, which you were much more faithful at carrying out than me (i'm still trying!) - and, it bore fruit! you go girl!

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  14. I meant to say that I would be honored to write a guest post; scared, but completely honored.

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  15. Hi Jen - I know that I desperately need rest and everytime I want to take the time to do just that, another thing seems more important to get done. But I am going to do just as you did, and wait on the Lord. I believe that when we take the time to do that, He will refresh and it won't take long. He knows what all needs to get done. the thing is to Trust Him with the time.
    God bless
    still praying for you
    Tracy

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  16. I've been relearning this lesson this week too, Jen. I don't know why, but periodically I have to be reminded. I'm glad you got some sweet time to bask in His love. As you grow your ministry it will be even more important than ever to find the rhythm that both grows and nurtures. Have a lovely day!

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  17. Rest is so important, Jen. And, I struggle with it too. We fill our time with "restful" things an call it rest. But, it's not the same as being quiet and still before our Lord. Thanks for the reminder. Can't wait to meet you at SheSpeaks!

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  18. Go. Nourish. Rest. I know the feeling of running on fumes and it is not a good place to be!

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  19. Nourishment...we all need that. I read yesterday to turn hydrangea blooms upside down and immerse them in water until the bubbles stopped and they will be hydrated. Reminds me of the living water I immerse myself in.

    Blessings,
    Pamela

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  20. Of course, I wrote a similar post. Do we share a brain or something? Ha! I feel like that happens a lot when I visit your blog! :)
    I am glad you are finding time to rest. You know God rested too. ;)

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  21. I will focus on nourishment this week. Thank you. I would also consider writing about it as a guest post sometime. :)

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  22. Also preparing for She Speaks, I, too, am feeling a little malnourished. And God has been spekaing the exact same thing to me. So guess what I did today? Yep...slept late and rested, took a break from writing to fill up. :)

    I would love to write a guest post for you.

    Enjoy your break...

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  23. I totally believe 15 minutes can be enough to feel refreshed and revitalized! I've read of 15 min. power naps.
    This is a good reminder for me...to take that rest, I so often want to "do"... Enjoy your rest and nourishment and visiting family.

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  24. REST and LOVE the two best four letter words I know. You know what is weird, the Holy Spirit calls me all the time to use the dictionary:) It made me smile when He lead you there too. I guess He has to spell it our for us sometimes, He is so faithful!

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  25. Just like I long for moments with my children, where they are quiet and still and cuddling in to me...
    I've gotta remember, my Abba longs for that place of restful fellowship with me. With me! And what fuel I will find, for the life He calls me to, if I will just stop and cuddle in close to Him.

    Thanks for the poignant reminder, Jen!

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  26. Girl!! I can SO relate ... I feel like I write that a lot when I'm commenting here! :) I was just thinking (and struggling and wrestling with God) about how I have such a hard time JUST being. Just resting. I always feel like I need to be doing! While so many can just sit and rest after the dishes are put away, the laundry's done, and the house is clean (I know, I know...those things are never DONE!), I always feel like I need to be reading a book, writing something, organizing a closet, calling a friend...even when I watch TV, I feel like I need to be purposeful about it: working through a series (even the mindless, junky kind...at least I'm "completing" something, I rationalize!). Ay, yi, yi! I guess it takes a huge storm and days without power (still praying it comes on soon!) to force me to let go! :)

    So thankful you are getting some time away. Stay unplugged. As hard as it is to stay away sometimes, it's the BEST breath of fresh air you can get. Soak in all the joy and love and little moments while you are with your family. Praying you come back refreshed and full!
    Erika
    (and if you'd have me, I'd be honored and humbled to write about rest here in this space)

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  27. Your linky is closed--but I wanted to comment. I totally understand how you are feeling. It is a spiritual battle. And, honestly, each post, each encouraging comment that we make--puts us in the path where the enemy wants to attack and bring us down.
    This morning I was reminded of that myself. I would be honored to guest post for you, if you ever need it. I have never done it before, but I love following you, so I am open to it :)

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  28. I have been struggling against the yoke of rest lately, Jen. It's obvious in every area of my life, too. I am very convicted by this post.

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  29. The call to rest is important--easily ignored, for a while, but only at our peril. Thank you for the reminder!

    I'm not quite sure how I found your blog, but I am glad that I did. My blog is called Imparting Grace (the name is taken from Ephesians 4:29). I write a bit about home, family, hospitality, decorating, parenting, marriage, faith. I am a member of the Board of Renovare', a ministry dedicated to Christian spiritual formation, so spiritual nourishment is the something about which I am most passionate.

    Right now I'm particularly thinking about the way that God feeds us in so many ways, through so many everyday graces. In fact, I'm starting a new weekly linky party called "Grace Imparted"--I'm hoping that it will encourage people at the everyday gifts they're given as grace imparted to them.

    Sorry to post such a long comment, but it's lovely to meet you! Every blessing to you.

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  30. Ok, first of all, just have to say your link-up is rocking out -- look at all the participants. Go God! Go girl!

    And as for guest posting about nourishment...I'd love to sometime!

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