In our crazy days of nonstop schedules and ticker tapes of to-do’s we are overloaded, bogged down and just plain tired.
I say, “Today let’s give ourselves a gift!”
Let’s give ourselves a Sabbath…. a day of rest!
I’m a go getter, list checker and downright crazy lady sometimes when it comes to getting stuff done. I have a long list rolling off in my head….
- Put in a load of laundry, sweep the hallway, fold the blankets, brush the dog, make a list, water the plants, send emails, check up on that parishioner….
It is really endless because I continually add and don’t stop.
But I have gotten better. I have learned each week to give myself a Sabbath… a day of rest. A day away from the lists and the ‘to-do’s. Friends, it has given me back some sanity.
God knew what He was doing when He set the example and gave Himself a day of rest. A day to rest from all His work. We would be wise to do the same.
And maybe you’re like me, saying…. “I can’t rest. I’ve got too much to do.” But you know friend, there will always be stuff to do.
We are good at creating stuff. We thrive on busy in our culture. Busy tells us we’re important. Yet in reality, busy just wears us out.
So instead of staying busy, give yourself a gift… give yourself a Sabbath.
- Go outside, take a walk
- Swing in a park, slide down some slides
- Sit by a body of water and just rest
- Read a good, relaxing, funny book
- Do a crossword
- Take a nap
I know, you’re thinking “That would be lovely, Rachel, but ain’t nobody got time for that!” But friend, you do and you desperately need it. You need this gift.
When we take better care of ourselves, we can better care for others.
Here are some tips I have learned in taking a Sabbath
- Let the family know – sit down with the family and talk about what day is good and then stick with it. This way you are all on the same page and working toward the same goal of NO WORK!
- Have a meal plan – If you are still cooking and cleaning up, that’s work. In our family we have instilled OYO – On Your Own. This means breakfast/lunch are on your own. If your kids are young make it easy — PB& J sandwiches, fruit and chips… Pack a bagged lunch and sit outside on a blanket. The kids will love it! Dinner can be leftovers or go out to eat. If going out is not in the budget then throw in a pre-made casserole or a frozen pizza. Eat off paper plates and throw it all away.
- REST – sleep in, sip coffee slowly and stay in your pajama’s as long as possible! Unplug and go offline. Shut off the screens and take in the life sitting all around you. Incorporate some of the restful ideas listed above and take a day off!
If the idea of a whole day of rest overwhelms you, start slow. Take one morning or afternoon a week. Choose one evening with the family where it is just time together with no work involved.
You will find just a few hours of rest will work wonders in rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. You will come away rested because you have taken time away. When we care better for ourselves, we can better care for others!
Give yourself a wonderful gift… give yourself a Sabbath.
Jump into the conversation:
- What is the hardest thing about resting for you?
- What are ways you rest and relax?
- What are some idea’s you have for giving yourself a Sabbath?
We are linking up today with Kate and the gang at Five Minute Friday. Kate gives us a word prompt and we write and link up with encouraging words. If you’d like to join us, click here. Our word prompt today: GIFT.