When You Step Back Into Life After a Pause
Inside: We all need to step away sometimes in our life and pause! Refocus on what is important and resolidify what path we are on!
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I have been very inconsistent when it comes to this blog, I’m sorry!
When I started this blog in 2016, I was struggling with a few things: anxiety, sleep problems, feelings of overwhelm, and my hormones were out of whack!
God nudged me to write as a way to heal, so when my struggles got better, I stopped consistently blogging (and the craziness of the last few years in the world, made me not want to show up here!)
Since that time, I’ve returned a few times, but I felt like I couldn’t write from that place anymore because God was healing me. I also felt like my writing had changed, and I felt locked into how I wrote in the past!
God nudged me to pause!
My dream is for this blog to be about faith, parenting, marriage, and health. (I like to have a little humor in my life also!) The main topic will be on health, but the others will be sprinkled in!
I have debated about closing down the blog, but I think I just needed to pause and let life happen. (We’ve had a lot of changes here!)
Since that time though, many people have reached out to me to tell me that my posts have encouraged and inspired them.
For many, the posts about anxiety have been helpful!
It’s hard for someone to really get anxiety if you have never dealt with life-altering anxiety!
Others have enjoyed the posts about finding hope.
Another huge topic is how to get through the hard things of life.
All those topics have been played out in the last few years. Our world has been on fire in regard to being tipped upside down.
I do know that God is in control!
A New Focus on Health
Since that time, I have also healed in great ways and learned so much about myself and natural healing that I think I should share with you!
Health is so much more than feeling sick or not.
I believe that we have four areas that can be sick: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
The effect of sin can cause dis-ease in any of these areas which can manifest itself in people feeling unwell.
What I have seen also is culture’s ability to call something normal if it’s common, and it’s not normal for all the health problems plaguing us today.
For example, our fallen world can affect our physical body which can cause chronic problems.
The products on our grocery store shelves are full of chemicals that hurt humans and can cause, for example, reproductive problems. These problems can then cause a cascade of emotional, spiritual, and maybe even mental problems.
The truth is, God made our bodies interwoven with all these areas. One area affects all.
If you don’t believe that’s true, think of the physical manifestation of anxiety on the body (physical), and how that affects the emotional side. For example, perhaps, someone is scared to leave their home or drive.
Mentally the person can feel trapped and isolated from others which isn’t good. That eventually causes problems in the spiritual area because God created us to be social in the community!
We can’t rise above our struggles until we take intentional acts to keep all of these areas working well.
I believe learning more about health and how to care for our bodies is important, but how do we know unless we are told the truth about some of the products and/or things happening in our world?
Pause in the Bible
As I was writing this post, I kept coming back to the word found in Psalms: selah.
This is a Hebrew word that has been tricky to really figure out the meaning. Some say it means musical interlude, others say a pause.
It was a word, though, the Israelites would have recognized.
This selah is written 71 times throughout Psalms.
Psalms have always been a book of bearing the soul to me. David writes about his feelings: when they are despairing and when they are joyous.
David is a man in the Bible that mimics my own feelings.
I have moments where I feel like I’m on the mountaintop with God and anything is possible-To moments where I’m despairing and nothing good can come out of a situation.
I used to think something was wrong with me, but then I learned that this is life.
Fifty percent is good, and fifty percent is bad.
Could selah mean that we are to pause between these moments, take inventory of our faith, bolster it, and keep on?
The situation was bad, we process our feelings, turn to God in prayer, and trust during this pause and then move on knowing that this is life.
Selah is how we process life in a healthy way, taking whatever time we need to reconnect and reengage our faith!
Let’s see an example:
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”b]
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
Selah is the footnote at the end of verse 2.
David is overcome with fear of what is happening in his life. And then the pause.
He re-engages his faith and shifts perspective back to who God is to Him.
I think we were meant to pause when we go through hard times and joyous times in life.
Re-engage and re-affirm.
Coming Back After the Pause
As I transition back here after my Selah, I want to write about the issues we Christians are dealing with right now.
I’m here to share with you (and learn with you) how we can keep all these areas in tip-top shape!
We can’t show up to the abundant life God has for us when we are struggling in any of these areas.
Friend, if God is nudging you to take a pause, I highly recommend you do!
So much growth in all of these areas can happen when we step away from the noise of the world.
I hope you remain here and continue to be a part of this blog as I return from my pause!
But I will restore you to health
and heal your wounds,’
declares the Lord,
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