A Time of Rest

resting I'm sure you've noticed things have been a little quiet around here lately. We've been on vacation, and yesterday was my birthday, so I took a little blogging break.

The truth is I haven't been super consistent about blogging for over a month now. With the daily grind of working, homeschooling, serving in ministry, raising a family, being a wife and blogging, I need a break. I needed to not have to get up at 5:30 every morning. I needed to not have to write every morning. I needed time to recharge and refresh.

You see, there are moments in our lives where we need rest. We need to lay down the things that we're doing -- even the good ones -- and take a break. We need to take some moments to refresh our bodies and our souls. We need time to remember why we were doing those things to start with.

There are busy seasons in our lives, seasons when we're called to do a lot of different things, seasons when our plates are so full we think we'll never get everything done. But those seasons always have an end. And when they do, it's time for a season of rest. It's time for a season of refreshment.

When we finished the school year, I was worn out mentally, physically and spiritually. I needed a break -- from everything. It felt like I was simply putting one foot in front of the other to make it through the day. I had very little to give my kids and even less to give my husband.

So, I gave myself permission to ignore a lot of things for the past month. I blogged only when I wanted to. I didn't do a whole lot of cleaning around the house. Dinner was whatever I managed to get on the table. The kids have watched a lot of TV and played a whole bunch of video games. And all of that is OK -- because after some vacation and some rest, I feel refreshed. I feel like I can dive into summer. I can work and blog and make my kids read and learn something new. I'm ready for summer adventures and late summer nights.

But I couldn't get there without some rest, without some time for refreshing both body and soul. God never designed us to run non-stop. He gave us an example to follow when He created the world and rested on the seventh day. He knew that we need rest because it refreshes us both physically and mentally.

Don't let your need for moments or longer periods of rest go unnoticed. Don't think that you can be an effective parent, spouse or leader without periods of sustained rest. Give yourself time to rest so that you can be the person that God has called you to be.