Christmas lights twinkle at me still. The hustle and hurry of Christmas is past.
I’ve given myself permission to ponder in the New Year. That means, these two weeks later, our (very) artificial tree is still standing. (I lost that battle last year.)
It’s a little late some might say. The year is in full swing and everyone has moved on.
It would have been easy, I know. A snowdrift of goal-setting blog posts and emails had settled into my inbox by Christmas time.
I could have sifted through the pile, picked a few and rushed down the lists. I thought about it. I could have.
But I didn’t. Funny how you don’t realize how fast you’re really going until you come to a complete stop.
That takes time.
Perhaps like me, you’re determined to pause and not rush. Maybe you’re still dialing things down…and scaling back what you can.
Instead of ornaments, you’re boxing up the majority of your post-Christmas expectations and setting them on a shelf. (After all, they’ll keep.)
And instead of tearing into 2016 at the speed of life, you’re still pulling hard on the breaks.
If that’s you—welcome. I have something for you.
A friend dropped by Facebook at Christmas and left me a gift. I’m enjoying it so well I’m passing it along. I’ve included the links in this post…but these words are my real gift to you:
Give yourself permission to ponder this New Year. Resist the rush. Allow your insides to come to a slow, full stop. And meet God there.
Go, here, to download your own copy of 7 Questions to Ponder the Past & Prepare for the Future. You can also read these words from my friend, Jeanne.
Ponder the path at your feet; then all your ways will be sure. – Proverbs 4:26 ESV
A Gentle Guide for 7 Questions
Day 1 – Start with inviting the Holy Spirit in. Ask Him to speak. Read the questions and then set them aside. Continue in your quiet time as usual.
Day 2 – Start with inviting the Holy Spirit in. Ask Him to speak. Retrieve the list and read the questions, again. Sit quietly for 3-4 min. and just listen. Jot down any thoughts or ideas you have during this time. Continue in your quiet time as usual.
Day 3 – Repeat… Increase the time you spend listening in proportion to number of things you write down. The process, for me, often looks something like this: listen…write…wait and listen a bit more. Continue in your quiet time afterwards.
Continue for as long as you need. (Here, it’s been almost two weeks…) When thoughts or ideas come in the middle of the day, write them down.
What could giving yourself permission to ponder look like for you?