Category Archives: rest
Well, friends, I think I charged back into blogging a couple of weeks ago too quickly so I’ve been paying the price since. Seems that’s what I do a lot these days!
This has been the worst summer in my life, and that began early in the spring. The heavy monsoon activity we experience up here in northern Arizona really gets my nauseous migraines going, and that means I can’t do much. In an effort to better monitor my activity level, I think I need to scale back for another month or so and only post once or twice a week. Please forgive me if I don’t reply to your comments here or as quickly as I normally do. I so appreciate all your comments and prayers!
I admit that at times when my pain plus nausea levels are seemingly out of sight, I struggle with how to pray. And then I remember Romans 8:26-27:
In the same way, the Spirit also helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
And let’s not ever forget Verse 28:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
I am so thankful for that! The Holy Spirit not only knows my heart and intercedes “with groanings” for me when I can’t find the words through the pain, but God also “causes all things to work together … to those who are called according to His purpose.”
How amazing and awesome is that?
Here’s a wonderful quote from Oswald Chambers that is good for all of us to remember and hold close during difficult times.
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He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.
I’ve been very busy lately and need to rest a lot, so this image and Psalm passage seemed appropriate for me right now—and I hope for you too, Beloved!
Resting in His arms…
Today I’d like to talk about physical rest.
I used to be quite the multi-tasker, but then I believe most women are very good at doing more than one thing at a time. It’s the way we’re wired. If we’re not working on at least two things at once, our minds are whirling with thoughts and ideas for what needs doing next. Some nights all those jumbled thoughts keep us from getting to sleep.
Can I get a high five here? Oh, sorry. You probably don’t have a free hand what with having to juggle all those tasks.
I can still remember when I was able to do about five things at the same time and actually wonder what else I could accomplish?
That was then. Fast forward to my “new normal.”
About twelve years ago, after many lab tests and doctors’ visits, I was told that my daily severe all-over pain and mind-numbing fatigue were the result of Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). While I was somewhat relieved to have some kind of a name for what I was going through, my mind refused to believe it. I was only working part-time then—3 days a week for 4 hours a day—but it got to the point where I was spending all my days off recuperating from working those 4 hours the day before. And I was still a newlywed whose husband was probably wondering what he had gotten into!
Even when I finally quit my job, my mind still refused to wrap itself around the fact that I needed to change my habits. I remember that I quit working around mid-November and then spent the next month sewing Christmas gifts for my friends and family for hours and hours each day. By Christmas I was beyond exhausted and starting to realize I needed to rethink some things.
Easier thought than done.
What is is about resting that many of us have trouble with? Is it because we have never really learned how to rest? Could it be that we need to fill every minute with something because it keeps us from thinking too much? Or maybe we believe we’re worth more if we’re producing some kind of work all the time?
Chalk up that last one for me.
Except for a few years when my children were very young and a sabbatical in 1996, I had worked my whole adult life. When I was forced to stop working in 2000, I felt… worthless. I had always seen myself as proficient, reliable, hard-working—you know, a “can-do” kind of person. Someone everyone could always count on.
And that’s exactly when the Lord showed me that instead of relying on Him, I was relying on my own strength. And guess what? That strength was gone.
Beloved, maybe you see yourself in one or more of these scenarios. It’s okay. You can admit it.
Even though I was in denial for many years about this, I finally get it. Where before I could easily clean my entire house in a couple of hours, these days my house is never completely clean because I can only do one thing at a time and then I need to rest. I’m talking about sweeping the floor one day and wet mopping it the next (or the next) day, depending on how I’m feeling. Some days the only thing I can accomplish is nuking something for dinner.
And that’s okay!
My hubby is fond of quoting a line from a M*A*S*H episode to help me slow down:
“I do one thing at a time and I do it well.”
Next time we’ll talk about how physical rest goes hand-in-hand with emotional rest. For now, I’d like to remind you of this truth:
Praying for all of you…
Last week I shared this post with you about rest. What is rest? And why do we need it?
I’m not talking about physical rest, although we all do need that from time to time just like the tired bear pictured above. I’m referring to spiritual and emotional rest—something necessary if we are to keep from being pulled down by things that are going on around us.
I am a naturally happy and joyful person. I tend to smile a lot, which is why I was given the nickname “Smiley” years ago by some co-workers. But in an effort to keep it real here, I have to be honest with you. For the past month or so I have been feeling such a heavy heart when I think of and pray for the people in my life (and beyond) who are hurting so much and in so many ways.
I absolutely trust that God is my All in All and that because He is the great I AM, He supplies everything I need on a daily—often hourly, and sometimes minute-by-minute—basis.
His love for me in spite of myself always amazes me.
So why have I been feeling almost depressed about so many different things happening in my life and in the lives of friends and family? How can I feel like this if I have faith and trust in God?
I’m human, Beloved, and as a frail human, my mind and heart are vulnerable. Frustration, confusion and depression happen… and I’m here to say that they can happen to any of us.
But here’s the thing: we can let these things pull us under or we can remember that God is not only still in charge and has everything under control, but that He already knows how each situation will turn out!
I’ll share more with you next time, but for now join me in memorizing these verses that my sweet daughter has been praying for me about this:
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. —Romans 12:12
Rest. It’s something we all long for but often can’t find. But what exactly is rest?
Let’s start by defining what rest is not:
And this is only a partial list!
And here’s what rest is:
relief (from worries and troubles)
mental or spiritual calm
take a break
We’ll continue this discussion next week but let me ask you an important question, Beloved: