Yesterday we talked about a subject so simple, yet it’s one that I’ve struggled with for many years…

Taking time to rest.

This isn’t easy for those of us who like to be on the go, or who are wired in ways to stay busy. But as we discussed yesterday, it’s necessary for our health and well-being.

And, as we’re finding ourselves knee-deep in this Christmas season, it might be the most important thing we do for ourselves and our loved ones.

Take time to rest.

When you think of the word rest, what comes to your mind?

Today I’m thinking of it as a verb:

rest ::  to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing; to relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labor; to be quiet or still; to cease from motion, come to rest; stop

 

5 Ways To Rest This Christmas Season

5 ways to rest this Christmas season1 – It’s okay to say no.

This time of year is filled with many invitations to activities, concerts, gatherings, etc. I look at all I’ve been invited to in the next ten days, and my head spins. If I attended each one, I’d be gone from home every single evening until December 18th. While all these activities are good, and I’d like to go to each one, I can’t physically do that. I would be a train wreck at Christmas. I’m going to have to pass on some. It’s okay to say no, even to the good things. Give yourself permission to do so.

 

2 – Pause and ask, “Do I need to be doing this?”

We tend to have more on our to-do lists during the Christmas season, and for those of us who are wired to accomplish it all ourselves, that might not be such a great idea in regards to tackling too much on our own. We can ask ourselves some questions: “Do I need to be the one doing this?” “Can someone else do it?” “Is this activity truly necessary, or by passing on it would I have more peace?” Of what can you let go or ask for another’s help in doing it?

 

3 – Go to bed early a couple nights a week.

Shut things down early two nights a week and climb into bed earlier. It might not be easy to do, but plan it in your schedule if you have to. Your body will appreciate the extra ZZZZs.

 

4 – Take a nap.

A friend taught me years ago how a 20-minute tap in the afternoon can infuse life back into my tired body. Sometimes just sitting down and closing one’s eyes for a few minutes can give us the boost we need to finish the day strong.

 

5 – Spend time with God.

This is where we find true rest… rest for our souls.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

This rest that Jesus offers sounds lovely for today, doesn’t it? Starting our day off talking to God, reading His Word, and resting in His care throughout the day can refresh us, revive us, and keep us in tune with our Creator.

I’m praying we can each take moments in our day today and in the days to come to rest in Him.

What’s one way you can take time to rest today? I’d love to read about it below.

Blessings to you,

Julie

 

 

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