Friday, September 10, 2010

R & R?

Yesterday around noon I began feeling a little sniffly. Within the hour I noticed that my throat was a bit sore. Before the clock struck the next half hour, my head began pulsating from its inner cavities. Hello, fall head cold!

I hate being sick. Nothing is worse than feeling both gross AND useless. Yet I suspect that, at times, it is exactly what I need.

I am always first in line to offer a new mom advice, "Nap lots. Ignore the housework - you can get caught up later. For now, make sure you get enough rest." Taking that same advice in my own life, though, feels frivolous. After all, I am not a new mom. I am not even a particularly busy mom of little ones anymore (come on, I have two mornings per week child-free!).

We live in a "go, go, go" culture and it is uncommon (scorned, even) when people take the time to stop and rest. But God calls us to rest. In fact, He commands us to take one day per week, set it aside, make it Holy, do no work, and rest in His presence. (see Exodus 20:8)

As much as being sick stinks, I am going to do my best to look at it as a blessing - an opportunity for rest. I wouldn't go so far as to suggest that God caused me to be sick, but I do believe He is using it to remind me of what my body and soul need on a regular basis. I wonder, if I took time to rest regularly, would have gotten sick at all? Hmmm...

The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest." ~Exodus 33:14


  1. Sorry you're sick. We are in recovery mode over here. I'm hoping this will get us off the hook for the rest of the winter.

  2. That is a hard way to get a break, but I had to do it last week. Went to bed at like 8:30 almost every night for a week!

  3. First time here and I'm glad I bounced over. I really like your blog and the thoughts you have going on here.

    I have to admit I didn't know the Titus verse, but wow, so glad I do now! What a life verse.

    As for the being sick, yes society tells us we are much too productive a people to be sick. We have things to do and do FAST. Hope you are feeling better and hope you got sometime to just sick back and be.

    Nice meeting you!

  4. Being sick as a mom is the worst....but it's amazing how all the things "that just have to be done now!" when you are well can be put off for a day or two....always makes me wonder, how urgent are all these "things?" And how come I can't take a break from them more often while I'm well??

    Rest up, lots of fluids, and some fun TV time (for both Mom and kids!) And remember that cereal for dinner is a perfectly acceptable meal choice:)

  5. AMEN sista' Rest up! It is neccessary in ALL stages.

    BTW...LOVE the hair - not sure how long you have had it that way, but LOVE it!


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