This ministry is titled Pause, Renew, Next, because true soul-care requires all three elements: pausing to reflect, Scriptural renewal, and putting our faith into action.

Pause:

What makes music profound and interesting to listen to?  The rests. They help us appreciate what has been played and anticipate what is coming.

The same is true in life.  A pause is what gives us time to reflect, meditate, and rest. Without pauses,  life becomes chaotic and overwhelming.

I hope the Pause section of this blog serves as an encouragement to pause in your day and set aside a few minutes to reflect and come away renewed and encouraged.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 NIV

Renew:

Renew: to replace, to re-establish, to give fresh life or strength

Our culture is full of information, tips, and self-help tools, but how often do we meditate on any of that information and allow it to really permeate our thought-lives? What if we took that knowledge and worked it down into the soil of our souls, allowing it to take root and grow?  What if we soaked it in, allowing our thoughts to realign and our perspectives to shift?  That doesn’t happen naturally.  It takes work and time.  In each blog post on this site, there is an exercise that will encourage you to dwell and meditate before moving on with your day.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:2 NIV

Next: 

The Dead Sea is stagnant because water flows in, but there is no exit route. Too much of a good thing with no outlet leads to lethargy.  So, although dwelling and meditating are excellent practices, without a way to work them out, no change may ever be seen. Knowledge without action remains purely thought rather than behavior.

The Next section of each blog post serves as a challenge to help take the information discussed from simply a thought or feeling to an action step.

In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  James 2:17 NIV

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

Pause, Renew, Next!

Ginny Detweiler, MA, LCMHC is a wife, mother, friend, licensed counselor, blogger, podcaster, chauffeur, cook, gardener, and a hot mess, thankful for the grace of her Savior.  Ginny is married to Derek and has four boys.  They have walked the journey of parenting through birth, foster care, and adoption. Derek, Ginny, their boys, dog, cat, and chickens live in Hickory, NC.