I have been off the grid for a bit of rest. I am teacher and while I love it, by May I am ready for downtime to refresh, reflect, and rest. I am a Texas girl planted in Nebraska and this past week I went home to visit family, hear the beach, and just allow my soul to breathe. I am one who needs to allow my soul to clear and just be. I love the ocean. I am amazed at how when I stand at the edge of the shore, I am reminded that God is so much bigger than I can imagine and I am small. It is here that I hear His voice and my soul quiets and breathes in the quiet around me. It is where I find true rest. Rest for me is taking time to hear my own heartbeat and process what has gone through my heart and declutter it. We are not meant to be so busy that we forget to allow our soul and hearts to have quiet. I believe some are afraid of the quiet and what their hearts might reveal to them. But we can not refocus and serve God without this time. I don’t live near a beach, but I have never forgotten the sound of the ocean waves. Each week I go off grid to allow my soul to rest for the upcoming week ahead. It was hard at first to do this. I found myself distracted, but over time God has led this time of rest and I find my focus is refreshed. I am a better wife, mother, teacher, etc because I have spent time in the quiet. Going home this past week just reminded me that rest and respite are good for us and while I was sad to leave, I felt good and ready to take on what God has in mind for me. My sweet friends, take some for you. Have a cup of sweet tea, watch that sunset, go off grid for a bit, I promise the world will not stop and you will be rested and refreshed.