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01 // what my social media sabbatical taught me this summer

Sabbath is part of the creation story, what God did on the seventh day not because He needed rest but to model a behavior of rest to us, His chosen and loved people. While my sabbatical has been an extended break over the summer, my hope is to continue this action of pressing pause once a week as my family transitions out of summer and into our fall schedule. Even though my sabbatical has come to an end, I look forward to receiving the gift of Sabbath in the weeks ahead.

Read more in today’s post about what my sabbatical taught me this summer and how you can take a sabbath break too.

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why I'm taking a summer sabbatical from social media

This summer, I’m going off-line and taking a sabbatical from social media.

A sabbatical is a short term break that can produce long term results. A sabbatical is another form of practicing the Sabbath, which is typically a day of rest. People will often take sabbaticals from their professional careers for a month or up to a year so they can travel, study, or write. Our souls need sabbaticals so that we can live life in the Spirit. To live in the Spirit, we have to rest in the Spirit.

Read more in today’s post about why I’m choosing to take a sabbatical from social media this summer. Hey, you might just want to take one too!

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how to create calm amidst the holiday chaos

We're in that magical and slightly maddening stretch of the year where the calendar is overflowing with holiday parties, celebratory dinners, and family get-togethers.

For the most part it's fun, but sometimes all the activity can leave me feeling frazzled. 

In those moments, it's especially important to me that our home feels like a retreat from all the busyness.

Scent is one of my favorite ways to create a calm, restorative atmosphere, so I'm thrilled that Mrs. Meyer's is bringing back my favorite seasonal scents: peppermint, orange clove, and Iowa pine. This week only, Grove Collaborative is giving away free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday Sets to new customers. Learn more about why I recommend these products in today's blog post.  

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5 books you will love this fall

This week my family is on fall break and we are enjoying some free time around the house. Whenever we are on a break from school, I love to sit down with a cup of tea while the kids are napping/resting and read. Reading is my vacation, a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday living, a moment of retreat. Today, I wanted to share with you five books that I think you will love this fall {+ a giveaway at the end!}.

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for when you feel left out

God grabs us by his righteous right hand and he wants us to grab somebody else with the other.  I get that groups get too big or personalities don't mesh but that still shouldn't stop us from inviting.  We need to get back to the root of loving our neighbors and begin to invite again. Learn how to get over your fear of missing out in today's post. 

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