It’s been 21 days. Yes, 21 days since new year resolutions were declared, words of the year chosen, and goals set to be achieved. I didn’t do any of these this year, 

 . . . instead I chose to take a pause and seek the Lord. 

You may already do this every year and if so you are way ahead of me, but I finally made it a point to actually take a break in January instead of pushing full speed ahead after a busy holiday season.

It’s funny to me that while in the midst of a busy fall and hectic Thanksgiving and Christmas I always look forward to January. The thought of slowing down and catching my breath stays before me. However once the ball drops and the calendar turns to a new year I look up and it’s February. January becomes a blur.

But not this year. I am taking each day and being intentional about my pause. What am I doing differently this year? I’m glad you asked.

  • I am using the word sabbatical, which is a rest or break from work (and a crazy life in my case.)
  • I’m taking the 31 days of the month and reading through the book of Proverbs. The 31 chapters work great—a chapter a day.
  • I’m reading . . . not a book but four! Yes four! And while I read I have my pen in hand to underline and my notebook close by to write down my thoughts.
  • I’m cleaning out my home office instead of working, planning, or dreaming when it comes to my writing/speaking ministry. My head is down organizing. But of course I’m always thinking so if I get an idea, I write it down, put it aside and keep on cleaning and organizing.
  • I’m taking a break from social media. (Ok, so I do jump on every once in while and especially when Clemson University won the National Championship. Go Tigers!)
  • I’m watching the calendar and thinking about each day that goes by. I don’t want this month to be another blurr when I move into February.
  • I’m spending more quality time with my family. That’s always fun to do.
  • And most important of all, I’m spending time seeking the Lord. How? By reading the Bible,  praying—which includes talking and then taking time to listen—as well as taking notice of things that are going on around me. 

The date on your calendar is the same date on mine. How is your January going? It’s not too late to hit the pause button and catch your breath before you slide into another month. God is waiting to spend time with you and not only give you rest, a time to reflect and help you recharge, but to give you guidance and direction as you move into a new year.

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established,” (Prov. 16:3 ESV).

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Scripture from the English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV)