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Wrung Out

Last week I tried something I’ve never done before – I wrote out the story of my daughter’s first three weeks in a series of two posts a day. The result was 11 posts and over 8000 words in 6 days.

Then on Tuesday, I wrote for A Deeper Story. It was a sermon, let’s be honest, in the form of a 1200-word blog post.

Writing these 10,000 words in the space of 9 days was a wringing out, the words dripping from my heart. I’m dry and quiet now, no words left to pour into another page.

I’ve been writing long enough to know that the words will return. Meanwhile, I’m trying to rest, in a living-life-with-family kind of way.

Meanwhile, I have no post today. I just don’t have anything to say yet. If you missed them earlier, I’d love for you to read some of those 10,000 words I poured out last week.

When I can, even if just for a few minutes at a time, I’ll be laying under a tree or in my hammock, doing nothing.

How do you refresh and recover after pouring everything out? 

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  1. Take good care of yourself, Joy. For me, the best ways I recharge is by reading a book, listening to music, or having coffee with a dear friend.

  2. I was just thinking about you yesterday. You seem quiet this week. Understandably.

    Praying for refreshment and restoration, friend.

  3. Last week was amazing. I felt like I was sitting under that tree with you hearing you tell your story…and as hard as it was, I enjoyed getting to know you better!

    I recharge best with a book or a crappy tv show. The phone isn’t allowed to ring and I don’t want to talk to anyone. I just need ME time. Thankfully, I get that quite often so I don’t turn into a gremlin! ; )

  4. How wise to take a rest. So many people don’t and then their health suffers. Thanks for pouring out those words from your heart. I feel I understand some of the roller coaster emotions better and yet recognise I cannot ever really completely comprehend what it is like to live through that sort of trauma, without going through something similar.

    As for resting and recuperating, I prefer to embroider, read a book or go for a walk depending on my mood and the weather.

  5. Lovely photo, lovely image of recovering in a hammock.

  6. My mind has drifted to your posts last week about your daughter several times. In fact, I even was telling my husband about it and he was like “who did this happen to, do i know them” (he doesn’t get that even when you don’t REALLY know a blogger, you talk about them as if you just meet them for lunch). Thanks for sharing your story and touching my heart the way you did! Blessings to you!