Find Your Rest

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I am not so good about resting. You know, that intentional rest where you come out of it feeling revived and ready to conquer the world. When I say I’m resting, it’s more like just falling over in exhaustion and engaging in mindless activity. There is no feeling of relief. No feeling as if the weight of the world is being lifted, it’s just a few moments or hours of nothingness.

True rest is taking time to realign yourself. It’s getting back to your foundation. I am actually the most rested when I’m engaged in something that makes me come alive. Sometimes, it’s reading a book that speaks into my life, or spending time in God’s creation.

The beach is definitely one of my happy places. Last winter, I was able to spend a long weekend in So Cal. On my last day there, I decided to find the 101 and drive down the coast from Northern LA back down to Orange County. After a few missed turns and traffic adventures, there was the 101 and I hit Santa Monica. It was 7am…the place was a ghost town and it was so peaceful. Just some janitors, the seagulls, and me. I spent a few minutes watching the waves crash to the shore, letting my toes dig into the sand, and just spent some time being “still.” Serenity.

Unfortunately, I don’t live near a beach. I have to be a bit more intentional in my every day life to rest. Life can get really stressful. My job has many demands on my time and energy with ten new things added to the to-do list for every one that I accomplish. I’m learning to take time to read even just a chapter of a book or a few verses in the Bible, or roll around the floor with my dog, or have a life giving conversation to realign my focus.

It is very easy to just allow life to get in the way. To keep grinding away until there is little to nothing left. You can get lost in the hustle if you aren’t careful. Don’t let that happen to you. Be determined to find the time to rest and reboot.

Where do you find your rest?

 

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Welcome to 2014. The year of forward.

Forward

 

I am so excited to take another year to participate in One Word 365. This tribe has taught me the importance to not just make “resolutions” each year, but to have a word as a lens through which you look at your year in a new and special way.

As I looked back yesterday at how “Anticipate” shaped my 2013, I realized the next step in my journey. It has made the hard times easier to have a new sense of hope; to know that the negative doesn’t have to define me if I keep looking ahead and hoping for the positive. Admittingly, this is not the easiest thing to do. It is natural to take the setbacks in life and allow them to set you back.

When a dream you have still has not come to fruition.

When a promise is broken.

When you experience another heartache.

When you still struggle to keep your head above water.

In 2014, I want to learn how to keep moving forwardeven in the “desert.” I want to keep my eyes focused on the dreams and hopes I have and keep going toward those things. I want to continue to move forward into the person God wants me to be and toward what He has in store for my life. (If last year was any indicationI’m in for some AMAZING things ahead if I just keep moving FORWARD.)

What are your dreams for the next 365? How do you want to look back upon this year? How do you want to be different?