How to Regroup After a Big Event

Written by on March 12, 2014

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It’s Tuesday morning after a mad dash. You’ve been working on a project for weeks and you’ve hit the finish line. Now you need to decompress. Today your elevator doesn’t reach the top floor. Heck, it never leaves the ground level.

I just completed a big project. I had the privilege of serving on the leadership team for the Faith and Culture Writers Conference last weekend. The conference, held on the Newberg campus of George Fox University, was sold out. The team scrambled to fill volunteer positions, regroup with last-minute adjustments to the schedule, and get the two hundred fifty-plus attendees to large group sessions, lunch, and workshops.

We had the pleasure of hearing back from participants, who loved the conference. I even met one woman who said this was the first time she’d encountered a community of Christian writers. There was so much to celebrate. God opened door after door for those who came.

But at the start of this week, I felt the wind kicked out of my sails. I’d poured myself into planning 24/7 and was exhausted – physically and emotionally.

How do you refuel at a moment like this?

  • Eat regularly. Don’t skip meals. Keep up your intake of protein and veggies.
  • Devour Papa’s Word. Don’t skip meals at His table. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8, NLT).
  • Look for humor every day. Today I saw a dog with his head out the window, enjoying the breeze blowing through his loppy, floppy ears. I laughed out loud with sheer joy at the sight.  The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy-filled puppies (Psalm 28:7,  LHV).
  • Journal.  Regroup with the Holy Spirit. This morning, I processed events of the last couple of weeks and listened in to the grace-filled godhead table chat. I wrote out Scriptures. Drew pictures. Basked in the love and warmth of the Lord, in a sweet time of intimacy with Him.  My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer (Psalm 45:1, NIV).
  • Chow down on Vitamin C.  
  • Chow down on Jesus C.

How do you regroup after a big event?

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  1. Julie George   On   March 13, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Love this blog.
    Depending on the event, I do not schedule activities in the evenings the week after it. I stay home with my family.
    The after-glow of a big event is JUST as important as the event. Quietly look back on any notes so any new ideas or actions will not be stolen by too much activity. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Julie and Nancey, that’s powerful – keeping focused on the Holy Spirit’s after-glow of the event. I plan to spend time journaling this weekend. Papa will show me what to reflect on. Sometimes He’s up to something entirely different that what appears on the surface, eh? Good things. God-things.

  2. Susan   On   March 13, 2014 at 11:55 am

    So glad the conference was a success. After a big event, praise and worship refresh are refreshing. /
    Psalm 92:1-3 “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.”

    • Lynn Hare   On   March 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      Susan, praise and worship sound great! I love that psalm. Proclaim praise for His love and faithfulness, indeed! I’ll be sure to soak in worship this weekend. Suh-weet.

  3. Jane West   On   March 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Sounds like a great conference, Lynn. It’s so good to help other writers, and you are so gracious about that. What a blessing you are. I LOVE Papa’s words, and get a lot of rest, refreshment, information, insight, and — and, and–

    What a Mighty God we serve. Keep up the good work.

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