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Sunday is my designated day of rest, and I must tell you that having rest has made all of the difference in my life. I am so very grateful that I have been shown just how important it is to have rest and have embraced it to become a much more fulfilled and joyful person.Rest makes you realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you. Click To Tweet
Emily Freeman in Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World, Rachel Hollis in Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, and Jenn Wilkin in None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) all speak of how difficult it can be to make the decision to rest but how thankful they were that they made this choice.
Emily Freeman talks about how taking rest helped her to see her blessed smallness in the world. As a perfectionist, it was humiliating to realize that the world continued to turn when she took time to do nothing. She speaks of her joy in being small, that knowing God is so much bigger and is really the one who runs everything, takes such a great weight off of her shoulders.
Rachel Hollis speaks of how she absolutely hated the idea of not doing anything when her doctors told her to rest. She says though that she learned to intentionally take time to do nothing and found how freeing and beautiful it was to do so. Hollis mentions how she realized that everything did keep going even though she wasn’t there to oversee it.
Jenn Wilkin explains how our resting is an admission of how we are not God. We are not all powerful and therefore need rest. God even gave us an example of this in resting on the seventh day of creation.
There are many things I need to do daily to help ease my fibromyalgia pain. I must build rest into my daily schedule in order to release the tension from my sleeping and from work.
When I wake up I am usually sore and stiff. It can be quite painful to get out of bed. I remind myself that even getting out of bed is an accomplishment. So, I allow myself to take my time to get ready, building in that sense of rest, providing myself time to read my Bible and stretch, usually yoga poses. I ease into my day by listening to an audiobook (my current pick is Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis) as I drive to work.
As I come home from work, I listen to my audiobook as a way to come down from the stress of the day. When I walk into my home, I take a deep breath to let go of all that I left at work. Sometimes I will exercise to release tension, but what I truly look forward to is my nice soak in my warm bath while reading (my current picks are J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Finding God in My Loneliness).
I have found that building rest into my daily routine has helped my body to relax, hold less tension, and, therefore, be in less pain. I am so thankful that I have found a way to let go of stress through purposeful rest.
A stressed person gets sick more easily. My poor husband was a prime example of this recently. He has been dealing with some very difficult things at work which have caused him to not sleep as well. I am so very proud of him and his perseverance. He normally does not get sick. We like to joke that I’m the sick one in the family, but he recently became terribly sick.
He never takes days off of work, so I knew it was bad when he said that he was sent home from work because he was sick. I hated just how helpless I felt as I watched him shake with a fever and sweat so much that he would have to change his sheets to not be cold. I thought of how this must be what he feels every day I have a fibro flare as he watches me writhe in pain unable to do anything about it.
My husband had to take several days off of work to recover. As we discussed why we thought he might have gotten sick, my husband came to the most logical conclusion: he hadn’t been truly resting. Even when he was at home, his mind was still racing so much with thoughts of work that he had to distract himself with watching tv and being on his phone at the same time in order to drown out the noise in his mind. When he tried to sleep, he couldn’t do so without something in the background to drown out all of his thoughts.
I am so very thankful that I continue to learn the value and the practice of rest. It can be very difficult, especially as someone who wants to control everything so that it is “perfect”. I am glad that He has taught me rest and will continue to teach me rest for my entire life.
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