If I am honest I need rest BIG TIME. But not the kind of rest you are thinking. I don’t need to rest because I am always on the go. I don’t mean rest because I have worked out too much. Those things don’t happen much for me because I physically can not. My body hasn’t been kind to me in the last 6 years. 4 foot surgeries, 1 gall bladder removal, 1 infected port/lapband removal, 1 partial kidney/tumor removal...all wrapped up in a bow of nerve damage (kidney surgery) causing 24/7 nerve pain. I can’t sleep laying down (so when on vacation, like we are currently, I have to sleep sitting in a chair😞). I can’t spend more than about 30 minutes on my feet without pain ensueing (so our day exploring the Grand Canyon was equally amazing and painful). I am a very strong woman and I can put a happy face on 93% of the time so most people don’t know the pain I am in. So... this means I need to rest...for my mind.
I have been focusing on something old but in a new way. I have always used chats with God as a way to calm my mind but in all honesty I do it too sporadically and the pain is constant. Now I am trying to do it in a rhythm! This verse from Matthew 11 has been my guide lately. “Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” Matthew 11:29 MSG Unforced rhythms of grace. ❤️ I am aiming to be continually aware of Who is walking beside me, Who I am working with, and watching how He does it. I am learning the rhythm. I pay attention to the God things in all the little moments of the day. I breath slower and more intentionally. All to find my rhythm. Does it take the pain away? NO. 😥 But what it does do is teach me how to rest my mind so I can live better with the pain.
I have been taking wisdom from @ruthielindsey and @bymariandrew on how they live with their own kind of pain. I would highly recommend following these gals!
Do you need this kind of rest too? If so, then your #weekendmarchingorders
are to identify the unforced rhythm of grace in your life... and rest. Double tap if you are up for trying this with me!
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