Faith, Giving Thanks, Growth

When You need To Take A Break

July 2, 2012

Hi. I’ve missed this space. I’ve missed you.

I hesitated pulling back last month. Thrity days in the blogging world is like a hundred years because the internet never sleeps.

I worried I’d have nothing to say–(for those of you who know me, you’re likely chuckling at the rediculousness of this statement)

I worried you’d quit reading here.

I worried I’d become irrelevant.

I worried I’d lose ground.

I worried. 

And then I did it anyway.

I needed the break. I needed the margin, as some have been calling it lately.


The bottom line is, if I am disobedient to Christ when He’s calling me to himself, I am a fool, and will watch my life crumble for failing to yeild to the Father.

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: 
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, 
in quietness and trust is your strength– Isaiah 30:15 

I thought my journey started during Lent, but God revealed to me, through an old notebook, that the prayers I’ve been watching Him answer, were in fact not recent at all.

Forgotten by me–but not by Him.

The truth is, the wild ride of redemption I’ve been on the last few months, began a long time ago, I just took a few detours and stopped paying attention.

But I’m back. I have lots to tell you. I hope you’re back too.

When’s the last time God called you to take a break? How was that for you?


Counting on Beyond my 1000 Gifts~

2011. Notes of encouragement sent at *just* the right time, when God knew I’d need them

2012. Quiet times of worship, of study, of learning who God is.

2013. Time with my babies.

2014. Water gund and balloons

2015. Simple dinners, lazy days

2016. The forced slow down that comes from injury, learning to be still

2017. Vacation just around the bend

2018. Great talks with kindred spirits

2019. Instagram. Is it wrong to love an app this much?

2020. My well worn bible, how the ancient texts still apply, how the word breathes new life.

2021. Forgiveness, long overdue.

Joining the community of friends and Ann in giving thanks for all things. Won’t you join in the praise?

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  • Reply Mike McArthur July 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Great to be reading your words again Kris, nobody can replace you and your way of writing. You write about real life and faith in God who is truth – how could that be irrelevant? (Though I know what it is like to be anxious over these very things too!)

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks, Mike. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement, always.

  • Reply Barbie July 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Welcome back Kris! I just know you will have even more to impart due to your obedience in stepping back. You could never be irrelevant. Enjoy this beautiful day!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks, Barbie. It’s good to be back 😉

  • Reply TereasaM July 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Welcome back!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      *waving* hi Tereasa! 😉

  • Reply AshlieWrites July 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Welcome back friend…and just so you know, you’re pretty irreplaceable! 🙂 thank you for your example of obedience, yielding, and grace.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Ashlie, sweet friend, I have been thinking of you and praying for you!! Xxoo you are so encouraging- I love your heart, sister.

  • Reply Photographing Mom July 2, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Welcome back! 🙂 Enjoyed your list!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you, bless you!

  • Reply Erika Dawson July 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Welcome back! I’ve missed your voice.

    The Lord heavily impressed that verse from Isaiah on my heart a few years ago, and it is one I have come back to time and time again. A friend and I were just talking about it the other day. Yet, i still have such a hard time resting. I think this is a journey I will always be on. Resting, yielding, trusting.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Erika, I also have award time resting. I read that verse early into my break and it really hit me hard. I am truly very terrible at pulling back and sitting still, but God continues to show me just how necessary it is. Learning it along side you, my friend. Kiss that new baby for me, what a beautiful gift!! ((hugs))

  • Reply Kim B. July 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I used to feel really bad saying no & ended up always being overwhelmed with multiple responsibilites. My friend finally told me that I needed to look at it as by me saying no, I’m giving someone else the opportunity to say yes 🙂 Every now & then I will take a year off from volunteering & call it my year of Jubilee. Then when my year’s up, I’m ready to get back into volunteering again! Nice to have you back Kris!!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks for chiming in, Kim. We all need the break sometimes, there is a time for everything. Yes? 😉 year of jubilee, I love that!

  • Reply Jessica @ Muthering Heights July 3, 2012 at 8:04 am

    You’re so right…you can’t go wrong listening to God! 🙂

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Indeed. Why I ever imagine otherwise is pure testimony of the foolishness of me! I am always blessed when I snuggle in closer to Him and away from the noise of the world. 😉 always a joy to see you here , Jessica 😉

  • Reply Jana | July 3, 2012 at 10:58 am

    My dear friend, you know how much I love you and how much I loved spending our month together in Isaiah! I’m so glad you’re back, so thankful for your words and heart for Him. XOXO

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Oh my stars what grace it has been to burrow into the words of Isaiah with you. God has revealed truth after truth and I am still sorting it all out. It’s amazing. Thank you for coming along side me in this journey. I continue to be SO grateful to have bumped into you and found a little home in your heart. Love you always, geirlfriend (hee hee)

  • Reply Sheri July 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Missed you and the gentle grace you display~ welcome back.

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Sheri, thank you my friend. What a blessing your words are to me today!

  • Reply Christine- Fruit in Season July 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I’ve missed you and your writing here! But I have been blessed to see you face to face, my friend. Love you!!

    • Reply alwaysalleluia July 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Yes! I am SO Thankful our friendship extends beyond the reaches of this screen and into the kitchens and family rooms where our children play and we can sit and chat. I love you!! You are such a treasured kindred soul.

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