Today is my first day back after being given time away by our church leadership. I was over a week into this time before I realized how worn down I had become. I want to thank everyone who encouraged me to take time to take care of myself and my family. I am happy to say, things are much better now than they were a month ago.
During the past 3 weeks, I have taken opportunity to walk, pray, relax, and “putter around”. One benefit to this time…I lost 10 pounds. I am also finding it easier to smile when I enter into conversations with people again. I am grateful to be serving a church that cares so much for me and my family to make sure that we take care of ourselves.
We are now entering into the busy season of fall. Schools have resumed, charge/church conferences will soon start, sports practices and games are filling the schedule and there is, for some, a much looked forward time to cooler temperatures and colorful leaves.
Each season that we enter into has its beauty and challenge. Remember to take time to enjoy the benefits of each season so that you have the strength and endurance to overcome the challenges. These few weeks away reminded me that Jesus would go to the mountain to pray, sometimes with friends and many other times alone. The practices that renew us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually are vital. Thank you all for giving me the time to renew.