Thanks for checking on me, reaching out and just being awesome.
I thought I'd take the most common questions and answer them for you.
Common question #1. How AAAAAARE you?
I'll tell you what. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knew what he was talking about when he coined the proverb, "A change is a good as a rest." But resting is pretty fantastic, too. When God broke that whole getting-too-much-identity-from-work thing off of me, he wasn't messing around. I also think that you all gave me an incredible gift by allowing me to share, process and lament the events known as 2018 with you. Being allowed to feel and process everything as it was happening meant that there is very little, if any, residual funk to deal with, and I didn't think that was possible.
Residual funk is not the same as Uptown Funk. We want more Uptown Funk, less residual funk. So process your stuff as it's happening. Feel and deal, if you want freedom.
Common question #2. What are you going to DO?
For now, I'm going to be very, very obedient to what the Spirit inside me answers every time I ask what I should be doing. What should I do today? Rest. Wait. Learn to trust.
On a daily basis, that looks like no alarm clock. Daily workout, yay! Super healthy, whole food. Frequent walks with the hooligans, alone with my worship music, or with friends. Immersion in the Ignatian exercises, a set of powerful Christian meditations I am studying. Reading. Binge watching Downton Abbey (oh, Matthew...). Writing book number two. I found a Netflix fireplace that I can pull up on my TV that burns slowly as it crackles. You can often find me under my heated blanket, the fireplace crackling, hooligans curled up with me as we listen to an inspiring book, podcast or sermon.
It's my own little version of eat, pray, love. It is exactly what I need right now.
As for what am I going to do next? I don't know! I'm waiting for that to be revealed to me. I am willing to wait. Fear would love for me to grab hold of the controls and get moving towards whatever would bring the most safety and security, but I now understand the bondage of that, so I'm trusting the way of the Spirit, instead.
Common question #3. How are the hooligans?
They are wonderful. I've been able to work with them more, now that I am home, and we go for little excursions to the pet store, hardware store and around the neighborhood. If you need a schnoodle fix, just check my Facebook page or stop by.
We are on a mission to simplify and experience more peace, and they are helping. Not really. When I started cleaning out the closet today, they both hid under the bed. That's OK, I was on a roll. I recently discovered Marie Kondo and the life-changing magic of tidying up, and I've thoroughly enjoying the process of de-cluttering, minimalizing, simplifying, downsizing and preparing for whatever comes next.
What is most exciting in all of this is freedom. I found I simply could not be available for my next ministry, calling, relationship or adventure with all the things in my life whose purpose had already been served. What's cool about the tidying up process, is you get to be grateful for all the stuff, not judgmental or shamed. You are encouraged to give thanks for how it all served its purpose. It is only then that you can detach and release it, not from a place of sadness or fear, but love.
I pray that each person reading this can experience the miraculous peace, freedom and HOPE that comes from the simple act of tidying up, letting go, and being available for whatever next adventure you are being invited into.
...don't believe me, just watch. (Come on!)