Seasons Change

Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers- 

Happy Wednesday!  I’m so sorry, I know it’s been a while since we chatted.  I’ve been incredibly busy. Between my job, an increased workload and a lot of new responsibility, life has been slightly overwhelming.  I work for an agency that help people in need.  Did you know that around the holidays, evictions are at an all-time high?  Yep, crazy right?   I talk to people all day who are in crisis situations.  It’s so disheartening, yet it’s fulfilling when our agency is able to provide the help that they need. Friends, I’ve been leaning into grace more and more.  Anyways, today, I wanted to share my thoughts about how quickly seasons change.

Once upon a time, a couple of months ago actually, I was sitting with the Lord complaining about the inactivity of my life.  I remember carrying on about how I wished things would pick up.  As a born-bred city girl, I do not know how to rest. I am a bonafide go-getter who is always looking to what’s next:  the next project, the next adventure, the next creative idea.  I am fascinated with the next and I live future-oriented.  This can be good sometimes in that this mindset keeps me from being bogged down in my past.  However, this trait can be terrible because it causes me to miss out on all the beauty that lies within my present. During those few months, my life was still- I mean really still.  I would describe it as boring.  I complained and complained some more.   I was not satisfied with the sweet stillness of my present.  Ultimately, my season changed.  As soon as I became comfortable with stillness, activity returned back to my life and now I am busier than ever.  I mean EXTREMELY BUSY! I can’t remember the last time I took a nap.  My alarm goes off at 6 in the morning and I don’t see my bed again to about 11pm that evening.  I’m on the go.  Yet, it is now that I yearn for those sweet moments of rest.  Now, I appreciate stillness.

Friends, I think the moral of this share-fest is to find contentment in the here and now.  Enjoy rest, honor rest because rest lasts only a short while.  Honor activity, learn from your busy seasons because you’ll need the vibrancy in life to make you yearn for sweet stillness.  God being so balanced in everything he does, orchestrates our seasons to what we can handle.  He teaches us about ourselves and he reveals his goodness in the process.  Trust Him and find your way with Him. This go-getter appreciates a day off and has found peace in knowing that the work can wait.

May you find balance and come to appreciate each season in your life.

Xoxo,

Simone

P.S.  Since my life is a little hectic, please know that I love each of you.  I will respond to your emails, DMs, and other forms of communication as quickly as I can.  Bear with me and know that I’m praying for you all always.  Much love!

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The Aftermath of Creativity

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I don’t know about you all but sometimes I just erupt into this ball of creative energy.  It’s like everywhere I turn, my desire to create increases and my concentration upon the task at hand decreases.  It’s very rare that you meet someone who is full of creativity and logic at the same time.  I was talking to my brother about myself and I said, “You know bro, I’m full of contradictions- housing both boldness and insecurity. I’m a walking oxymoron.”  I think those who hold creative mindsets, ideas and etc are walking oxymorons- mixed with things that don’t make sense but just happen to work! 

But what about after I’ve hit the high of creation, well I quickly become super sleepy for a few days.  It’s like my body can only handle the creative process for 24 hours and then I am drained longing to recoup so that I can do it all over again.  I believe that is why the Father longs to teach me rest because even he at the height of his creative power- he created man and was so as I could imagine it drained of himself and decided to rest. He took that seventh day to rest! He placed everything he could into the creative process and then recouped to begin the process all of again. 

Wow, that’s encouraging! God placed all of himself into the creation of us that is was imperative that he rested. So what is the aftermath of creativity, I would argue that it is the necessity for rest!  Creativity fuels the necessity to rest and when we operate and create but don’t rest we burn ourselves out before we can relish in the work of our hands.  So, I encourage you all to create, accept the contradiction that you are and embrace the ability to rest- for God being love and judgment, fire and cloud, peace yet a man of war teaches us that contradictions are not only good but difference should be celebrated. Create yet rest! 

Until next time, 

Simone 

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Nuach

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Rest. Sweet Rest.  I don’t know about you all but I have a HUGE problem resting…  It’s actually one of my biggest flaws.  I’m so used to doing that I’ve forgotten the importance of being.  The word in the title of this piece is the Hebrew word for rest, “Nuach” which is a theme threaded all through out the love story of scripture.  In fact, rest was so important that even God himself took time out of his process of creation to rest.

 So… why is rest so hard????

Maybe…it’s because when we are at our total element of rest, we are forced to face our thoughts and the realities around us.  I don’t know about you all but I’ve been a person have always ran from my thoughts.  Instead of facing what I felt or what I perceived around me, I buried myself in doing so I can forget about what it meant to be.

If you talk to a workaholic, they’ll let you know that the real reason they choose to work all the time is rooted from them not wanting to face SOMETHING.  Whether that thing is lack– lack of love, lack of companionship, lack of community, lack of fulfillment.  Or awareness– awareness of whose really in their lives, awareness of the emptiness within their hearts or just a plain awareness of how their lives are versus how they desire life to be.  I think I was running from my fears… you know those pesky things that remind you what you can or cannot do.  Fears are one of those things that breed worry, anxiety and doubt.  As long as I was in school, WORKING/DOING, I didn’t have time to face my fears- I could camouflage them under “hard work,” “dedication,” “new diets” and etc.

Do you know what’s so dope about God?  He is not content with us running away from things, but he will position us in a place to face what we are running away from.  So much so that sometimes,  he will use periods of rest to cause us to think about what we have tried to bury for so long.  God uses rest to gain our attention, to equip us to change, to restore our souls and to cultivate us into who He has destined us to be- that is the purpose of rest.

So… have you found yourself in a season of stillness?  A time of having nothing to do? We usually get frustrated with our lives during these times but maybe just maybe, you’re in the position you’re in on purpose.  Maybe God has designed this season for rest so that you can finally face things, heal, be restored and move on.  One of my dear friends Amanda always say, “God is not looking for us to do, he just wants us to be.” It is with this understanding of the Lord that we can rest in Him.   Y’all, I’m walking this thing out with you all- facing what I’ve placed on the back burner of my mind and I’m learning to rest in Him.

Ladies and Gents, may you find your lives in a season of rest. God is not looking for you to do, but he is asking that you learn to be all that he has created for you to be.

Until next time,

Simone

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The Madness

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Life can be filled with what I like to call: the madness.  A tangled mess of distractions, chaos, frustration and just pure annoyance.  Well, how do we deal with this madness??? It’s not like we can pack our bags and head to Mars, yet..  Anyways, we have to learn how to tune all of the madness out and find rest again.  Rest.  Oh the sweet word that I seem to never get enough of, oh I wish my mind, body and soul knew a thing or two about rest.  Rest was so important that God instituted rest into the very act of creation.  Genesis 2:3 states, “And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.” So… rest was so important to God that He rested himself.  Rest is what we need, yet rest is what we lack the most. Rest is the cure for the madness! 

Ladies and gents, I think I may have solved a lot of our problems in the world by stating the obvious.  We need to rest.  Rest allows our bodies to heal faster, rest allows our minds to think sharper and rest allows our spirits to worship more freely.  Rest is the cure. Welp, that sounds very easy and grand but I find myself fighting to rest. For example, if  I lay down for a quick nap- that’s the time the friend in need calls.  Ot, as soon as I am entering into my quiet time with the Lord, I get a new social media notification that is vying for my attention instead.  Or, how about this one?  When I’m sick and I know I should go to bed early to heal, but I have so much to do, that I work through my sickness prolonging my recovery.  Rest or lack thereof.  Some of us, lay down to go to sleep and can’t because the cares of the world are weighing so heavy on our minds.  Sometimes, we go to sleep and wake up even more tired.  All of these things reveal a lack of rest, true rest.

The Hebrew word for rest is nuach which means to settle down, remain, be quiet, and to have rest.  This is the same type of rest described in Psalm 23 (see below for the entire song).  The rest and security of a sheep (us) lying in the presence of our shepherd (the Father). That is the desire of the Father, that we find true rest and security in Him.  He desires that we rest.  Though, finding rest may be hard sometimes- we find rest when we find Him.  Rest is in Him.  I encourage you all today, as you embark into the madness to rest.  Rest knowing that God has your back.  There is no need to worry, there is no need to fret- you can rest knowing that everything is going to be okay.  It is-trust me! There is something so freeing when we learn to rest, when we learn to let go of our cares and worries and relax knowing that all things are going to work for our good.  It is in these moments that we overcome the madness, that we conqueror against the cares of the world.  Let’s aim to rest in Him! 

 The Lord is my shepherd;
   I have all that I need.
 He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
     He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
 Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord

Until next time,

Simone

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The Search is Over

Have you ever searched for something for so long that by time you found what you was looking for, you forgot why you wanted that object in the first place?  I feel like I have been searching for love for so long that I forgot why I began my search in the first place.  it dawned on me last night that my search was over.  I was in mid-thought when it hit me like a pile of bricks that my search was over, the thing I wanted more than anything in the world was here and i could finally rest in it.  God was what I was searching for but I kept trying to find love in other things and people-just to come up short.  I found that as I placed my trust in Him and loved Him completely, He sent someone for me to share my love with.  That is how life works, things come when you are not expecting them to. 

Some of us have been on the same road, in the same tunnel for so long that when we approach the light on the other side, our eyes are blinded and we are stuck just standing in shock that we have made it to our destination.  That is how I felt last night. It was as if for the first time in my life, I was at such peace.  I did not know what was to come, but I was at such peace because of my trust in God.  His love filled me up and it made everything better.  My search is over, I’ve made it to my destination and now it’s time to rest in Him.

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