Have you ever grown a zucchini plant? Or had a neighbor who grew a zucchini plant?
If so, then you know that zucchini plants are productive little buggers, and gardeners are often searching for ways to dole out the abundance.
Well, I planted NINE zucchini plants in my garden last year.
I’m not sure what possessed me to do this….because I was literally swimming in zucchini.
I’m the lady who showed up at church on Sunday with a box of zucchini to share.
I’m the lady who begged my friends to take enough to share with their neighbors.
I’m the lady who drove around with zucchini in my car, just in case I ran into someone who needed more zucchini in their life.
Memories of all that zucchini has me pondering the Biblical concept of abundance.
Luke 6:45 says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.“
Out of the good treasure of the heart – he brings forth good.
Out of the abundance of the heart – his mouth speaks.
Every summer, I choose to set aside time to fill up my spiritual storehouses.
Because I must minister from a place of abundance.
I’d never have an abundance of zucchini in my life if I didn’t first take the time to plant the seeds.
In the same way, I’ll never have a fruitful ministry if I don’t take time to plant the seeds of God’s Word in my own heart.
Hard Work Always Precedes the Harvest
God promised us in 2 Corinthians 9:1-11, ” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.“
God is the source of our abundance!
God supplies everything that we need to live generously and abundantly – but we must take the time to sow the seeds and nurture the seedlings.
As I’ve been considering what lies around the bend for my life and ministry, I’ve realized the painful truth that I cannot do this on my own.
Apart from God, my storehouses would be empty.
If I am able to encourage you, it is because He first encouraged me.
If I am able to teach you, it is because He first taught me.
If I am able to pray for you, it is because He first prayed for me.
So the next time you read my words, remember everything beautiful I have to offer you is because of who Jesus Christ is in my life.
Why A Summer Blogging Break?
Every summer I choose to take a blogging break.
I step away from my routine to pour my energy into connecting with my family, nurturing my garden, and nourishing my soul.
It takes me, on average, 10-15 hours to write, edit, format, curate, and promote one blog post.
And I do this every week of the year on top of writing Bible studies, managing my social media platforms, keeping up with all the e-mails, and working on my book projects.
During the school year, I dedicate 30-40 hours each week to tackling these tasks.
And I love it!
But it is impossible for me to maintain this schedule during the summer months when my children are on break from school.
Something’s gotta give.
My primary ministry is writing books/Bible studies and speaking at women’s retreats and events.
And blogging, although I love it, is just a small part of the bigger picture.
This summer’s blogging break will span 8-weeks and I am looking forward to using the time to fill up my spiritual storehouses and work on my larger writing projects.
Although I won’t be publishing blog posts, I will continue to write my weekly SOULfood Saturday e-mails.
I am also working on my next free online Bible study, and I hope to announce it when I return to blogging at the beginning of September.
But I will slow down this summer.
Because I need to fill my storehouses so I have an abundance to share with you this fall!
4 Ways to Keep in Touch During my Blogging Break
1. The best way to keep in touch with me is to subscribe to my e-mail list.
E-mail subscribers receive two things from me:
- An e-mail notification every time a blog post is published.
- My exclusive SOULfood Saturday e-mails.
If you enjoy reading my blog posts, you’ll love reading my SOULfood Saturday e-mails.
They are shorter and more personal than my blog posts.
And I will continue sending them throughout my summer blogging break.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- The Other Side of Repentance
- Do You Know the Difference Between Wisdom and Knowledge?
- Is Your Faith Waterproof?
2. The next best way to keep in touch is on Instagram.
If you haven’t noticed, I’m sort of obsessed with Instagram right now.
I’ve been sharing lots of videos and spur of the moment encouragement through their newly released Inst-Stories feature (only available on mobile).
Can I be so bold to say, if you aren’t on Instagram yet and you love my blog, then you should join Instagram just to follow me.
I know….totally obnoxious.
But so very true.
I share an uplifting photo, quote graphic, or sneak peek inside my real life every single day and I’d love to share them all with you.
And I do my best to reply to every comment (and since I’m always on Insta, it’s a great place to connect with me).
3. I’m also active on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Although I will be scaling back a bit this summer, I will remain active on all my social media platforms.
I use each platform differently, so I thought it might be nice to let you know what you can expect from me.
Facebook is where I share thought-provoking articles from trusted Christian sources. I also share my own writing, inspirational quotes, and the occasional personal photo. I post on my Facebook page 1-3 times per day.
In order to guarantee you’ll see my posts, all you have to do is turn on notifications or ask Facebook to see my posts at the top of your feed. Otherwise, chances are you will only see my content 1-2 times per week. If you interact with my content (like, comment, share) Facebook will show you more of it (and I will be eternally grateful).
I try to pin every single day. I focus my pinning on my 5 favorite topics:
- Prayer Tips
- Bible Study Tips
- Spiritual Growth Tips
- Christian Living Tips
- Inspirational Quotes
If you follow me on Pinterest, you will have a steady stream of powerful and encouraging pins in your feed. I also share my most popular content, so it’s a great place to get caught up if you are a newer follower.
It took me foooorevvvverrrrrr to get on twitter. But I’m so glad I did. I share a minimum of 4 times each day on Twitter, and most of my tweets are my favorite excerpts from my articles and my blogging friends new posts.
Twitter is where you will meet all the people I love to read and follow (because I try to tweet quotes from every great blog post I read). Most of the people I follow are Christian writers or bloggers, so I encourage you to go through my follow list and find some new friends.
4. Summer is a great time to go through my Free Psalm 119 Study.
The powerful promises of Psalm 119 teach us how to commune with God in the good times and the bad, revealing the critical role God’s word is to play in our day-to-day lives.
Throughout the 23-day study, you will receive daily e-mails including a brief scripture reading and devotional along with shareable quote graphics.
I know how busy life can be, so I’ve kept each lesson short and sweet (5-10 minutes per day).
Register today and don’t forget to invite your friends to join us as we Unlock the Promises of Psalm 119 together.
You will receive a welcome letter once you have confirmed your subscription and your first devotional will arrive in your inbox within 24-hours!
A Few Final Thoughts
I am praying you find rest in this season, too!
I am trusting you will find a way to stay connected.
I am hoping to return with fresh insight this fall.
I am believing God will lead us both to a place of abundance.
I am excited to see you right back here in a few months.
What strategies do you employ to replenish your spiritual storehouses? I’d love to hear your personal thoughts about the connection between rest and abundance. Let’s chat about it in the comments.
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