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Time To Rest


Is the Holy Spirit telling you its time to rest? Don't ignore that guidance. You don't have to do everything. Take time to refresh and renew yourself.


First, a quick, heart-felt “Thank you” to those of you who faithfully read, comment on and share what I write here at Joy In My Kitchen. I’m honored that you let me speak and humbled that God has used my words to encourage or inspire you.

Now let me say the following words are not the ones I had anticipated sharing this week! Yet I believe they are the right ones.


The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Sunday night, as I was cleaning up the kitchen and thinking about how to wrap up the thoughts I expected to share, I kept getting the impression (not sure what else to call it) that I should take August off. Not completely off from everything or even all things blogging. Off from publishing a post each week.

I believe it was the Holy Spirit telling me it’s time to rest. Reminding me to “cease striving” (Psalm 46:10). He is God. God is in control. I don’t have to stay on top of everything. I can let something go. August “in my kitchen” holds a crazy combination of travelling and visiting, organizing and prepping for the coming school year. Something has to give!


So, you won’t be hearing my voice in this space over the next couple weeks. But there’s still be good stuff coming from a few gracious friends who’ve agreed to write for you. I’m looking forward to what they have to share. Hope you will too.


Meanwhile, I’ll be working diligently . . . “What do you mean?” I hear you say, “That doesn’t sound like rest”? To rest does not always mean to stop working. It can and sometimes should. It can also mean to refresh oneself or to recover strength. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to rest by working calmly rather than feverishly! The goal is to serve my family and you, my readers, well. I’ll get some things wrapped up, some things organized and some things prepared ahead. That way I won’t always be working against the clock. I want to master my schedule rather than let it master me.


Do you think it strange that I would write about the Holy Spirit speaking (replace with the word ‘guiding’ if ‘speaking’ makes you nervous!) two weeks in a row? Don’t be. I’m encouraged that I’m paying attention to the quiet voice that could easily be drowned out by life’s chaos! Since I heard it, I’m not going to ignore it!


Do not quench the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:19

My plan is to be posting my own content again in September.

Until then,

Is there anything YOU need to rest from?
Do you need to become master of your schedule?
Are you letting the Spirit guide your decisions?


Are you a new reader here?

Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to getting to know you and serving you well also. Be sure to sign up for email updates (over in the sidebar to the right) so you won’t miss any of the good stuff to come.


Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Jude 1:24-25


  1. Abi you are always a blessing and a Godly example. Enjoy your August. 🙂

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