Mindful Rest




Rest!  Do we really know what that is in our busy world of today?  I don’t think we do.  We are a world who goes at lightening speed to the next thing.  We are probably not known for patience as we like things right now.  This past few weeks have been very busy and led to some stress and before I knew it, I was crabby, tired, and ready to find to throw the towel in.

As it so happened I had Friday off from the classroom.  It was then I began to think about why I was feeling the way I was.  I opened my heart wide to God and let the tears fall.  I have a choice as He reminded me.  My words, my actions, and my behavior reflect that choice.  Can I just say none of them were good by the end of the week.  So on my day off, I truly took a mindful rest from what was stressing me out and to just rest my mind, body, and soul.  It became clear to me that sometimes we need to step away to get a new perspective.  I began to see why some things were causing me stress.  Some of them throw me out of my routine and some of them are way out of my comfort zone.  I also realized I have to learn to say no.  It is ok to use that word you know.  But why don’t we use it more often?  Why must we be to the breaking point to say it?  I was reminded I can’t do all things.  God has not called me to be all things.  Just the purpose He has for me.  I prayed about some things being out of my control and He helped me see while that is true, maybe there was a purpose that He hasn’t revealed to me.

This entire past two days I have not touched my schoolwork, my teacher homework as I like to call it.  It felt good.  It was needed.  My body and spirit needed a rest from it all to renew.  I know the weeks ahead will be busy but I also know mindful rest will be necessary so I can be at my best and that might mean I have to say no and while that is hard, it is what is best when it comes to doing what God is asking of me.  My friends we all need rest and time to renew and figure out our heart.  So take the time daily…yes daily.  In the long run, we will find our words, attitudes, and behaviors will reflect that.  Besides that, I can say it feels nice to not feel like my mind is on overload and my body is at peace.  Just food for thought.







Happy Fall!  I know it has been a while since my last post.  Life has kept me busy and therefore

lack of time to write as often as I would really like to.  But here in my neck of the woods

it is a beautiful fall day and the

trees are dressed in their best colors, there is a coolness in the air,

and the crisp crunch under my feet makes me smile.

I love this time of year and all that it brings.  Summer warmth is hanging on as long as it can,

fall is full beauty, and winter is around the corner

waiting.  As I was taking a walk the other day, I was reminded that no matter what season we are in,

each day is a gift to be taken to heart

and a chance for us to rejoice in.  Even in the bleakest seasons and moments,

if we look hard we can find something to be grateful for, and rejoice

in the ordinary moments of the day.  It brings to mind the following verse from my heart.

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

~Psalm 118:24~

So my dear friends, enjoy the season and rejoice in all the beauty that is before your eyes.

Before you know it,

the beauty will gently leave and a new season will be before you.

Make the most of the gift of each day.  It is worth it.








Balance has been a word on my heart lately.  Maybe because lately I have felt lack of balance.  I have felt some days like I am on a wheel that doesn’t stop.   I have had a hard time managing things some days and wondering how to do it better.  Some of it is coming together and getting better, but I am a work in progress.  Today I realized aren’t we all a work in progress and learning as we go.  Some days will be better than others and some will be flops in our eyes.  But God gives us a new day to shake it off and try again.  I believe part of balance is spending time with Him.  Hearing His whispers to my heart.  I have to admit that I have not made the time for God lately and today He reminded me that is where I find balance when things are running at a high speed.  I need to slow down, breathe, and take a moment and most of all spend time with Him daily.  My soul needs that and I am thankful that tomorrow is a new day and I can start fresh.  Balance is all how we look at things and live in the moments God gives us each day.  So I am starting fresh tomorrow and shaking off today.