Monday, January 4, 2010

Planning to do nothing, more

It was still dark when I kissed my husband goodbye as he headed back to work for the first time in ELEVEN days! I can't remember when we've had so much time w/ so little to do (ie. that needed to be done)....when my husband, in particular, rested SO much. We read, went to bed early, slept in late, began a still ongoing game of Monopoly w/ the kids, started a puzzle, spent lots of time by the fire, went for walks, spent good times w/ good friends & family, took a road trip to my sister's house & drank in the beauty afforded by taking the back roads to get there. In short, we enjoyed the ability to be flexible & spontaneous. We even managed to get some things done around the house that needed tending to - but somehow in that relaxed frame of mind - it all seemed more enjoyable/less like work ... & I think that's perhaps what I enjoyed most!

I feel refreshed. Hubby looks better than ever!

In our 24/7 society we've managed to find & make time to DO just about everything under the sun ... yet I really do not believe that is even close to what God intended when He created a time for everything. If it were, why would He have given us the gift of rest on a silver (Sabbath) platter?

For numerous reasons I wholeheartedly believe that REST is the key to doing more & to doing it well ... in a manner that is pleasing to God & both attainable & sustainable (healthy!) for us.

So ... while many are planning to do more & to do lots of things differently in 2010... I am going to dare to be different by planning to DO NOTHING (rest!) more often (ideally one day a week!) ... in hopes that the things I do will be less exhausting - & done w/ more excellence - from a heart motivated more by a desire to do good & less by a sense of obligation ... to "simply" do more.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

4 Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37: 3-4

And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,
because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 2:3


Yiota said...

I'll drink to being flexible and spontaneous! So glad you had such a great time! I love this post. Finding time to rest is what I need too. I think that will be my first (and only?) resolution for this year.
Have a blessed New Year!

MyStory of HiStory said...

Welcome Back, Yiota! So good to see you here :) I hope you have a restFULL new year :) Now I'm going to head over to see you at your place in cyberspace :)

Scattering Lupines said...

Oh, so glad to hear that. Husband and I were just talking about the SAME topic. I always notice how much sharper my students minds are after the break. Parents always worry that the time away will have a negative effect on their learning. Quite the opposite. They NEED the time away.

I urged Husband to take a day for HIM and he was so glad he did. He always uses his vacation days for traveling, which is NOT restful.

God says BE STILL. God says REST. He knows us best! Just because we can PHYSICALLY keep going and doing doesn't mean that our SPIRITS aren't often lagging far behind needing rest. That's what Husband and I were saying. Neat post!

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Good for you! I've thought about that for a while. I remember when stores were closed on Sundays. It was a time for families to be together, going to church, having a big dinner together.
I miss those days....

Hope you enjoy doing "nothing"!

Randi Sue said...

Sounds wonderful

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Good to be back visiting with you...and I LOVE this...I am with you all the way on this one....

I'll be back soon...

Missed you and glad we're back..