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Until Then

I thought of a dozen ways to write this post and along with it many a phrase to spin my decision in a clever way, but I think I want to land with something simple:

Starting today, I am going offline and 
do not plan to return until 2018. 

This has been a long time coming. I'm honestly not sure when I first felt the nudge from the Lord to let it go, but it was long enough ago that the final decision to release this place came with a sigh of relief. My spirit knew it was necessary, but my stubbornness held on. God knows what I need but sometimes it takes my heart a while to catch up and hand over the reigns.

Image credit: @nataliefranke 

Now, don't get me wrong, the internet and social media are not bad things. My dependence upon them, addiction to them, and the pride I take from them are. They have reigned supreme for far too long, and it is time to let go.

After eight years in the blog-o-sphere, I have been taking more of my identity and security in the numbers and the name than in being a disciple of Jesus. Even my most well-intentioned encouragements, efforts toward personal/spiritual growth, and the everyday have become something I need to document "just so" and in "just the right light" to please the feed.

It's exhausting. It has become empty. And it's time to say goodbye for a while. 

So today I am putting an away message on my blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages in order to disconnect to better connect with my own heart, my Savior, and my local community. I debated whether to go for simply a month or two, but in the end I felt the call to take this full stretch to the end of the year to live offline and to reevaluate my priorities.

If I feel the okay to return with the New Year, I will.
If I don't, I won't.
And I think I'm going to be okay with that.

This place has brought about some of my most treasured friends and spoken encouragement into my life in really dry times, so it is hard to step away. I also reach for my phone 193847 times a day. But I'm praying and believing this retreat will the the catalyst for breakthrough that I've been praying for for quite some time. Will you pray that along with me?

If you need/want to get in contact during this time, feel free to send me an e-mail at lovebaileyjean@gmail.com. I can't promise to respond immediately, but I do plan to give it a look from time to time.

Sending blessings and grace your way!
Bailey Jean

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