You know the feeling: you’ve just finished a big race, or wrapped up a huge project, or celebrated a big event. All of the heart and energy and gusto you poured into said occasion was carrying you right through it. You gained momentum and rode the wave of adrenalin straight on to the end. It was exhilarating, exhausting, beautiful. And then it was over.
When we pour ourselves into something with everything we’ve got, it’s bound to impact our lives. But coasting on a spiritual or emotional high can only last so long. What happens when Monday morning rolls around and it’s back to a rhythm of normal, adrenalin-free days?
Today is a very Monday-ish Monday morning for me, as I adjust back to the cadence of routine after a beautiful time away at Allume this past weekend. Oh, to be able to translate all of the wisdom and spiritual encouragement from that space to this little space here!
In a nutshell, Allume is a women’s conference for writers/bloggers/artists “that offers a gathering place for kindred spirits to connect, learn, grow, and be refreshed so they can persevere in being a people who bring hope to the world through the social media medium.” Allume was all of these things, but this little summary doesn’t do it justice. Coming away from the conference, I’m doing my best to rest in a prayerful space, hopeful that the wisdom I gained through incredible speakers and God-fearing women will not fall on rocky soil.
I want to be good soil that God can use to reap a strong harvest.
After a race, we always need to recover. After giving birth, there is necessary time for processing and healing. When we come through any significant event in our lives, it’s important that we allow ourselves space to rest and reflect.
I feel like I’ve been training for a marathon, and that the gun has gone off and I’m out of the gate. Post-Allume, now I’m somewhere in the quieter stretch of miles…the necessary time alone on the path to pound pavement and let my mind wonder at my surroundings along the way.
This next season of days or weeks will hold much-needed processing time. As much as I want to just dive back into what I’ve been working on, or to see progress in leaps and bounds right. this. very. moment., it’s really not what God is calling me to do.
On Thursday night, Logan Wolfram ushered us into Allume with this important message: “If you want to change the world, you have to change your world first.”
How true it is! And how much I do want this! But I don’t want to change the world under my own power. I want to be a world-changer and story-teller the way that God ordains. In his timing, and with his guidance. The ultimate story of my life will be so much better that way.
Already God is moving where I invite him in. He is pressing me on all sides, and it is beautiful. As I process so much more from this past weekend and along this journey, I’ll keep sharing here. There’s so much more I want to tell you, but in the right timing.
This morning, I’m rocking my favorite new shirt and the reminder that I am FREE INDEED. I’m just going to live right here and soak that up for a little while. If you have found freedom in the presence of Christ in your life, will you celebrate this Monday declaration with me, too? You don’t have to wear the t-shirt to believe it (although I’ll admit it’s super comfy;)
I pray that the sun is shining on your part of the world today, and that you are able to find time to rest in God as you ask him to change your world.
enjoying recovery mode,
P.S. Stay tuned for more Allume recapping this week. It was just all too good to fit into one post!
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