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Sunday, July 28, 2013

R.E.S.T.

i went with the flow, and came up with a 'word' for this year. it was REST.

i chuckled to myself when it popped into my mind- my life has been so unrestful for so many decades that i'm a stranger to inactivity of body and mind. i have a very hard time doing nothing. often i've done 3 things at the same time...although that ability is slowly lessening with age, and that's probably a good thing. multitasking is highly overrated.

so, to review.

rest.

surprisingly, so far this year has had a lot of pockets of rest in it. some months were hard with lots of driving, working, gardening (i'm making soil, you know!) and so on.

but there have been spaces in between, where i've sat down and looked around and actually not done anything, not moved, just sat and listened to the quiet.

and enjoyed it!

and today, halfway through the year, i came across this in my devotions...

"Where the soul lives, lives God; His day, His world,
No phantom mists need mar;
His starry nights are tents of peace unfurled:
Rest where you are."

"Rest is not a sedative for the sick, but a tonic for the strong. it spells emancipation, illumination, transformation. it saves us from becoming slaves even of good works."

i am learning to be emancipated- from the endless sweeping tide of crises and emergencies and things that must be done. (must they?)

thank you, lord, for rest.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

times of refreshing

for the first time in quite possibly a decade, a vacation that was really a vacation happened...this past june/july.

we covered a lot of ground. half-way around the planet- to the family and friends we need to see at least once a year.

mostly grandchildren.

oh, and the elderly parents.

in past trips, we've gotten sick, had terrible jet lag, been so exhausted we couldn't even enjoy it.

this time was different.

may have had something to do with a very sweet generous son who booked us into a fancy hotel for the first 3 days so we could rest. what a blessing.

thank you to all who generously entertained us, though...children, sisters, brothers, friends.

we love you all.

and we are refreshed.