taking time for rest

So, I took a couple of days off. Instead of the Write 31 Days challenge, it’s now the Write 29 Days challenge (hopefully!). The past couple of days have been hard and busy days.  I knew that if I would have written anything during those days, it would not have conveyed a very peaceful message. In the middle of my series about peace, life threw me a curveball and put me right back in my place.

I missed day 21 and 22 and I have been pretty hard on myself about it. I kept telling myself that I failed my challenge and I did fail, until I changed it to the 29 day challenge. That’s how I choose to roll with the punches. Instead of letting myself believe I have failed, I’m going to view it like I did if I missed an assignment in college. If I turn in the rest of my assignments I will have a 93.5% and that is still an A. To be honest, I thought I would have missed a day sooner than this. So, instead of beating myself up or giving up, I’m going to pick up where I left off. Taking time to rest is okay, even in the middle of a self-inflicted challenge.

…Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

You may only have very small increments of time to rest. Take them and make the most of them. You may not have the luxury of scheduling a whole week or even a day to decompress. Even if you only have an hour here and there, take it. If you only have a few minutes, take a deep breath and Google a few Scriptures about peace. I don’t know why, after all of the times that God has comforted me, that I am surprised by the peace He gives and how quickly my outlook changes when my focus shifts to Him.


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