This week I’m pausing. Send me your new questions for next week!

In quietness and rest is your strength. Isaiah 30:15

Instead of answering a question this week I thought I’d like you know what I’m doing.

There is a little word that appears at the end of certain psalms – “selah”. The exact meaning is not known but it is often interpreted to mean “pause”. The psalms were often set to music so perhaps it was a notation to the choir master. But I think it can provide an important clue for us today as well. So often in our hectic lifestyles we do not take moments of pause. For many reasons we scurry from one activity to the next, hardly stopping to catch our breath or go to the bathroom let alone give ourselves permission to take an official pause. But this week I’m taking an intentional week to recharge and refresh my body, spirit, and soul.

I’m about 2 hours outside Houston Texas, at a place called Roundtop Retreat Center. Carol Lewis, founder and president of First Place for Health sponsors a special week for writers and speakers to take time to pause. There is no television, internet or computer access. But we have lots of quiet time and our all meals are nutritious and cooked for us (best part). Daily we can walk, bike, and attend exercise sessions. We’re coached in wellness and nutrition and have time to connect with other women to pray, cry, laugh or sit and do absolutely nothing. We share morning devotions and evening heart-to-heart talks where we encourage, support and love one another.

I share this with you because as women we don’t often take time out just for ourselves or to be together with other women. We feel too selfish or too guilty or tell ourselves that we’re just too busy to stop. We believe that if we don’t keep all our plates spinning the world we run will collapse. But that’s not true. Jesus often withdrew by himself to pray, to refresh his spirit, and to gain more strength. He also hung out at the home of friends, particularly Mary, Martha and Lazarus where he didn’t have to worry about being “on” but could just relax.

So yesterday I made my husband a big pot of chili and a pan of lasagna to eat during the week. I packed my bags, loaded my kindle with three new novels, tucked in my journal and bible and carefully selected some spiritual reading I’ve been waiting to dig into. I’m here, the sun is shining, the temperatures rising and I’m looking forward to see what God will do. If you think of me pray that I press more deeply into God and experience to the fullest what he has for me.

Leave a Comment





Ask Your Question

Have a blog question you'd like to submit?

Read More

Am I Wrong for Not Wanting Reconciliation?

Morning friend,  I had a wonderful time in Istanbul and Greece on my cruise. It was two years of waiting, but worth it. I especially enjoyed seeing Ephesus and Mars Hill, where the apostle Paul was, and visiting the place he preached in Acts 16. It’s hard to get back on track, especially with the…

Read More...

Am I In An Abusive Marriage?

Morning friends, I am heading back home to Sun City West for the fall and winter. Although I love the cooler weather in Pinetop during the hot months, I miss my friends and other amenities (like my office) at home. I’m ready to go back.   I do have a very heavy travel schedule beginning the…

Read More...

I’m Angry and I Overeat! Please Help

Morning friends, I am heading down to Nashville next week for the American Association Of Christian Counselors Conference. I would deeply appreciate your prayers. I will be speaking next Wednesday afternoon for three hours on Counseling Strategies for the Emotionally Destructive Marriage. Thursday morning, Chris Moles and I are presenting a workshop to about 400…

Read More...