Monday, January 14, 2013

Do you?

 Rest.  Something I'm horrible at.  I had a flurry of creating all week as I prepared for my shop re-opening (end of next week?) which spilled over into my personal space and I just didn't stop.  Literally we were eating cereal and leftovers, and every surface was covered in half-completed projects.  Saturday night I applied myself like crazy, whipped out a bunch of things, and then firmly set the rest aside... and out of sight.  It's the only way my heart and mind can process rest on Sunday. 

And so I rested.  Sunshine spilled into our house and I continued reading Plan B.  It's doing deep, fantastic things inside of my heart and under my skin.  I can feel it.  Sometimes tears roll... other times a sigh from my toes escapes, but always my hands are reaching. Reaching for this change, reaching for this healing.  Reaching.  And resting in the moment, assured of what is yet to come.  

I sipped hot tea.  I laid on my bed.  I read.  I reflected and prayed.  I savored the taste of some m&m's and appreciated the warmth of my favorite slippers.  I did little moments of nothing.  I watched kids play.  I photographed bits of pretty.  I simply enjoyed. 










 It was heaven sent and I remembered suddenly, how often I forget the overwhelming balm of rest as it seeps into the cracks of my harried, busy, list-laden soul. 

Do you rest? 




21 comments:

  1. I am terrible at the rest part too. Even when I get the physical side of rest, my brain often will not be quiet for me to truly enjoy it. Yesterday was the exception and I hope the beginning of something beautiful. It was total rest day, enjoyed my family, we had some friends randomly stop by with lunch. It was glorious!
    After reading your post about the book Plan B I think I will go look for it. I love a good "deep work" kind of book!
    Happy Monday Sasha

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  2. Oh I alomost forgot! I am loving the little strung hearts, subtle yet deliciously adorable!

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  3. I'm resting right now - and honestly, when I do consciously rest it's usually because my body is making me to do so in one way or another. ;)

    I love visiting your blog. It's like a bit of rest for my soul. Sincerely. There's always beauty to be experienced, in one way or another. I need to come back more often.

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  4. Nope, I don't rest enough and just do nothing. Don't sleep enough either. Decided this morning that the computer is being switched off at 10.30pm so I am not reading blogs till way past midnight!! Thanks for bringing this to my attention, gonna see what I can do. Love your little hearts and your love garland, looking forward to seeing what you have been creating. Enjoy your week and hope you get plenty of rest :)

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  5. Reading forces me to rest and I love to read. As I get older I find myself falling asleep when I try to read. Yuck...don't like that!
    Your home looks so beautiful and airy and inviting and cozy! I want to move in!!

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  6. I like rest, especially sleep, but I deal with guilt and feeling lazy when I do. Sometimes it's hard for me to sleep because I can't settle all the thoughts of what I need to be doing. :/ I love all the sweet little projects you've been sharing lately. Can't wait for your shop to open. :)

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  7. I am not certian why it is that I always forget to rest until it is almost too late. I feel that thing in me snap when my limit has been reached and then I may get snippy or withdrawn or irritable. Rest is oh so important! I thought your description of rest was so beautiful. I am reading a book about reclaiming sabbath, not necessarily the common meaning of the word Sabbath as in Saturday or Sunday when the world use to actually shut down and rest and spend time with GOd and their families, but the same idea for one's own self. It is interesting that our society doesn't take the time to really and truly rest anymore. I think we would all be the better for it if that practice came back as the norm. Thanks for such a wonderfully thought provoking post!

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  8. Beautiful post. I am horrible at rest. And just recently I'm realizing how unhealthy that is. I'm praying to find ways to create a true Sabbath on Sundays.... to focus our heads and hearts on rest that one day each week. Maybe it's the fact I am not sleeping well... but God seems to be showing me signs that rest is so incredibly necessary! And by the way.... your day sounds PERFECT! Good for you to find that peace in the midst of the busy.

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  9. wish you could whip that up for me right now...oh wait i couldn't eat it. waaaaaaa. love the hearts...my basement is heartpalooza. and i keep forgetting to snap a pic for you. i'm on it. i'll do it, pinky swear!

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  10. love the crafting you've done this weekend....you were busy!
    I could look at that yellow/gray bedroom all day long.

    Yes. I do rest. I have to...my soul requires it.

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  11. It is so hard for me to do nothing. I was born a multi tasker and just resting is sometimes more difficult than running full steam ahead. I have come to enjoy my quiet time in the morning and have learned to shut out the breakfast dishes and the unfolded laundry and just bask in HIs presence. My next goal is to offer Him my Sunday as well. Thank you for the beautiful encouragement. Patty

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  12. I have the flu right now and even with the flu, I have a hard time resting. Tehre is laundry that needs to be done and tidying up, and meals to prepped.... I love the soft colors in your home.

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  13. sundays are my favorite. and i'm really bad at rest, too. but i remind myself that i need rest to be productive, and sometimes i believe myself. ; ) glad you enjoyed your day yesterday. also, please tell me the hearts are staying?? : )

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  14. I've thought often about this word. And how in Hebrews it says for us to "labor or strive" to enter God's rest. That always seemed contradictory. But I think, in part, it is doing what you did- setting aside things so that you could wholly focus on REST. Really, there could be a whole book written on this, just to explain it all.

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  15. I love this post Sasha. I looked for Plan B but couldn't find it online. I always think I am the only harried mom who doesn't take a breath because I have anxiety, but I guess I am not alone. Pictures of you house always calm me. I would pay money to spend a weekend in your guest room sipping tea and reading a book! XO

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  16. I am trying to enjoy our evenings at home and really soak in the rest that comes with them. We've had lazy dinners in the family room while watching movies (the rest of my house is trashed due to an indoor yard sale that I had last weekend - I still need to pack up the residue). So the family room has become a place of refuge <3

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  17. I take time most days to read outside in the afternoon. Nothing like it. Enjoy the rest, your soul will thank you.

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  18. Rest does not come naturally to me--but I am easing into the realization that it is so necessary to my well being which ripples into the lives and hearts of my husband and kids. A work in progress. That is what I am. . .

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  19. Hi!
    I found your blog by accident, and i immediately fell in love!
    I love your home, unique style with vintage pieces!
    I alsi love your creativity and you congratulations!
    XX
    Serena

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  20. Oh yes I do, my kids are adults, my mama is being cared for since we could no longer, I commute 450+ miles per week...It took awhile but I think I nailed it.
    Happy resting!

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  21. Oh my goodness....sigh.....
    I struggle with decorating. I'm all over the place. Cluttered.
    Please come decorate my house. With cute heart garland, too.
    Please.
    :)

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