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Pause Devotional Series: The Beautiful We Give Ourselves

You will make known to me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; In your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 16:11

There is no better time to give yourself permission to pause than during the month of February when self-care and loving yourself can be embraced.


1 to stop something temporarily.

2 to take time to catch one’s breath.

3 to rest and relax.

The message of our culture is: the busier we are, the more valuable and successful we are.

While life is often busy, it's important to know when you need to pause—to take time to catch one’s breath, reset, rest and relax to show up in life authentically.

Even social media and internet services know the importance of a pause by giving us the option to deactivate an account temporarily and come back when we want or end it permanently if we choose.

Recently, I started reading: Pause: How to Press Pause Before Life Does It for You by Danielle Marchant. The author asks readers to consider her book as a private retreat because when you pause to take care of yourself, and your own life, you become the person you were always meant to be.

Here's the thing: A pause is different for everyone. Whether it is slowing down to take a small pause or taking a sabbatical, it can make a beautiful difference.

Are you ready to slow down for your own Selah (pause)?

When was the last time you created space to pause?

What will this pause be about?

How will your life be different after your pause?

As I begin my Selah—I am excited to see what beautiful God has in store for my pause. But what I am most excited about is to pause in His presence so He can make known the path of life and to experience the fullness of joy.

Prayer: Jesus, life can be exhausting when you are constantly pouring. Taking time to slow down and catch my breath in your presence is how I can love myself and have you pour back into me. Thank you for what you have in store for me during this pause.

Beautiful We Give Ourselves Journal
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