. . . seems to be the mood for everyone as of recent. I don’t know if it’s the season, the economy or just the phase of life that everyone is in but it seems that people that I have immediate contact with are all feeling it.
I have to admit, I have to fend off the feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted right now as well. There’s one aspect of being overwhelmed (um . . . pregnancy?) that I’ll cover in another post . . . Outside of that, we’ve had several busy weeks with very very busy weekends and it seems like we don’t have any down time to speak of. Now, most of the things that are occupying our time are things we enjoy, like spending time with friends, or organizing events that we believe in, but still, when you end up running straight through your day, not stopping until your head hits your pillow, it can begin to feel overwhelming. Heck, I’ll say it, I’m overwhelmed. Sometimes, I just don’t want to be the reliable person anymore and I crave to just let the ball drop on something, but most of the time my sense of responsibility kicks in and I do whatever I’ve committed to.
I get overwhelmed when I look at my calendar and see that our weeks and weekends are booked full. I’ve told people several times recently, when they comment on my blog (outside of blogland) about the things that I cook or make and how I find time to do these things, that I don’t feel like I’m me if I don’t get to invest a little time doing these creative endeavors. Really, I don’t have the time to do these things. Believe me, my house is a mess because of it! But sometimes, that’s a worthwhile trade-off (until I look around and realize people are coming over to our house and it’s filthy!).
Thankfully, amidst feeling a little overwhelmed at times, I have a great support system of friends, coworkers and family that are praying for me and encouraging me. I think partially because of this support system, in a time of job instability (for both me and Jason), and many unknowns, I feel strangely calm. I know that these are not things worth stressing out over, that all will work out in the end, and that there are bigger, more exciting things happening in my life that outweigh the negativity of that stress! This is a bit of a new feeling for me because I tend to be quick to stress and worry. Maybe I’m actually taking these verses to heart after years of reciting them over and over in my head. 🙂
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . . your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25, 26, 31-34
I think there is truth in that saying that where you spend your time and your money is where your heart is. That makes me happy when I look at the things I spend most of my time on. I also believe that we are capable of hitting a wall and becoming ineffective if we don’t take time to rest. And resting doesn’t mean watching TV. I believe that there is wisdom in following Jesus’ actions when he withdrew from the crowds to rest – and we are not God or supermen/women. How much more do we need time to rest?
I always come back to this idea of having a day of rest. In theory it sounds amazing but in practice, I have a hard time saying no to things that I see worth in. We have practiced having days of rest before and it felt like it made such a difference in all areas of my life. I felt much calmer, less likely to panic about little things and just overall more capable of giving myself fully to whatever I was investing in.
Do you guys practice times of rest? What feels most effective to you to restore your spirit and mind?