Rest and Stretch

When was the last time you had a rest?

In today’s fast-faced world, we almost need to force ourselves to rest. It’s sad to think that resting has become somewhat of a luxury to many of us.

As a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor (CPI), one of my favorite postures to teach is called Rest and Stretch. It’s a wonderful stretch for the spine and whole body in general. The key is to relax into the stretch and breathe deeply. This is true with all the PraiseMoves postures, but this one in particular has always been a favorite in my classes.

The scripture that we recite along with Rest and Stretch is found in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus says,

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. — Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬

That is such a restful and reassuring scripture. Amen? Jesus will carry all our burdens, if only we let Him!

I am currently away on a resting vacation. We have minimal plans, with our only goal being relaxation. For my husband and I, that is a luxury. Look for my next blog post in two weeks.

Until then, I hope you enjoy some rest of your own!

Have a blessed week! 🙂

 

Silence and Serendipity

Church life gets very quiet after Vacation Bible School.

Two weeks ago we were gearing up for a week full of excitement as nearly 150 children, and as many volunteers, descended upon our church. Every Bible-themed VBS week provides a fun and Spirit-filled adventure, and as always, I am sad to see it end.

As you can see from the photo above, the decorations are amazing and they take a tremendous amount of time and creativity. The walls always look so drab and empty when everything is dismantled and packed away.

This annual summer event is a lot of work for all involved, but I love being a part of all the activity. I also love hearing the children laughing and singing as they pass my office each morning.

The Sound of Silence

Following such a busy week, last Monday arrived with an odd silence. Most of the staff was out, still recovering from post VBS cleanup. There were several times when I was completely alone in the church, with the exception of the mailman, the UPS guy, and a few friends who stopped by to say hello. Still, I welcomed the peace and quiet and had a fairly productive week.

As I age, I am learning to appreciate silence. It’s a rare find most days. When it does presents itself, I take full advantage of the moment.

Spiced Wine and Zinnias

Mid-week we had a visit from relatives passing through on their way home to Tennessee. I took Thursday off, and it turned out to be a perfect day to visit two local wineries (Twin Oaks Tavern Winery and Bluemont Winery), and grab lunch at Bear Chase Brewing Company. Despite the heat, we enjoyed some great food and wine and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge.

This brief, unplanned respite gave us time to catch up with family and do a bit of exploring before heading back to work on Friday. It was a great way to end the week!

Our weekend has been full of ongoing home projects and preparation for another quick family visit. I took a few minutes to rest on the patio this evening while admiring the colorful zinnias that are now in full bloom. The gladiolas won’t be far behind.

We will celebrate our nation’s birthday this week with my brother and Mom, who turns 85 on July 2nd. Every day with her is a gift from God, and we look forward to our family celebrations as a time to make special memories.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!