Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 15: I totally forgot to write this yesterday. My bad!
If you saw my posts about my face swelling up or any of the posts about my fragile mental states in the past, then you know that I suck at self-care. So I often collapse mentally and physically. My poems and posts and statuses and pics relay this message as I fall down the hole of despair.
The concept of rest is one that Americans look over. People who choose to not
Once we moved to Nashville, I determined that I desperately needed to change my way of thinking about my self-care. So I determined that every Saturday be a day of caring for myself. No matter what, I only do what I want to do for the greater portion of the day. Yesterday was a day of lying around and watching reruns on Hulu in between prayer, mmessing around with my kids, a little time cleaning, and a little cooking. It is really great, because I see women around the world on social media doing exactly what I am going–there is even a hashtag: #SelfcareSaturday!
But in reality, God has offered us rest from the foundations of the earth. From Genesis all the way to Revelation, God gives us example after example of the rest that He has offered to those who choose to be His children.
I thank God for opportunity onto refresh myself. I am grateful for a family who gives me the space to do that, and for the renewed strength that comes from taking a break from life each week so that I can be the best servant that I can be.
“To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
Isaiah 28:12 KJV
“Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.”
Exodus 34:21 KJV
“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”
Hebrews 4:3 KJV
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