Are you struggling right now? Finding it hard to relinquish juggling balls in the air? Because you need a reason, or several good reasons to deliberately drop a few, to give yourself permission to relax, take a break.
Me too. It can be hard to reconnect with our inner child, or give ourselves permission to play.
I’m a determined, pressing in and pressing on type ‘A’ woman living in a type ‘Zzzz’ body.
Nevertheless, I feel driven to push myself beyond my capabilities. Maybe you do, too?
Commonsense alone tells me to slow down, go with the flow instead of foolishly resisting rest.
My husband is home from hospital after his spinal surgery, and I’ve found myself switching into automatic pilot ‘nurse mode’ in order to care for him.
It’s been all too easy to set aside or ignore my own needs when his are paramount. My desire is to help meet his, with support from family, neighbours and friends.
And I’m discovering that this M.E depleted body and wearied mind aren’t best positioned to go at more than a snail’s pace.
I have very good reasons to keep on keeping on, but the time has come to reassess my priorities.
[bctt tweet=”We could all use a reminder to set our daily schedule with God before we break into busy”]
It helps to pray, pause and pace our way through the day. To discern what drains or energises us. To develop greater God-consciousness.
Here’s a list of 10 good reasons (in no particular order) for taking a break:
- We’re living in the overwhelm and overload instead of the overflow
- Body and mind are revealing early warning signs to slow down
- We’re at risk of having a meltdown (or 2), if not a breakdown
- Our creative well is running dry and we feel spent
- Our mind requires a rest from constant overthinking
- A shift of perspective or priorities is called for
- We’re run ragged by life’s increasing demands, drained emotionally and physically
- Our loved ones are in need of our quality time and attention
- Sabbath breaks restore, refresh and refuel our souls
- God is urgently whispering, “Rest” to our restless hearts
Although your reasons may differ, the need remains the same.
Over the last few weeks I’ve already had to withdraw a lot from social media and become a relative stranger to blogs I used to frequent.
After ‘Seeking Solace’ was published I was very depleted indeed and have mostly stayed that way.
My writing voice has stilled to a whisper over the last few months, the poetic well become a mere trickle.
How I long to press on with the next work in progress, but God... is asking me to lie fallow for a season while he works within to bring about the harvest He desires in my life.
And as I finally heed the call to lay down my pen, to attend to other things and eventually become rested and restored again, I sense a heavenly sigh of relief.
[bctt tweet=”Maybe this summer you could do with seeking some spiritual whitespace to let your soul breathe?”]
Maybe your body requires a rest, or your mind a break from stress?
I’m planning on taking a few weeks off from writing here, hopefully they will include the following: time to relax with loved ones, a pause to pursue alternative creative outlets as I consider how best to express my emotions with artist, Tara Leaver, (whose work and blog I love, btw), become involved with Jennifer Dukes Lee’s #HappinessDare book launch team and continue getting to grips with seeking spiritual whitespace with the help of Bonnie Gray’s beautifully inspiring book.
I also aim to assist my beloved to get back on his feet, alongside recovering some needful energy myself and prayerfully discerning the way forward creatively.
Meanwhile, I offer a closing prayer below as I invite you to linger in the archives here and consider signing up via email to receive my forthcoming subscriber-exclusive newsletter in July and future posts to come.
Do let me know how you will be resting and relaxing, enjoying these lazier summer days. Much love and every blessing until we meet again, my friend. x 🙂
Said so beautifully, Joy. I’ve had to take some pauses and shift priorities lately, too, and let God draw me toward things he wants and away from things I thought were important. The peace that comes when my time and schedule are created by him and not me… there are no words. It is a wonderful feeling, and always a work in progress. Many blessings as you slow down and find that Holy Spirit-induced ease in your own life!!
Jill, this says so much: “The peace that comes when my time and schedule are created by him and not me… there are no words.” Our days tend to flow more freely with Holy Spirit ease when we begin them with God and set our schedules with His input. Thank you for your kind thoughts. May taking some pauses and shifting of priorities prove to be a source of great blessing to you, friend. x
“It helps to pray, pause and pace our way through the day. To discern what drains or energises us. To develop greater God-consciousness.” Amen. Thanks for this reminder and for your beautiful prayer. I know I need to have some whitespace and down time and more prayer time. I pray God will enable me to do those things when I should. Blessings to you, Joy! xo
Gayl, I pray your downtime will be a fruitful period for you this summer. May you find all the soul rest, ease and spiritual whitespace you seek in deeper prayer time and communion with God. Bless you, friend! x
Such precious words today, Joy! I have surely been hearing a lot of those same directions from the Lord, lately, as He continues to set the pace for my days. It may not flow in the ways that we think it should, but I know His ways truly are the best for us! I will pray that He blesses you with the SpiritualWhitespace that He knows you need! And of course, always praying for added strength for both you and your husband! –Blessings and Hugs to you, my friend! (I’ve been following your blog, but now I added a subscription as well. Don’t want to miss anything!)
Bettie, so often God whispers the same message to us over and over again until we ‘get’ it and respond as He wants us to. I’ve found that I have no lasting inner rest and peace unless I listen attentively and surrender my ways to His! Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. Strength is certainly needed in the days ahead. I’m delighted to have you on board as an email subscriber and will try to send you the newsletters you have missed. They’re a relatively new thing for me but I love sharing in a more direct and personal way about my life and family. How sweet of you to want to read them! Blessings and hugs. xo
So glad to hear your husband is finally home! I’m glad to hear you’re heading the call to rest, my friend. I’ve been planning my Dad’s memorial, which will be in late September, and it’s been emotionally draining. So I’ve been trying to be kind to myself as well. May your time with your husband, friends and family be blessed as you seek Him.
June, it is a wonderful grace gift to see how well my husband is recovering now after such a shaky start post-op. Your life sounds exhausting in a different way to mine but it is draining you, nevertheless. I’ll be praying about your own need for rest and recuperation in the midst of the busyness of planning your Dad’s memorial. Please don’t forget your own needs. Being kind to ourselves is so often forgotten about in the drive to help others. I am already seeing beautiful examples of the gift of friendship and the care (and prayer) others step up to provide when we are struggling more than usual. Every blessing to you, dear friend. Please don’t hesitate to email or private message me if you would appreciate a listening ear or someone to pray for you in the months ahead. xo
I am praying God uses your time of obediently stepping away to refuel and refresh your spirit, giving you an even deeper sense of His Spirit! I understand how you are feeling. I have been contemplating what a rest may look like for me because I feel my soul aching for rest, just not being quite sure how God is directing me to achieve it!
Blessings and smiles,
Hi Lori. Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging thoughts and prayers! I’m sorry that you are also feeling depleted and considering taking a rest break. I’ll be praying that the Lord directs you into the best ways of achieving it so that you can become refuelled and refreshed for all that lies ahead. Blessings and hugs! x
Beautiful and heartfelt. Rest is so important and I love the courage you have to take this step. I pray this time is restorative and God-filled. Love you!
Mary, you are right, it will take a degree of courage to step away from being busy online. Although I have already withdrawn to some extent. The thought is daunting but made bearable and needful by remembering that God is calling me to do this and He will fully meet all my needs as I surrender the time to Him. I’m so blessed to see you here and deeply thankful for your friendship. Love you, too! xo