Have you ever just had “one of those weeks”? I did. (That explains the lack of blog activity on my part). It was a stressful all day Saturday, break down Sunday and sleep-deprived Monday. It was due to a combination of a brain-overloaded with projects, the daily grind, fears about the future, and well being just plain busy. In the midst of “breaking down” here are a few things God was teaching me that I’d like to share.
Fears are to be placed into HIS hands. Period. Pray. Sing. Read the Psalms. Meditate on Psalm 73, Philippines 4:6-7. Put your name in those verses. Repent of your fears, and PRAISE Him with THANKFULNESS. Most of all, let his peace overwhelm you. Stay in his presence. Read Colossians 3: 1-4. Know we are HIS and HIS inheritance. Set your mind on Him. The craziness of life doesn’t “go-away” but we begin to see what we really need is not an “answer” but rather JESUS. Set a time consistently to bask in his presence. Go on as a mini-retreat if you can. I’ve just signed up for the Refresh Retreat in May (and I’m SO EXCITED!)
Confide in someone. Call a close friend up, talk to your parents, talk to your spouse. Talk to somebody that you are close to, that know you well and that you trust their judgement and discernment. Ask them to help you see clearly, and ask them to be a shoulder to cry on, or a hug. Sometimes you don’t need anyone to “fix” your problems,just a listening ear and a caring heart. Most importantly, ask them to pray for you, praying God’s word over you. You’ll be surprised how refreshed you will be.
Practically know your limits and don’t compare them to others. Sometimes stressful circumstances are out of our control or are for a very short season (aka, a class giving a ton of homework, studying for a major test in a week, etc…)and sometimes they are not (planning your schedule too busy, saying “yes” to many people, being a “jack of all trades but master of none”etc..). My “go-go-go” ability can be a lot higher than others- I tend to be more energetic and outgoing than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s better. I may go a long time being extremely busy and then burn a huge fuse, perhaps differently than other friends that aren’t oriented that way. My schedule might not be as busy as some or a slow as others. None the less, I need to know what my limits are. Is staying out 3 days a week too much or is it 4? Is working 30 hours just the right amount, or 60? Will my body get rest, and time with the Lord if I’m doing ______ commitment? If you don’t know where your limits are, ask a friend to help you see it, before you burn a fuse. So with that in mind, it is ABSOLUTELY OKAY TO SAY NO to someone!
Rest is not wrong. In Fact, it’s necessary. When we don’t get enough R&R time, (rest and relaxtion) we will be grumpy, irritable, and everything that we have to make a decision about will seem like an explosion waiting to happen.(I.e. DO NOT ask me what I want to eat when I’m stressed. I really do not care!) Know what helps you rewind- My “rest” activities are swimming, a book, a hot bath with essential oils, my journal and ALL of my electronics turned OFF. Do some kind of activity that will slow you down and yes, I am encouraging you to shut the media off (even movies?!) Screens help stimulate our minds rather than relax them. SLEEP. Play some calming music. DO SOMETHING that is physically relaxing. Pilates, stretching, get a message…the list can go on. Just NO MEDIA! Anything to help your body release the tension that the stress has caused. Sleep and relaxation does wonders on the mind and body, helping us to focus better. They are God’s gift to us, and he desires that we have them, and they are needed!!
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
REST!!! REST!!! . REST!!!
So….. with that in mind, friends… go close out this blog, shut down your computer, turn off your phone, GO REST and ENJOY it.