r e s t my dear

 You know what I'm learning? To stop. To stop when I feel a tug in my spirit. When I see a pretty view or pretty flowers, (as was the case in the photos above) but mostly to stop &  r e s t. I'm the kind of person who always finds herself busy and when I'm not busy it almost feels wrong. This is the state I have conditioned myself to be in and before quarantine it was my normal. In the last 5 months I've been slowed down, not particularly by my own will but I didn't know how much it would change my perspective on rest. I need it. You need it. But real rest, that doesn't have us watching TV while also on our phones while also thinking about all the things we should do later. Real rest is empty space. It is open, quiet space that once you make available God uses to fill your cup. You have to choose to rest and you have to let God in to it in order for it to be the fullest it can be. Listen to yourself, you know when you need to sit down, don't ignore those signs. Stop. Breathe.  . . . 

Your normal doesn't have to be chaotic.
Be more considerate with your time and energy. Stress is not normal. If you don't take the time to slow down now you will burn out later. It's not worth it to push yourself over the edge if you're just going to wind up falling back where you began. Consistency is the key to anything. Slow steps forward every single day changes your life. For me, reading my Bible multiple times a day has opened up new energy & new Joy that I didn't know I could have. Creating that consistent time feeding my soul and resting in God changes my entire day and my mood throughout. Rest in His presence as often as you can. Soak up more of God and you will be able to achieve all the little things you set your mind on.