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! 🙂


Take Care of Yourself

Thought for the day:

When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? If you are like me, you are so busy taking care of your home and everyone in it, that you are the last person to get some much-needed self care.

Self Care. Who Needs It?

You do!

Self care is necessary when you recognize the need for some time and space by yourself to decompress. Once you recognize the need, then you have to make it a priority. You need to temporarily step back and step away from your responsibilities and distractions — yes, even your phone!

It’s not necessarily a vacation, although that would be nice. It’s really just a “breather”. This can be as simple as a walk around the block, a long, hot bath, or sitting outside with a favorite book. The key is to be by yourself. It’s also a great time to have a conversation with God, read a devotion, or journal a prayer. Share your worries with Him because no one cares for you more than He does!

And as crazy as it sounds, you may need to schedule time on your calendar for this respite each week. Treat it like an appointment.

My breather today was a brief walk around the yard. My husband is the gardener in the family, and he loves trying new crops each year. I appreciate his gift for gardening,  because if left to me, we would have nothing growing but weeds!

We’re already enjoying fresh garden tomatoes in our salads, as well as Romaine lettuce, fennel, and basil too!

I’ve been watching the Delicata squash . . . one of my favorites. We have a few on the vine, and they are coming along nicely. You can see one hidden in the leaves below. It will be a while until harvest, but it’s SO worth the wait!

Now that summer is officially here, how will you enjoy some self care time? Do you have a favorite way to decompress?

However you decide spend that precious free time, make it a priority each week. Take care of yourself!