Wednesday, June 25, 2014

protecting rest vs. fighting apathy


I know what I’m doing every weekend from now until the end of August. I can’t think of a sentence more exhausting. And while all the events on my calendar are exciting and joyful occasions, the introvert inside of me is wondering just when I’ll have time to recuperate. 

On top of that, it’s been a week and a half since our big move {and I’ve promised friends and family that I’ll be getting pictures up ASAP}. I have so many big ideas and projects for our new space - the list just keeps growing and growing.

But what am I doing? A whole lot of nothing.

Maybe it’s the new office hours at my workplace.
Maybe it’s that my husband’s been away for two weeks.
Maybe it’s the transition to a new place.
Maybe it’s just a big case of summer fever.

But I’m just so tired. 

And I’ve always been a big advocate of protecting rest - getting eight hours of sleep, saying no, reevaluating commitments. But how many episodes of How I Met Your Mother can one girl watch before “rest” turns into apathy?

I had Sunday afternoon and evening all to myself, and I can count on one hand how many times I got off the couch. I couldn’t even convince myself to shut down Pinterest long enough to open up a new Google doc and write a blog post. 

“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength.”
~Isaiah 30:15

But through the Book of Proverbs, God also says:
“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
~Proverbs 13:4

Where’s the boundary between protecting rest and fighting apathy? At what point do I go from gaining strength to creating a craving soul? 

I don’t know about you, but I’m praying for a diligent soul that is richly supplied this week. I pray that for you, too.

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