This month has been “full steam ahead” on a project I’ve been dreaming of for 7 years. I’ve spent most of that time hoping someone else would create it so I could just buy it. But, no one has, so I finally decided to create it myself. It’s a calendar that is part “get things done” and part “pray without ceasing.” (More details to come, soon, of course.) But, creating this calendar has required lots of time, energy, and focus – lots of saying “no.” Other priorities have needed to be sacrificed. Like, July’s “a Gathered Table.”
I’ve thought and thought about continuing on as planned or hosting you for tea & the best chocolate I know of in my backyard, or even having you join me for a webinar. But, I need a rest. I need a month to prop my feet up, sip something happy, and read in the evening before going to bed early.
So, instead of inviting you to join me around a gathered dinner table to come and connect in real life, I’ll invite you to join me in resting, propping your own feet up, sipping something that makes you happy, and maybe even reading a little – and then to come on over to Instagram and connect there. Whether your toes are barely visible above the bubbles in a bath, poking out from beneath a blanket on the couch while you’re watching TV, or in a hammock while you read to the fireflies, will you share a pic on Instagram tonight using #restupJULY? I’d love to see how you rest up (and what you’re reading these days.) I’ll share what I’m up to and choose someone’s photo to get a free month of membership in a Gathered Table Online, which will open Monday, August 4th. Here are some shots of my toes doing different things that have brought me joy, just for inspiration.
I’ve been really grateful for our time together each month. And, I’m going to miss seeing you tonight. So, don’t forget to share how you’re spending you’re evening using #restupJULY and tag me @JennGilesKemper. Looking forward to resting up myself. Hope you use the night off for something that fills you with joy.
If you’d like to read some thoughtful and beautiful reflections on resting up, slowing down, seasons, rhythms, and sabbath I’ve especially enjoyed Shauna’s latest “On July, Chuck Taylor, Silence and Seasons” and thought you might, too.