Category Archives: Rest

A New Way to Think About a New Day . . .

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Last fall I lit up when I read “Short Monday Poem” by Ellen Grace Olinger on Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin:

Monday
and planning
the week
what will grow
what should rest

What a lovely way to frame a new week . . . or month . . . or year . . . or even a day. Now when I make a to-do list, I find myself prayerfully asking, “What needs to grow? What needs to rest?” I even made a chart to share with my writing group. We can put our writing or personal goals at the top (Find more time to write? Feel more energized? Learn to ______?) and then list what needs to grow and rest in order to accomplish the goal. Thank you so much for inspiring me, Ellen!  P.S. My blog is on my “rest” list for a bit while I finish three big projects for work. I’ll be back for Valentine’s Day! ♥

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The Sabbath Box

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At yesterday’s women’s retreat, we learned that Sabbath is a Hebrew word that means “cessation” and spent the day talking and reflecting on ways to make more Sabbath time in our busy, fast-paced lives. My favorite new idea is to use a “Sabbath box” to formalize a time–whether an hour, an afternoon, or a day–for rest and renewal. One way to use the Sabbath box is to put actual items in it, such as your cell phone (a break from electronic demands) or car keys (a break from running errands). Another way is to put your to-do list in the box until you are refreshed and ready to tackle it again. A third way is to list your cares and worries on strips of paper and place them the box, giving yourself permission to put them aside for the time being. Then go for a walk, take a nap, read a book, listen to music, create something, write in your journal, pray, spend time with a friend or loved one . . . whatever brings you peace and joy. Any box will do! ♥