Sunday Interrupted

Today was one of those rare snow days that fell on a Sunday. It’s not often that we cancel worship services at our church, but the roads weren’t cleared this morning and it was a good call.

I’ve made good use of this quiet day. So far I’ve done absolutely nothing except watch the birds feeding on our patio, and cook up a steaming pot of “kitchen sink” soup. It’s aroma is wafting through the house as I type this blog entry. I may have even watched a little football. 😉

Days like today are necessary now and then.

Do I feel lazy and a little bit guilty for not catching up on my laundry or cleaning the kitchen? Nah. I spent a full hour shoveling snow this morning, so I definitely earned some rest.

I also think these unexpected snowdays help us to remember that life is not in our control. That’s an uncomfortable thought for some, but I need the occasional reminder that God does not work according to my timetable. He sometimes steps in and provides the downtime I need to recharge after a prolonged period of busyness. I daresay many of us are still in recovery mode after the holidays.

We need a little silence.

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭62:5-7‬

When these rare opportunities upset your schedule, try to embrace the break rather than curse the inconvenience. God’s got this! There will be ample time to catch up in the days ahead.

Resting in Peace

What a blessing it was to be the guest speaker at my church’s annual Mother’s Day Tea this weekend!

Although I usually shy away from public speaking, I decided to talk about a challenging area in my own life: finding peace. Specifically, I wanted to share ideas on how we can each find peace in our everyday lives, no matter where we are in that moment.

If you have been reading my blog posts regularly, you will know that peace and rest are important topics to me. Despite my busy schedule, I’ve learned to find peace through intentional rest. I say “intentional” because we must recognize our need for rest, and then be very deliberate in making it a priority.

Forced rest is no fun when you allow your pace in life to run you into the ground. Trust me . . . I know. Internalizing stress led to chest pains and an overnight stay in the hospital last year. Fortunately it was nothing serious, but that scare caused me to re-evaluate my priorities and I learned a valuable lesson in the process.

While God wants us to use our gifts to glorify Him, to care for our families, and serve others, we cannot do that if we are completely exhausted. God did not create us to live life with our foot on the gas pedal from morning to night, yet for many of us, that is the only pace we know. We have accepted this as normal and we feel powerless to apply the brakes.

Intentional rest doesn’t require taking a vacation day or spending an afternoon at the spa (although that does sound tempting 😉). Instead, I ask God to help me slow down as a reminder that my personal peace needs to be a priority. It does require loosening my grip and letting Him take control, but God always provides me with that much-needed time and space to re-charge, even on my busiest days.

Finding peace may look different for each of us, but for me, it’s as simple as taking a walk around the block, reading a devotional, or just lying down for a quick nap.

So the next time you feel yourself running on empty, slow down, take a deep breath, and seek peace in the Lord’s presence. Let Him be your resting place.