A Recipe for Rest.

A Recipe for Rest

Yesterday I wrote about getting into a “work” mentality. Having the accountability within myself to get the next thing done. It’s a real battle for me to overcome the temptation to seek after the easy life.

But barreling through and having an all work no play attitude isn’t helpful either.

So I’ve developed a recipe for rest that helps me not only create balance in my chaos but it also empowers me to fight against the 7 lies that keep me from rest.

Recipe for Rest:

  1. For every activity, decide in advance when you’ll stop. This may seem a little overkill on the planning side, but it helps me budget my time well. {Here’s more on how I use a time budget.}
  2. Know your limits. I get overwhelmed easily, and if I start to feel overspent on an activity then I want to give up. But when I know how long a task will take me, or I know how much energy it will cost me – I can plan for how to better accomplish the task. And if I need to I can choose to break the task up into smaller parts.
  3. Take notes so that you can pick up where you left off. This goes hand and glove with #2. When I need to take a break from writing, but I’ve just gotten to the good part – I jot the idea down quickly. Or when accomplishing the “to-do” list that is my life, I’ll write down progress on a task that’s started but not yet finished.
  4. Develop self-control. No one can do it all. No one can be in two places at once (and yelling down the stairs to answer a child’s question doesn’t count). Everyday we make thousands of choices with our time. The “no’s” are just as powerful as the “yes’s.”
  5. Identity. No one else can rest for you. Know your needs and commitments. Untangle what you do from who you are and make peace with rest.
  6. Keep your heart and mind focused on the truth. Rest is commanded for the believer, and we find our rest in Christ. True rest must originate from a relationship not simply relaxation. Meditating on scripture has allowed me to rest even in the middle of chaotic circumstances. I have known the deepest rest when my trust has been in the Right Person and not in myself.
  7. Set goals for the future wisely. One sure fire way to burn out is to fail to factor rest into your routine. So make sure to have anchors in place that allow for consistency without having to reinvent the wheel each week.

Rest is a sacred and wonderful blessing to be enjoyed, but as a busy mom I’ve missed out on it for the sake of “getting more done.”

It wasn’t until I listened to a message on rest and work that my heart began to change. I realized I wasn’t honoring God with all my “gotta work harders” and my “no rest for the wearies.” I couldn’t find rest in my own strength and I wasn’t enjoying my work to the fullest either because my efforts were out of balance.

What helps you keep rest and work in balance?

If you’re feeling out of balance, may I recommend Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Morning’s course? You may be delightfully surprised to find out that the first area she makes over is rest. It’s so important to living a purposeful life, and it comes before setting goals and getting the To-Dos done.

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