I’m a wife, mother, friend, licensed clinical mental health counselor, podcaster, blogger, chauffeur, cook, gardener, and a hot mess, thankful for the grace of my Savior. I’m happily married to my best friend, Derek, and we have four boys. We’ve walked the journey of parenting through birth, foster care, and adoption. We, along with our dog, cat, and goldfish, live in the foothills of North Carolina.
This ministry is called Pause, Renew, Next, because soul-care requires all three elements: pausing to reflect, renewal of our minds and bodies, and putting our faith into action.
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.
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: to replace, to re-establish, to give fresh life or strength
Our culture is full of knowledge, but how often do we meditate on information and allow it to really permeate our thought-lives? 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. I hope that in each podcast episode and blog post you will be encouraged 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
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.