Hi friends! How have you been? I know I have been quiet in this space, but now I’m back! 🙂 If you were wondering what happened, it’s a long story but in a nutshell – 1) I changed my domain name from www.snugglesandkisses.net to www.jacintahuang.com 2) I had to focus on editing all my posts because of the name change 3) God convicted me to rest.
It was in a way, a planned season of quietness and rest, but it was also unexpected in many surprising ways. There were days when I was wrestling with worries of readers leaving (I treasure you so much!), but by His grace, I’ve managed to obey and just focus on what I needed to do, and after that, to have a protected period of rest.
Now, I’m all fired up and excited again! It’s going to be another wonderful season of writing.
But first, I wanted to share what I’ve learned in my season of quiet.
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Season of Quiet
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For me, this season felt a lot like sowing seeds. There is no fanfare when we sow seeds of faith. We just obey and trust that in God’s time, the seeds will grow and blossom into what they were always meant to be.
While I was in the thick of all the technical issues and editing of my old posts, I had to keep reminding myself to focus on little steps of progress. There would always be something still not done, or a technical glitch somewhere – but God looks for progress, not perfection. He always looks at our hearts. And I’m learning that our lives have something valuable to offer – even when it feels like a mess.
Saying yes to the change also meant that I needed to say no to other seemingly good things. If I want to do things well, I can only focus on one big project at a time.
Oh, and when I was editing my posts on my conceiving story, it felt like I was reliving the miracle again. I broke down halfway through as I was reminded of how amazing His hand has always been with shaping our story, and it made me realize how much I’ve taken things for granted. Reading our story again postured my heart as I counted down to our little girl’s 2nd birthday at the end of October, and made me a lot more grateful for her.
His plan, not mine
Friend, change can be so hard, but it is worthwhile for us to stay the course. The work that we do in any transition is usually quiet, with no one noticing. But remembering our main goal will keep us focused.
In my season of quietly transitioning, I’ve had to learn to trust God more and surrender my plans and efforts to Him. When I first started, this whole process felt enormous. But God multiplied whatever little time I had to do it, and before long – I was almost done.
Once I was done with the editing of posts, honestly, I felt like bursting into shouts to tell you, “I did it! I finished! Come see!” But I knew that wasn’t His plan. I had to learn to celebrate quietly (with my husband and close friends) and then take time to quietly rest. This blog is going to be for the long haul, and taking time to stop writing was essential for my writer’s heart and soul. I needed to be refreshed first before I poured more words into this space. I needed time and space to mull, reflect and allow God to mould my thoughts and perspective.
I cannot remember when exactly it happened, but when I realized that in Genesis 1:5, it says God created “evening” first before “daytime” – it was revolutionary for me because I now see evenings as the start of my 24 hours. I prioritize rest, time with God and time with loved ones every evening.
Instead of listening to the world’s message of: “Get unlimited talk time on your phone! 9pm? The party has just started! There’s more to do! Shops are still opened!”, would you join me in learning to prioritize rest and guarding our time well so that we live a life that pleases Him?
During this period of rest, I met up with an old friend, and I was so shocked to learn that she had cancer. Praise God that He has healed her, and she is now a living testimony of God’s goodness and miracle. It was such a reminder to me that we are *not* unlimited. We have limits, and we need to honor and respect that. In fact, limits are wonderful and God says in Psalm 16:6 “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (NIV) I love meditating on that verse.
What Matters Most
I’m learning to cultivate a simpler, unhurried, purposeful life of faith, and if I want to encourage others to do so too, I need to first be pruned and learn the lessons first-hand. I know I’ll fail many times, but I need to not be afraid that it’ll be a lesson I need to keep learning – over and over again. I’ve learned to let go of worries about blog traffic numbers, social media growth, or whether my voice in the online world even makes a difference, because I know that if being quiet means I get to spend more time with my loved ones and more time learning and growing, I’m choosing what matters most.
God has given us an identity that is independent of our achievements. We are His beloved children, so we can rest in that, and not strive. Let us do our work based on God’s invitation and promptings, instead of our own fleshly desires and plans.
I’ve been saying yes more to my little one and allowing her to interrupt my schedule too. Most of the time, all she needed was a few minutes of focused attention, and she would be happy.
Once, I was so sick and all I could do was lie down next to her cot, and she reached her hand out to stroke my hair and then played on her own (in the cot) for more than 2 hours while I rested! That is quite a miracle. 🙂
We have been having fun mummy-daughter dates every Friday, I’ve been spending more time with my parents, and also taking better care of my health. I’m SO thankful for this season of rest and quiet.
& Thank you.
Thank you for being a community that is so sweet and kind and appreciative, especially during this season of quiet. Receiving your messages, comments, and even gifts (!) makes me really glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone to do this blogging ministry. Your friendship means the world to me!
Bottomline – I sincerely want to steward my words well, and I pray that my words will be used to help and heal. I can only obediently sow seeds into this garden that He has entrusted me with. God is the only one who can make things grow.
What matters most to me is that my words point you to Jesus – the One who saves us and gives us life. There is no other better gift or purpose for me than to do this.
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Sending you lots of love, friend. May we grow in intimacy with the Lord each day, and I just want to tell you that I am SO glad you’re here with me, doing life together, even in a season of quiet. *hugs*