Do you need a break today?

I don’t often take breaks from my blog because I fear I’ll lose what few readers I have. I’m trying to learn to let go of a lot of things and counting the numbers is one of them. It’s hard, because what other measure do we have of if we’re good enough at our craft?

I thought the week away, in the mountains surrounded by a different view of creation, I thought our family hike, time spent laughing with friends, hearing good teachers, I thought all of that would fill me with words to share. That’s how it’s been before. My mind racing to get the words down on paper.

This year was different. I’ve got nothing. While our time felt full and easy, the words aren’t bubbling up inside. It was a week to soak in rather than pour out.

It was a time to grab my camera and walk around the outside of the old stone chapel taking pictures of the flowers in bloom while listening to the preacher’s voice coming through the open stained glass windows. Not once did I crowd in on the wooden benches, getting distracted watching others sing or the band playing. Instead, my mind listened while my fingers snapped the shutter again and again. A voice carried over the stone floor and walls through open windows in the early mornings when the mist hangs on the lake just beyond.

I put the camera down and got in the raft to go ride the white waters of the Nantahala with our group of men in recovery. The water intentionally splashed on us by the other rafts in our group felt like buckets of ice water dropping in our laps. We screamed and paddled faster and screamed some more. I let my hair stay a crazy mess when 40+ came to dinner at our house that night.

We ate the best blackberry pie and mumbled words we barely knew to whatever the guitar player strummed after dinner. And I soaked it in. The smiles, the community, the hugs…all of it seemed intended to fill rather than share.

 

 

I know, I’m sharing it now but just glimpses of what I think God is trying to do right now. He’s trying to fill some spaces in me that have been shallow and dry. The reserves aren’t always there. 

Has that been you? Have you been in that place where you can only give from what sometimes feels forced? Where is it that our creator Father takes you for filling?

Giving is part of our Christian calling. Jesus showed us servant leadership when he fed the crowds and washed the feet of his followers. He told stories of caring for others and not ignoring those in need. He also spoke of taking a break, of getting away to the other side of the lake. He went to the hills or a garden to pray. Even the Son of God needed to be filled from his Father.

This verse has been with me from the start of this blog. It says so clearly what we need to hear and know.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 the Message

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What kind of break might you need? How is he filling your soul?

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More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.

10 thoughts on “Do you need a break today?

  1. sarahgirl3

    I get that way and need a break. The slowing down of the mind has to be intentional, doesn’t it? Love the stories of your adventure! 🙂

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I need to be more intentional about it Sarah. Yes, we had a great time!

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  2. Michele Morin

    When I get to the point where I start asking myself if I blog because I want to write about my life or if I have a life because I want to blog about it, I know it’s time to take a break. Yours looked delightful!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      Haha, that’s a great question to ask oneself, Michele. It definitely keeps things in perspective. We’re privileged to be able to attend an annual bible conference and combine work and play as well as see old friends and family. And all in the lovely setting of the North Carolina mountains. It’s also not a bad time to get out of South Florida 😉

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  3. Valerie Sisco at Grace with Silk

    Hi Debby,
    Oh I love this post! I am with you! This summer after 5 years of blogging I feel as if I have nothing to say and who cares anyway? 🙂 But I do love our blogging community and I used to say I’d blog even if no one read since that is how I feel God’s presence in my own kind of art-making. So I understand the lack of words, but honestly, if you just came here and posted a few photos, I’d still want to read. I’ve checked in and out of reading and writing this summer and maybe that is just the ebb and flow of writing and life, isn’t it? Sending love to you and appreciating you and your words! xoxo

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I think we’re learning to give ourselves the grace we give each other, Valerie. Some are trying to build a platform with aspirations of writing books and some of us are not. I think we’re in that last group. We enjoy writing and community building and learning from each other. I love seeing your photos too. Glad we’re in this together. xx

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  4. Lesley

    So true, we need times just to step back and be filled up rather than feeling the pressure to put it into words or to share. I loved the little glimpses of your trip. It sounds like a lot of fun and I hope it was refreshing for you too. Also a few of my blogging friends have taken extended breaks recently and it definitely wouldn’t stop me from reading. I just miss their words and look forward to when they’re ready to post again!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I think we need breaks from writing and reading sometimes, Lesley. It does make us appreciate both when we get back to it. We have to take care of ourselves in the process.

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  5. Annie Rim

    I’ve been sitting with your words all week…. It’s been uncomfortably busy (thus the lack of comment!) I took an intentional break in July, not realizing that August would be so difficult to find routine!! Unintentional breaks don’t feel nearly as rejuvenating… But – I was tired and worn out. Learning to live freely and lightly. Thank you for these words!

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    1. Debby Hudson

      I often have trouble with routine when travel comes close together (as it does these days). I was more successful at the free and light last week. I can only take it one trip at a time, Annie. 😉

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