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2013-10-09 08.44.20Feeling distracted, exhausted, and depleted, I pushed past my old guilt-ridden default of not doing things for myself and pursued a vacation. A no-kids, no-Mom, no-dog, no-work vacation. Not that those things are bad. They’re not. They’re great; I was just tired. My human limitedness was saying, “You’re out of fuel.”

There were all the normal things to work through. Expense. Work schedule. Kid’s schedule. But with help from my husband, I did it and he and I got on the road to a much needed time away. 

We talked through our expectations ahead of time, what each of us needed to have a great time away.

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I spent large parts of five days lying on the beach, reading, writing, or just being there, loving the silence. For me, silence is how I unwind, unplug, and replenish. With external distractions stripped away, my communion with God was sweet.

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                                                                                                                                   In today’s American culture, I find it’s almost a badge of honor to be busy and that busyness eventually becomes a weight that breaks us. We lose touch with our hearts. We can’t name our spiritual realities. We are unable to name the places in our soul that are becoming vulnerable.                 

Rest acknowledges our human limitedness and replenishes us. I think of the scripture that says we are to love others as we love ourselves. Can we truly offer love to others when we refuse to offer loving kindness to our own bodies, soul, and spirit?  

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When I refer to loving ourselves, I’m not speaking of prideful arrogance selfishness. Of course, that was not was Jesus was talking of. He was speaking of honoring ourselves as creations of God and living in ways that attend to our emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

You see, our “doing” can become disconnected from our hearts and the flow of the Spirit and can be just that, “doing”. Busyness. Activity. Not necessarily bad, but not necessarily life-giving either. And at times, it can become downright dangerous because it keeps us from attending to our inner world.

Rest allows us to be present with God and our own hearts. Distractions fall away. Clarity comes. Thankfulness flows. The longings of our heart speak. God speaks. We hear.                                                                                                                                                                                               2013-10-09 08.33.35 

It is the place where we find fullness of joy, even when our circumstances are not perfectly joyful. IMG95201310119507241095293

Do you need to pursue rest? While you might not be able to get away, you can prioritize rest in your daily life. In truth, for the most part, we do what we deem important enough. We all find a way to do what we truly value as important. Problem is, without deep communion with the Spirit of God, we can lose touch with what is really important.

What would it be like for you to prioritize rest? Communion with God? Quiet in your spirit and soul?

What might happen if you did?

What might happen if you don’t?

Will you commit to a lifestyle that honors rest?

 

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