Taking time out

PJ file image ~ Time for a break

This is a season to set free. Unplug. Let loose. Chill out. Relax.

The world’s weight can sit heavy. We can drown under its load.

We need room to breathe. Be still. Listen to the still small voice Who brings calm to our souls.

I haven’t been doing much of that lately and I sense a Holy Spirit nudge to make more space for God.

The poem below was written a few months ago but its sentiments are my heart’s cry now.

The important can so easily get swallowed up in the urgent.

Creativity can get stifled in clamour.

Peace can become stolen by pressing purposes.

Joy can feel elusive when we join in too much with all the activity around us and don’t allow time out for our soul’s sake.

I need time to ponder and pray.

A space to hear holy whispers.

Room to read.

Time to write with no specific end result in view, just for the sheer pleasure of penning poetry and prose.

Maybe you do too?



I cannot connect with the world

Its noise

drowns out His voice

Its chaos

collides with His calm

Its clamour

presses into His peace


I choose ease and rest

To breathe

His Divine essence

To begin

sensing His Presence

To listen

while seeking His best


We have choices we need to make

Would you

decide or decline

Could you

sift hard and refine

Will you

chase after God’s way ~ this day?


Linking here with Beth and friends for #ThreeWordWednesday

**NOTE** ~ As I seek more #spiritualwhitespace to listen to #SacredEchoes I am joining with like-minded souls over at Margaret Feinberg’s place this week.

To find out more about why I need this space, check out this post on ‘Words of Joy’.

I’m looking forward to catching up with you in a week or so.  Please grant grace for a delayed reply to any comments left here. Thank you!

May God bless you and meet with you in a special way as you follow after His heart this Summer.

Today poem PJ file image pin

17 thoughts on “Taking time out

  1. I love, love love the last line of the poem, Joy. I believe I will join you in the endeavor of chasing after God’s word today. Yes we do need to take special time in our busy lives to do that. You have offered such a beautiful reminder that. Thank you, my friend.

  2. Hi Joy, I went into the site to leave a comment on your lovely work and did not find a comment section. Thanks for all your hard work. Laura

  3. Love this! I’m on my own Journey to Rest as I read through Bonnie Gray’s book, and am finally learning to REST. Love your words here, friend! Thank you for sharing! ♥

    • Thanks, Satin. I am so pleased this has spoken to you and delighted to have your company on the #spiritualwhitespace journey! It has been taking me to unexpected places as I delve deep into childhood memories. So I am reading it very slowly and taking a long time to respond to each section. I hope and pray you have been able to rest in the way you need to, my friend. Blessings 🙂 ❤

    • James, your comment here and on ‘Words of Joy’ has truly blessed me. Thanks very much for taking the time to respond and for your kind thoughts and prayers; I really appreciate them! 🙂

    • You’re welcome, Beth. It becomes important at times to unplug from daily routine and plug in more to God. Praying you will continue to be refreshed in His Presence. Blessings 🙂 xox

  4. A resounding YES, Joy. Yes. I am with you. Feeling this with you, my heart resonates with yours my friend…may we find Him as He has already found us- let us turn to Him in stillness. Deep breath, with prayers and a cyber, prayerful hug sent your way!

    • Dawn, I knew you would ‘get’ this and respond with enthusiasm! Yes, “let us turn to Him in stillness” and find peace and rest for weary souls. Thanks very much for your prayers and support. Hugs to you too, my friend. 🙂 xox

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    • Hi Ceil. My time away is drawing to a close as I sense whispers to return, not in full strength by any means but slowly and carefully so as not to relapse or collapse with fatigue again. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and encouragement. It is greatly appreciated! Blessings 🙂 xox

    • Margaret, you have always been a great source of inspiration to me and I feel truly blessed by your visit here. What a timely post you wrote! I hope and pray the break has been beneficial to you too. God has used this social media/blogging sabbatical to teach me a lot about listening to my life, to my body and (most importantly) to Him. Thanks very much for your sweet encouragement and kind words about this poetic offering. I’m glad you like it! Bless you, friend. 🙂 x

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