A Fresh Summer’s Work (and Rest)

It’s that time again.  Last summer, I took a two month blogging sabbatical, and this summer I am sorely tempted to forge on through.  Partly because I love to write, partly because I fear loss of readership (oh, vanity, my constant companion!), but mostly because of you.  Every few days when I scroll through my emails, there will be one or two from readers.  Always, I can’t wait to see what you’ll say.  Sometimes you have an idea or an opportunity to offer, and sometimes you just want to share a little bit of your life.  With me.  Few things in this world make me feel more undeservedly blessed.  Somehow, amazingly, through the wonders of technology and the grace of God, He has allowed me to meet people all over the world.  And what’s more, to encourage them, share my broken story with them, and celebrate Christ’s mercy together.  That is my favorite part of blogging.  I thought it would be the writing, but it’s actually the impacting.  It’s you.  Being a small part of your life.

For this very reason, I’m reluctant to say farewell for the summer.  But if I were honest (which is always my first priority in writing), I would admit that my batteries need recharging.  My soul needs time to meditate on God’s Word for no purpose other than personal growth.  To soak it in without immediately thinking about how to spew it back out.  Not to mention, I welcome the chance to spend a little less time online and a little more time like this. P1060355
Besides quiet reflection and loud play, there’s one other item on my summer agenda.  It’s a project of sorts that’s been sitting on the back burner of my mind for months now.  This summer I want to explore it–maybe embrace it, maybe chuck it.  Either way, if God brings me to mind, I would greatly appreciate your prayers.

Here’s to hoping God grants us both a rejuvenating summer, filled with laughter, purpose, and the peaceful satisfaction of Christ.  See you in August!

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16 thoughts on “A Fresh Summer’s Work (and Rest)

  1. Robin Schmidt

    Don’t worry. When you come back, we’ll be ready to read and hear what you have to say. I think it wise to take time like that to recharge and listen for the sake of listening. Wonderfully worded, and may that encourage others of us to do the same. Blessings to you! Have fun!

    On Wed, May 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Loving My Lot

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  2. Cheryl C Lewis

    Enjoy your time off! I look forward to your ‘recharged blog’!

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  3. awenger63

    Jeanne , you seem to be wise beyond your years to me. Taking time to rest is always good for refreshing mind, body, and spirit. I think your special statement about the other purpose for this pause might be concerning writing of another sort. You peaked my curiosity so I am saying that. 🙂 I will look forward to your return to the blog at summer’s end.

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  4. VanesaK

    “My soul needs time to meditate on God’s Word for no purpose other than personal growth. To soak it in without immediately thinking about how to spew it back out.”
    Oh how I…a fellow faith-based blogger…needed to read those words today. I have been out of the game since the end of September because of carpel tunnel. I just had surgery on hand one May 30th…and hand two follows in July. I have been feeling guilty. Feeling as though I am letting people down. And in reality…I was soaking. I was growing. And I am regaining strength…both spiritually and physically. Ahhh…thank you! Soon…I will write without pain and I will be filled to overflowing. God has been preparing me…and I just now, today….realized it. THANK YOU! =)

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    1. jeanneharrison Post author

      So glad that this spoke to you! May the Lord continue to rejuvenate you & heal your hands. Can’t wait to check out your blog! Thanks for dropping this note.

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  5. Margaret Yost

    I do not remember when/where/why I stumbled across your blog, but I have been blessed by your writing ever since. I’m amazed at how often God arranges your posts to be exactly what I need in that moment. I have 5 kids (ages 26-16, 3 married) & have been married for 33 years. I know joys & heartaches, ups & downs. Your honesty about all of life is so encouraging. Thank you for your faithfulness to God’s calling.

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  6. Rebekah

    Jeanne,
    I’ve been reading your blog since last fall…and I want to say thank you! I know you are on a much needed rest right now, but what you have already offered us women is truly a feast. I started blogging several months ago, and now realize what goes into every post! ( I had no idea how vulnerable (or consuming) blogging can be!

    You have already taught me so much, and continue to. Yours was the first blog I ever started reading–and loving. You will never know how much you helped me as a new mom. The first time I read your post the “war among women” it was like new life was breathed into me. You gave me hope, and I was released from so many expectations as I laughed and cried and praised God as a result of it. Just know that your labor in the Lord has not been in vain.
    May God bless you,
    Rebekah

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    1. jeanneharrison Post author

      Rebekah, I am just beginning to gear back up, and this comment was waiting for me! It almost made me cry! I am touched beyond words. Thank you so much for the encouragment.

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  7. Kim

    I just read your blog today and have been so blessed. I read a lot in my pursuit of loving God and growing closer to him. Your blog is so genuine, I found myself saying out loud “she is writing about me”. I have been married to my best friend (who is a pastor which makes my being a pastor’s wife a whole different story in my journey through life) for 22 years. I have 4 children ages 5-17. One thing that sticks out to me is that there is always more to learn, more room to grow in the Lord, and to never give up in our marriage,parenting,and friendships even when we think we are failing. I will continue reading your posts and thank you for taking the time to write and encourage us all. Enjoy your summer with your family. I definitely will be here when you start blogging again.

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