Last week I took some time to rest, I came down with a flu and needed to rest. I thought that by taking last week off it would cause my health progress to suffer when I got back to my routine. I was wrong. If anything the rest brought me back into my routine with renewed energy and focus.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
When we have times of rest it is meant to rejuvenate us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When we take times of rest to focus on God, we come back with renewed strength to continue moving towards the plans God has laid before us. Just as physical rest can bring renewal to our bodies, reducing stress and allowing our bodies to be restored.
It is no coincidence that rest is the first part of the word restored. Restoration can only come from once rest has come. During a hurricane, if you try to fix the damage to restore your dwelling, you not only risk your well being but it will not remain repaired as the storm continues to pound down. It is only when that storm has calmed that you can get to the work of restoration. The same is true in our lives. We need the calm, to gather ourselves, grab our tools and get re-focused to the work of restoring the damage and bringing back that which was lost.
Last week for me was important to bring physical healing to my body, just as spiritual rest can bring healing to our hearts and minds. If you feel like you have been beaten down by the storms of this world, it may be time to rest and allow the storm to calm, then move towards restoration and revitalization. It may be time to BE STILL!
As some of you may have noticed, I did not blog this weekend. That is not because I have stopped blogging, or forgot. I have decided that I will blog Monday to Friday. I have realized that I need my weekends to rest my mind, my body, my soul and my spirit.
Rest is important. It helps us to come back to things refreshed and ready to go. It helps our bodies rejuvenate. The purpose of my chosen rest is for balance in my life. I am currently in the midst of several projects at once. I am building my counseling business, I am writing a book, I am writing articles once per week, and writing in my blog 5 times per week, I am doing a health challenge, a Minecraft Let's Play (on YouTube) and I am trying to be a good wife and a good caregiver for my two sassy shadows (my black cats Zoey and Riley). Trying to find balance and margin in the midst of so much can be difficult. This is why I need to prioritize rest.
If I kept going 7 days a week like I was, I would eventually burn out and then I would not be able to do any of my projects well. I have gone through burnout before in my life and everything suffers as a result. It is much easier to protect yourself from it than to try to recover from it. If you are beginning to feel overwhelmed by the projects or tasks in your life, then it may be time to build some margin in your life. It may be time to schedule in time to rest and in doing so restoring balance to your life.
Also, in light of this there will be no blog post tomorrow since it is my birthday. My gift to myself is to not do any writing tomorrow. If all goes well though there may be a different surprise, feel free to check back tomorrow evening to see if it was a success!
I took this weekend off, just to enjoy the news (see my last blog entry) and relax. It was a great weekend! I worked on Saturday but after that it was time to relax and just enjoy life. We went to an arts event, which was awesome. Walter even got to exercise some of his acting ability and had the whole place in stitches. I honestly laughed so hard at one point I almost fell off my chair. I wish I had gotten it on video, I would have totally posted it on YouTube.
I have decided to start a personal blog so that you can get to know me a bit better and so that you can walk with me on my journey with God! I hope that as we journey together you will feel more comfortable with me and feel free to email me. I would love to get to know you better as well.
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