Why I take a Summer Blogging Break + 4 Simple Ways to Keep in Touch

Every summer I choose to take a blogging break. I step away from my routine to pour my energy into filling up my spiritual storehouses. Blogging is important, but it's just a small part of the bigger picture. Here's why I choose to take a summer break, and why you should consider it too! | Christian Blogger | Female Entrepreneur | Writing Tips | Women's Ministry | Summer Break | Mom Bloggers

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.

Every summer I choose to take a blogging break. I step away from my routine to pour my energy into filling up my spiritual storehouses. Blogging is important, but it's just a small part of the bigger picture. Here's why I choose to take a summer break, and why you should consider it too! | Christian Blogger | Female Entrepreneur | Writing Tips | Women's Ministry | Summer Break | Mom Bloggers

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.

Every summer I choose to take a blogging break. I step away from my routine to pour my energy into filling up my spiritual storehouses. Blogging is important, but it's just a small part of the bigger picture. Here's why I choose to take a summer break, and why you should consider it too! | Christian Blogger | Female Entrepreneur | Writing Tips | Women's Ministry | Summer Break | Mom Bloggers

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!

Every summer I choose to take a blogging break. I step away from my routine to pour my energy into filling up my spiritual storehouses. Blogging is important, but it's just a small part of the bigger picture. Here's why I choose to take a summer break, and why you should consider it too! | Christian Blogger | Female Entrepreneur | Writing Tips | Women's Ministry | Summer Break | Mom Bloggers

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.

{Click here to read my most recent one titled, “Why We All Need Seasons of Sabbath Rest }.

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:

 

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).

Every summer I choose to take a blogging break. I step away from my routine to pour my energy into filling up my spiritual storehouses. Blogging is important, but it's just a small part of the bigger picture. Here's why I choose to take a summer break, and why you should consider it too! | Christian Blogger | Female Entrepreneur | Writing Tips | Women's Ministry | Summer Break | Mom Bloggers

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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 

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).

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Pinterest

Every summer I choose to take a blogging break. I step away from my routine to pour my energy into filling up my spiritual storehouses. Blogging is important, but it's just a small part of the bigger picture. Here's why I choose to take a summer break, and why you should consider it too! | Christian Blogger | Female Entrepreneur | Writing Tips | Women's Ministry | Summer Break | Mom Bloggers

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.

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Twitter

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.

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Every summer I choose to take a blogging break. I step away from my routine to pour my energy into filling up my spiritual storehouses. Blogging is important, but it's just a small part of the bigger picture. Here's why I choose to take a summer break, and why you should consider it too! | Christian Blogger | Female Entrepreneur | Writing Tips | Women's Ministry | Summer Break | Mom Bloggers

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.

This article has been shared at my favorite Faith & Family Linkups.

 

Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

47 thoughts on “Why I take a Summer Blogging Break + 4 Simple Ways to Keep in Touch

  1. Thank you so much including the time you spend. I have been blogging for almost a year, so I feel like a newbie. It takes me forever to get a post out. It was great to hear how much time you spend. I also haven’t been able to figure out why I have no time for “life” I can’t seem to get done what I want in the time I have set aside. Now I know why it takes that long.

    I do need some time to rest. I also need to look again carefully at all that I am doing. You have given me a clear picture to do that.

    I will see you over on Instagram.

    I hope you rest is good. You deserve it. Your blog is beautiful and so encouraging. Thank you for your encouraging words on why we all need to rest.

    1. Happy to share the specifics. Blogging is a consuming activity to say the least. I know I take longer than most, but that’s just who I am.

      Thanks for your kind words, and your support. Happy to keep in touch through Insta in the upcoming months!

  2. Good For Your! Not near enough people recognize when they should slow down and change focus to refill their stores. Our love tanks start to run dry, our patience frazzles out, and our relationships get our leftovers. We tend to neglect ourselves even more in an effort to give the ones we love whatever we have left. Recharging is an important part of being able to give and share with a full heart. May the Lord bless you with some wonderful family time, alone time, and great ideas.

    1. So much truth in your words, Deanna. If we keep running, all we’ve got is leftovers. If we want to have longevity in our lives and ministries, we’ve got to recognize the importance of rest. Thanks for your kind words and support.

    1. I love how our Heavenly Father gave us an example of rest on the 7th day of Creation and how Jesus pulled away from the crowd to rest and pray. A divine example for us all to follow!

  3. Enjoy your break, Sarah. I’m glad to be a member of your list and I always enjoy your Facebook updates. Blessings to you! P.S. I love zucchini but stopped growing it because of the stupid squash bugs. But I still buy it from the farmer’s market, and grow other plants that aren’t as pest-attractive.

    1. I had a girlfriend who struggled with squash bugs bad a few years ago. They can be nasty little buggers. I have only ever had a few, but I’m sure they will get us one of these years. It always seems that each new year brings new garden problems along with new garden victories. Thanks for your support.

  4. Enjoy your break! My husband and I are trying to set aside Sunday as our mental health day…starting with a walk on the beach, then spending the afternoon on our back porch with a good book. He almost died four years ago, so we learned the hard way, that rest, both physical and mental is necessary.

    I’m new to the blogging world and it is HARD WORK! Writing, editing, photography, SEO, social media. It’s overwhelming, though as someone else posted earlier today, “remember why you started”. It’s what keeps me going.

    PS. As someone who is Type II diabetic and has given up pasta, my new go-to is zucchini noodles. I could use some of your zucchini. lol.

    1. Love the idea of a mental health day. I took a Sunday Sabbath rest this week and it was delicious. I disconnected and gave my permission to be unproductive. It was just what i needed. Blogging is hard work, there’s no way around it! As for the zucchini noodles, I’ve got to get a spiralizer because I’ve heard such good things about zucchini noodles!

  5. Sarah, Your post ministered to me in such a powerful way. I was so encouraged by your insight that we need to fill our storehouses so that we can bring forth more of the Lord to others.

    Although, I only have a blog that I write weekly for, and a blog Facebook page that I’m not very consistent in populating, my life is quite full in other areas of ministry such as caring for my precious, and as my husband would say, fearless, stuntwoman two year old granddaughter. On the days that I am not babysitting, I have a part-time job in a local school district. When I’m not involved in those aspects of my life, my evenings are spent working through a Bible Study in Colossians.

    Yet, lately I find myself saying, “something’s gotta give”. Basically, I work six days a week morning til 10 p.m. and only have Sunday afternoons to relax. I had toyed with the idea of not blogging for the summer and your post here has given me food for thought.

    I have already prayerfully made the decision to only blog one week in July as my husband and I have some outings planned and some traveling and a week long vacation. 🙂 But you have spurred me on to consider how I might refill my storehouse in a way that won’t seem part of everything else that I do, but more purposeful and meaningful.

    Thanks so much for the encouragement! I’ve followed you on Instagram. I look forward to your encouraging posts and getting to know you. 🙂

    1. I am so happy to know my article was timely for you. It sounds like your plate is quite full, praying for wisdom and courage to make the right decisions as you seek to slow down a bit. Happy to connect on Instagram.

  6. Love your post, your writing, your ministry. I totally understand why taking a break is necessary and thank you for being an example. The world says keep pushing, if you stop it will all fall apart. God says, “I want to lead you beside still waters.” “Be still and know I am God.” Thank you for not just preaching we need rest, prayer, connection, a Sabbath but being a living example.

  7. Sarah, somehow I missed that you are full-time as a speaker and writing Bible studies, book projects, plus the blogging and taking care of your family!! Wow! I always appreciate your writing and love for the Word here. So glad you’ll have a break to rest, sow seeds, and be refreshed.

    1. Bethany, it’s difficult to keep it all straight sometimes. Although I spend a great deal of my time blogging, the true aim is to publish books and speak. For me, it’s always important to keep those things in order and make sure I divide my time and energy accordingly! Thanks for your encouragement.

  8. Thank you so much for your honesty on why you take a break from blogging in the summer! I know that summer is a time of slowing down and resting but all the while, a time of getting closer to God and write down more dreams from Him for blogging and in other areas also!

    1. Transparency is so important, don’t you think, Lianna? I think it is easy to compare our “productivity” with others, all the while forgetting that each of us has unique talents and needs. I’m looking forward to the rest.

  9. This post is so smart, and so is your perspective on stopping to refuel. That can be hard for me, so I’m encouraged today by your heart and your words. Happy summer, Sarah. See you on IG!

    1. Thanks, Tiffany. It is difficult to stop spinning and just rest a while. I’ve been so encouraged by God’s example on the 7th day of creation. He chose to rest (not because he needed to) and enjoy the work he had done. I’m not very good at it either, but practice makes perfect, right?

  10. Sarah, Thank you so much for sharing your reasons why you rest. It is truly inspiring to see someone take the time – and admit to taking the time – to fill up on God’s abundance. Truly inspirational! Blessings from #faithnfriends

    1. I know how important it is for us all to rest, and I think we need to be just as transparent about our weakness and neediness as our passion and power. I am grateful the Lord has given me the desire and peace to step back and rest a while and hopeful to encourage others to do the same.

  11. Summer is, in most ways, just as busy for me. I homeschool my three children and though we do take a summer break, I find that they still need a lot from me. I guess it’s hard to really every take a break this way, but I have scaled back my blogging hours by just a few hours a week because I want the time to go running and to get into prayer and Bible reading more. Enjoy your summer break!

  12. Such a great post and truly valid reasons for taking a break. Filling up the fuel tank is so important!

    Enjoy your rest, your family, your garden. See you again in the fall!

    Stopped by from Faith & Friends Friday.

  13. That’s great that you take a break, especially since you love to minister to others.

    Oh my – yes, I can relate to the zucchini thing!! Haven’t planted it in awhile, though, since my kids won’t eat it anymore. Teenagers – gotta love ’em. 😉

    I thought I was actually going to have more time to blog this summer since I homeschool during the year, but one of my kids didn’t finish his work on time. Now I’m having to schedule work and grade papers during the summer. 🙁 Oh well. One day I will have more time than I can imagine. The waiting can be difficult, but I don’t want to miss out on the joy of having my kids with me and homeschooling them.

    Blessings and thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup!

    1. I feel like we spend our whole life waiting if we aren’t careful. I’m trying to learn to enjoy the seasons and trust God will allow me to blossom and bloom in his perfect time. Not always easy though. I just have to keep reminding myself how quickly these precious years fly by and how I’ll never get a do-over. Praying God blesses you and yours this summer.

  14. I am curious as to what you do for each blog post . . 10-15 hrs for each post is alot. I am just getting back into blogging. I spend most of my time online working as a virtual assistant, but I love ministering to others so I wanted to start back doing that through my blog, FaithLeaps.

    I am curious . . would you mind sharing your strategies?

    Alyssa

    1. That approx time includes writing and editing a 1250-1500 word post, uploading and formatting on WordPress, embedding tweetables, finding the perfect images through my stock photo site, creating and optimizing a pinnable graphic and description, crafting a clickable and seo friendly title, linking up at 20+ blogs (which means reading and commenting on other bloggers work), answering an average of 20 comments, and scheduling promotion across all my social media platforms. Yeah, 10-15 hrs is probably a bit too conservative of an estimate. LOL.

  15. Sarah, This post was very encouraging! As a new blogger I have been considering how and when to take a short break. This post was confirmation that I really do need to take a little time off to refresh and fill back up! I also really appreciate knowing that it takes you that long for one post! That makes me feel better because it often takes me that long, too! I hope you enjoy your break! I really appreciate you! Blessings!

    1. I think we bloggers tend to think that it comes easier to everyone else than it does to us. Like we are missing some secret recipe or ingredient everyone else has. It’s not true! We are all struggling to find our way one step at a time. I know I take longer than most, but that is what makes me me. So I’m learning to love it! Wishing you all the best.

  16. A break is always a necessity, Sarah, and it is a wise woman who both recognizes and heeds the nudge to step into the rest God provides as we pause. Praying that you will be filled up to overflowing so that you can be blessed and be a spiller of His grace wherever you go…. But mostly so that you’ll be blessed.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom at the #GraceMoments Community Link Up. You are loved.

    Cheering you on,
    Dawn

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