This year we have had to approach the summer holiday season in many differing ways as we ease out of Lockdown. Now that we are starting to return to some sort of normality, it’s good to make time to have an intentional break from routine. Holidays abroad to certain countries and staycations are what’s on offer.

It can be beneficial to draw a line in the sand on what’s been before moving on into the next season. The pandemic and resulting lockdown were such unknowns and consequently affected home, work, and family life. Suddenly we found ourselves foraging for toilet roll and pasta, being creative cooks in the kitchen, balancing home schooling with copious amounts of laundry, refereeing family tensions, and to top it all, having a spouse doing church online from a room in our hard to keep tidy house! For some readers it was also a heightened time of anxiety if they or people known to them contracted Covid 19.

As well as a general malaise from being out of routine, many of us can attest to a weariness that we may not realise is because we are actually emotionally drained. All the fear, worry ,stress, upheaval, and interruptions to family and church life may have left us feeling exhausted and in desperate need of some R&R. Some of our husbands/wives who are pastors or in Christian leadership, have been so busy and under pressure in lockdown that they too are heading for burnout. As couples and as a family unit, now is the time to re-charge our batteries before the next season of increasing busyness catches us out.

When we are at rest and at peace we are able to tune our ears to hear God more clearly. I love the well known quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson “Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God”. In and from that place, we can stand on the promises of God and His word for our renewing and refreshing – from the inside out!

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” ( 1Peter 5:7 NIV)

“And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” ( Philippians 4:7 NKJV)

“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

Wherever you are, and whatever a holiday break looks like for you, God bless you and your family having fun, laughing, resting, and making new memories this summer season.

Donna MacNeil

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