Holed Up

One of the joys of working from home is not being forced to leave my cozy house to brave deep freeze temps like we’ve been experiencing lately. If I want to stay put I can — and that’s exactly what I’ve done this past week. Until this morning, the only times I’ve ventured out is when it’s been absolutely necessary.

The arctic weather isn’t the only reason I’ve been holed up, though. After December’s demands and two out-of-town trips over the holidays, I needed some catch-up time and a bit of a slower pace. I needed to be at home.

Don’t get me wrong. I haven’t been lounging on the couch eating bon-bons — though that sounds pretty good :) No, I’ve faithfully worked on some writing projects this week, but I’ve also spent time taking care of the stuff of life that needed my attention and haven’t pushed myself to do extra things. And I’ve got to admit it’s been a welcome change after the past several weeks.

Have any of you been holed up this week, too? I’ve found that whether we’re forced to stay put due to weather or we choose to sequester ourselves for some regrouping or restoration, we usually feel ready to break out after a time and experience life in the greater world again. We get rested, recharged, and… a little stir crazy :)

It’s not so different in our spiritual lives. There are times when we need to slow down and catch up a bit. Times when we need to hole up and be “at home” with the Lord. If we’ll take that time, I bet we’ll find ourselves feeling rested, recharged, and…yes, a little stir crazy. Ready to do the work God calls us to do with fresh energy.

So where are you right now? Feeling a little stir crazy or are you needing some time to hole up? Wherever you are, whatever you do, do it with the Lord. He faithfully offers a welcome change!

“he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'” Mark 6:31b

Flickr photo by Muffet, Creative Commons License


  1. This is my “holed up” week, so that I can be more fully whole! I had a rough one last week, so much to do, and still with so many kids at home. This morning, my older two head back to college, and for the next four days, I’ll be “holed up” in my home for some TLC from Jesus. I just need to “be.”

    Thanks for this. Good to know I’m not the only one in need of some rest… and bon-bon’s!


  2. I am stuck in a house potty training my two year old who seems to have no clue what is going on. I am feeling ready for this phase to be done, but I am aware of how quickly they grow up. :)

  3. i wish i could be holed up! i have a dog who has to be taken out rain, shine, sub-zero temperates, whatever. he could stay out forever. my feet, however, go numb after about 20 minutes!

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