Making Time for Rest

Working hard is something I have always known how to do.

I’d have to blame it on my parents who were, and are, two of the hardest working people I know.  They’ve always worked more than 40 hours per week and that was before the real work of family and church obligations.

What I don’t recall my parents ever doing was resting.

When I became a mother, I walked right into the same pattern.

Four kids, two jobs, long hours, early mornings, late nights. I could do all of that without blinking.

My kids were so used to me overworking at one point, that my oldest used to say she always knew when I was pregnant because it was the only time I seemed to slow down or even take a nap.  There was a time that I slowed down a few years ago and it had nothing to do with a pregnancy.

I still remember the time in my life very vividly.

It was a time of extreme emotional and financial stress and like many times in my life, I dug my heels in committed to making the best of every difficult moment and keeping a smiling face for my kids.

But inside I was exhausted, mentally and physically.

Finally, my body made me do what my mind wouldn’t, rest.  A untimely, and dreadfully painful bout of Shingles forced me to my bed and after antivirals and apple cider vinegar, I was on the mend and I had learned a valuable lesson.

Rest is not something that just happens, it is essential.

It’s taken me another 5 or so years to get really good at rest, knowing when I’m overdue and being better about scheduling it regularly so that overwhelm doesn’t take over. I’ve learned that rest is a biblical principle which was designed to renew us and helps us be better parents, spouses and professionals.

One of the things I LOVE doing during my rest time is reading.  In addition to getting great information, I find myself energized when I connect with an author or even a character.  So when I got the chance to work with Family Christian Bookstore to promote their summer BOGO50% off sale, you know I ran straight to the store looking for a great new read.

Before I went into the store I was convinced I would pick up a copy of Jesus is Calling having seen some quotes from the book on Instagram.  But the in store displays boasted hundreds of titles to choose from. But the 50% deal isn’t just for books, it means that right now even movies like our family favorite War Room are beyond affordable.

But as I shopped through the aisles I stumbled upon a few things that fit perfectly with my goal of revitalizing my rest time.  Something for my morning devotion time and a something to share with my girls. After all, rest isn’t just about sleep it’s about removing distractions and allowing yourself to be refilled.

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My mornings are a precious time for rest.

Not around your house? Hear me out.

The first hours of the day set the tone for everything that follows and I personally like to get my rest in early to keep my going throughout the day. I rarely sleep in but one of the reasons I started my coaching practices was to have more time at home with my children.  I like starting our mornings gently and my day seems to go smoother.  One of the things I have learned, is that rest can’t wait. If we wait until everything is done, which never happens, we get less and less done along the way.  The alternative is trying to do it all on your own, and that’s why I hear lots of moms, frazzled and stressed, complaining about feeling overwhelmed, stressed and unhappy, just like I was a few years back.  I longed for the day when there would be a good time for rest, but now I know I control my schedule and my priorities have to be clear.

Now in all fairness, I did get my books for free, as a part of working with this promotion, but hey, you’ve got a chance to win too! Simply comment on this post before Monday, August 22 and you’ll have a chance to win a FREE $25 gift certificate too!  There are literally thousands of books and resources available at Family Christian Bookstore for you whether you’re looking for rest, rejuvenation or even a little inspiration. Take a look at the sale here.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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