Friday March 14, 2014
Who wouldn’t praise rest?
We all need it—crave it, in fact—yet we turn our backs on rest and turn back to our tasks.
It’s so easy to buy into society’s notion that work equals worth…but that never brings peace.
Stay tuned for my fifth favorite today, as usual a quote—one that extols the value of rest.
I'm joining the ladies of Friday's Fave Five today as we recount the blessings of the week. Won't you join us?
My favorites this week:
1. Time. Spring Break this week has yielded time to read, write, wonder, plan, create. It has been wonderful.
2. Lunch out! My hubby just called and offered to take me to lunch. Another perk of Spring Break!
3. The beginnings of a book proposal. I got a major brainstorm while at Florida Christian Writers Conference, and I’m working on a proposal. I’m excited!
Bonus #3: The opportunity to guest post this week, where I shared the story of amazing lessons learned in the darkness. And Adelle Gabrielson, my host, made a beautiful pin you can see here on my blog and at her place.
4. Oklahoma! The next couple of weeks promise to be busy ones, as we near opening night for Oklahoma!, our school’s spring musical. Love Rodgers and Hammerstein, and love the kids of the cast and crew!
5. A quote:
“O day of rest! How beautiful, how fair.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
I’ve had several “rest days” this week, and they have indeed been beautiful and fair. They make me long for more days of rest, but they also give me fuel to go on.
You’re getting two quotes for the price of one today because I have to share what Shelly Miller wrote on the subject:
“[R]esiliency is fueled from previous rest periods, of quiet and stillness abiding in His presence. By neglecting Sabbath for work, the result is often a lesson in futility...When we allow our outside environment to dictate our inner worth, identity becomes lopsided…Abiding in Christ through routine rest is the secret to flourishing….”
Too often, I let my outside environment dictate my inner worth, and tasks take over.
Wadworth’s quote is short, sweet, and easy to remember: “O day of rest! How beautiful, how fair.”
Wishing you times of rest this week,