I am thankful.
Are you in a busy season? So many of us are. Life’s pace can be relentless, and our calendars get overwhelmingly full.
Our family seems to be perpetually locked in the busy cycle.
Full of good things: Jr. High drama productions…
Jr. High fall choir concerts…
Barn building of course…
A certain handsome young man turning 18…
Busy isn’t bad. A work is good. But so is REST. How long has it been since you’ve been truly REFRESHED?
Rest and refreshing and restoration usually end up last on the list, or cut out completely when the pace heats up.
But what if we made it a priority?
What if rest came FIRST? Resting in our Father, being refreshed from the fellowship of His people, being restored in the wonder of His creation?
I’m preaching to myself here. Josh and I are the world’s WORST at taking on too much, pushing our bodies past their limits, and I personally barely sleep at all.
But we hosted the quarterly Gold Network ETX support group in our home this weekend, and experienced deep, life-giving connections as people opened up about their struggles on the childhood cancer journey. It filled up our hearts with refreshing.
I spent a morning with a friend, curled up on the couch with our cups of coffee, just catching up on each other’s lives. No agenda, nothing accomplished except the sharing of lives and encouragement.
And I bought a hammock.
I’ve always loved a hammock. I used to swing in one in Grandma Grace’s beautifully wooded backyard in rural Southeast Minnesota. I’m a sucker for any hammock I see, especially at the beach.
We had a hammock at our last house, but it did not survive the move. So our frame has stood empty.
We put the new one up at the farm today, and from the moment it was hung, it was NEVER UNOCCUPIED for the next 7 hours when we headed home. It was such a sweet sight to see the kids enjoying it.
There’s just something about a hammock. You can’t DO ANYTHING in a hammock but REST.
Maybe that’s why we are so drawn to them. Like rest itself, a hammock takes a little effort and BALANCE to get into it, (not to mention STAYING in it) but once you do… it’s SO WORTH IT.
Where will you find your rest this week? May it be found in the presence of Jesus Himself, whatever our circumstances.
I’m looking forward to MY TURN in the hammock.
Thanks for giving thanks with me.
““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”” (Matthew 11:28-30)
“The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”” (Exodus 33:14)
“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.”(Psalms 116:5-9)
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I just realized that I forgot to go back and comment last week! So here we go… Reading your thoughts on rest, I could almost hear the Lord gently saying, “I’m going to say this once more, so you KNOW it’s Me speaking to YOU. ” There is a fine balance between truly necessary tasks and time spent resting in Jesus’ presence. As I try to take on too much, He is reminding me that if my priority is spending time with and listening to Him, the tasks will fall into place. So excited about Cooper’s 18th birthday. I know God has wonderful plans for the next part of his life. It is wonderful to see the activities your kids are involved in – gifts to bless others. And SO GLAD that your quarterly cancer support group for parents meeting was a time of refreshment for you, too. Love and prayers for all of you, including the 2 big, less visible “kids”.