When Raleigh and I were in college, we loved Sunday afternoons. We would retreat to his trailer after church (we loved First Baptist Opelika!), eat Firehouse Subs (He the Hero, me the classic turkey) and then enjoy the afternoon on the couch. That is when he introduced me to his favorite movies such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and any superhero movie he could get his hands on. Of course I watched them because I was the good girlfriend and now I get major bonus points when I can name a quote from one of those movies. We took time away from school, sororites/fraternities, activities, and just relaxed. Where did those days go?
Today, our pastor reminded us of the importance of rest. He used two examples that struck me. The first one was about his friend that was a marathon runner. He said that his friend had four different pairs of tennis shoes that he would rotate running in so the cushion and soles of the shoes could last longer. He then told a story about how farmers rotate crops every year so the previous year's crop could rest. What he said next struck me. He said:
If shoes have to rest, and crops have to rest, and even GOD had to rest after he created the Earth the first six days, then why do we think we can't?
We are so busy and often feel guilty to rest. Today, I have to admit that is a problem of mine. When we got home from church today, the girls took an early nap so Raleigh and I ate lunch (corn dogs) on the couch and finished watching Tron (my husband hasn't changed his movie tastes!). I had two Christmas dresses that needed to be smocked, two tu-tu's that were halfway complete, and one bag of Easter dress material that I have yet to pull and cut. Even though all of that pretty fabric was tempting me from my side table, I resisted the urge to work. For one hour, we sat next to one another and watched the end of a movie. It was so nice to relax.
Do you have trouble relaxing too? In what ways do you take a break?
Till next time, let your light shine!
Truth #1 – The Truth
Truth #2 – I hate laundry
Truth #3 – I’m bad at memorization
Truth #4 – My dogs drive me crazy
Truth #5 – I’m scared at getting in trouble
Truth #7 – I was nervous to start N2S
Truth #8 – I like to dance
Truth #9 – I enjoy a simple life
Truth #11 -I love a clean closet
Truth #12 – I am never satisfied with me
Truth #13 – I have a short temper
Truth #14 – I love things
Truth #15 – I sew to make memories
Truth #16 – How I define success
Truth #17 – I desire to be the best that I can be
Truth #18 – I love to decorate
Truth #19 – I feel shame daily
Truth #20 – I love blogging
Truth #21 – I have control issues
Truth #22 - Nature brings forth peace