Status Report: Back from Break

Sitting…at my dining room table.

Drinking…coffee, black.

Returning…from a two week blog break. Two weeks is a long time in blog reckoning. I’ll be honest, I feel a little nervous. And careful. Tiptoeing around my words with the awkwardness of a new (or long lost) acquaintance.

Searching…for words. I’ve been gone, “on break,” for one simple reason: I had nothing to say. I’m not so sure I do now!

Reading…Just Jane by Nancy Moser, a novelization of Jane Austen’s life. Actually, I just finished it. Loved it. LOVED it. Enthusiastic recommendation #1.

Also reading…The Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever. Compelling, challenging and oh-so-very timely. Enthusiastic recommendation #2.

Loving…Third Day’s newest release, Revelation. I love Third Day, their two Offerings cds rank among my all time favorites. This one is great. Enthusiastic recommendation #3.

Dreading…the start of school next week. Two words: car line. Not to mention homework, packing lunches and prying the boys out of bed at 6:30.

Eagerly anticipating….the start of school next week. Six words: four boys sick of each other. Oh yeah, ten more words: one mommy sick of four boys sick of each other. To all you homeschoolers out there: I rise up and call you blessed!

Thinking…way too much. And far too seriously, rendering me somber and melancholy. More than usual, that is! I ask you again: how do you turn it off?

Praying…about Bible study. When to meet? Where to meet? I am seeking the Lord, yet do not yet know what to do. I won’t tax your patience (any more than usual) with all the logistical ins and outs, but will only say this: I miss it terribly.

Humbled…by the request of a sweet and godly young woman to disciple her. Me? Is she sure? Does she know what a wreck I am? Well, she will now when she reads these words! Yet, I am also grateful for the privilege and know I will be the one who will gain. Any recommendations on a book we can read together?

Grateful…that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. GREAT is His faithfulness!

Realizing…I found some words after all!

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

23 thoughts on “Status Report: Back from Break”

  1. Hi Lisa,Got up early this morning and got first dibs on the hospital’s lap top, so I did read your comment. So. . .you have another opportunity, too. . .I don’t need to know what that is to pray for you–am doing that now. If you want to talk, email me. I”ll get it eventually.Thanks for your prayers for Jake!

  2. So glad to hear you are back at it. I love your blog and love hearing what God is doing in the lives of blogging people I don’t even know, but can learn from! My recommendation is the Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges. I work w/ college women and it is great for any level of spiritual maturity. Rocked my world as a freshman in college and again this summer as my husband and I took a team to Kyrgyzstan. Prayers!

  3. So glad you're back :)The only thing (for me) that shuts off melancholy (and my own voice) is praise & worship…it's the one place where it's all about Him and no room for me…Praying for your new mentoring relationship, knowing God will bless and grow both of you πŸ™‚

  4. Oh, and thanks for all your comments while we were in China. It was so wonderful to see that folks were thinking of and anticipating with us. Still pinching myself. πŸ™‚

  5. Finally! πŸ™‚ You’re back and I’m so glad. I’ve missed you big time!I just knew you would love Just Jane! When I read it, I thought it should be subtitled “For Lisa.”We used to start school next week (that’s a weird sentence!) but the Texas Legislature has decreed we can’t start until the last week of August. So we still have until the 26th before the routine begins.And packing lunches is the bane of my existence. Don’t know why I hate it so!And don’t sell yourself short. It’s much better for your friend to be discipled/mentored by a “real” person, even with your flaws, than someone who seems to have it all together. She has chosen well.

  6. Welcome back Lisa. Happy August to you. I was out doing some yard work listening to some neighbor children that certainly were very sick of each other at this stage of summer too! :0)

  7. I added the books you recommended to my wishlist. πŸ™‚ How old is the girl you’re mentoring? Would Lady in Waiting be appropriate?A totally different kind of book: True Grit by Deborah Meroff.

  8. Whew!! I was beginning to wonder if you’d ever blog again! Just kidding ;)We are so alike in that all of our thinking renders us melancholy. I turn to the Psalms for words like, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits!” Psalm 103 And if my soul stays downcast, then I just pray for more grace and give my melancholy to God in some way — perhaps he’s using it to help you pray a certain way? Faith is victory.

  9. Well, loved your first post back. Glad you are back. And second, as a home schooler do not call me blessed. Call me tired, or call me whacko, or call me nuts! LOL! I am all three. Some day mabye they will call me blessed-not so far! LOL! I too dread school because of the work I have to do and I too look forward to it for more routine and less idle mischief! LOL! I start the day after Labor Day, though. Tee hehehehe

  10. Hi Lisa, I’ve read your blog for a while, but have never commented. I have loved reading “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George. While it is geared toward married women and mothers, most of the book can be applied to a single woman too. I don’t know where the gal who talked to you is at in life, but its a great book. I often give it to women for their bridal showers. thanks for your thoughts and heart for Jesus. Erin in CO – a mom to two little girls.

  11. You know what? thanks for be honest about being ready for your boys to go back to school. I feel guilty when I feel that way. But I actually think it’s best for them as well as for me, for several reasons. Did I mention mine are 19 AND 15???

  12. I started reading just before your blogging break, and I am so glad you’re back.A great woman of God was mentoring me a couple of years ago, but we’ve lost touch since I moved. I hope your mentoring relationship is a lasting one.

  13. Welcome back, friend. I, too, am both anticipating and dreading the start of school, though we have until the 26th before it arrives. Oh — also, I just picked up The Host this week, and plan to dive in soon.

  14. I love your lists. They always help me see the reality of life in a more intimate, comforting, friend sort of way. We all are in this thing called life together.Hope your back-to-school anxieties are laid to rest once the routine sets in. It’s always hard to adjust to even minor changes. When my husband ends a work contract my routine or non-routine is always shaken up a bit.

  15. Lisa,glad you found some words. As for mentoring (this by a woman who would like a mentor and one who has mentored multiple other women) I would recommend the Bible. The John’s gospel is great, or Galatians, or anything that exposes the heart of the Gospel and leads to intimate conversations. Maybe your Bible study material if you’re up for it? If you are lookinng for an outside book, anything that’s good is good (you know what I mean?). I like the Allure of Hope – God’s pursuit of a woman’s heart for a “women’s focused” book (by Jan Myers or something like that – it’s upstairs right now) or I’m also just starting the Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney. Seems great so far.Will be praying for your Bible Study logistics!

  16. I added the books you recommended to my wishlist. πŸ™‚ How old is the girl you're mentoring? Would Lady in Waiting be appropriate?A totally different kind of book: True Grit by Deborah Meroff.

  17. So glad you're back :)The only thing (for me) that shuts off melancholy (and my own voice) is praise & worship…it's the one place where it's all about Him and no room for me…Praying for your new mentoring relationship, knowing God will bless and grow both of you πŸ™‚

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