Friday, September 30, 2011

Lazy Day Nuggets

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First, I have to say...

Thank you.  

If I could hug all of you that left such inspiring precious comments last week, I so would.  Your interest and support blew me away and God used it to impress the importance of the journey that was yesterday.

My day was beyond refreshing and began with a text from my friend that really urged me to do this in the first place.  Her text said this:
Check out this verse for you:  Exodus 14:14..."The LORD will fight for you.  He will give you rest."
It made my heart soar -- God fought for me to have this day and to have it without guilt, without shame, without nagging feelings of what I "should" be doing.

The whole day, I just felt like God was smiling.  He was so present in this gentle way, leaving me gifts of joy, peace, and love throughout my day.

All of your advice, like I said, was helpful.  I particularly want to share that the idea that Sandy left for me.  Her comment really blew me away and gave me a really practical way to practice the Sabbath before it even began.  Sandy writes (to see her whole comment, go here):
I guess one of my biggest problems with taking a day off is all the work that piles up if I don't stay on top of it. It almost feels like punishment, ya know? Like, it's not really worth it to do "nothing" because the NEXT day, I'll have to do twice as much work--and I'm already feeling overwhelmed! It doesn't feel worth it, after the fact.
Maybe on days that I want to do nothing or take a Sabbath or be "lazy" or whatever, I have to prepare for it? I have to make sure my laundry is caught up. I have to plan ahead for meals (even if that means we order pizza and eat left overs.) Maybe we will eat off paper plates that day so I don't have to do dishes. 
I prepared all Wednesday.  I tried to take care of anything that I felt like would be hanging over my head. The things I didn't get done (like my class for next Monday), God just showed me enough to know that I had a good head start and not to worry about it.

So what did I do?

  • I stayed home, in a tank top and yoga pants.
  • I did not make my bed.
  • I watched three episodes of The Unsellables on HGTV.
  • I read about 250 pages in my Nelson DeMille book.
  • I read my Bible.
  • I played Words with Friends.  And Hanging with Friends (a game in which I am decidedly not very good).
  • I read the newspaper.  My favorite part is the funnies.
  • I sat outside.  At one point, I looked up from my book and was staring at the clouds and this bright yellow-breasted bird flew right over my head. It was beautiful and will be the inspiration for the painting Deidra won from the giveaway a few weeks ago.
  • I thought about actually painting. The painting part sounded good, but not the get-everything-out-and-put-everything-away part.  And so, I didn't.
  • I did yoga -- not super intense, but free flowing.  And when I was done, I laid on my mat and listened to one of my favorite songs.  I. just. laid. there.  On. the. floor.  (if this doesn't speak progress, I don't know what does.)
So, this about sums it up, friends.  Except for this little idea:

I think I might do it again next week.  {gasp!}  

It is biblical, you know...

Linking with Michelle for Caffeinated Randomness.

16 comments :

  1. I am so glad your lazy day was a true blessing. And that woman has good advice - plan ahead!

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  2. I love that I can hear the "cheerfulness" back in your words :) What a blessing it can be to just rest and let it go. Beautiful photo!

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  3. So glad you enjoyed your day of rest, Jen. Sounds like it was truly wonderful. :) Many blessings to you as you continue this path of rest.

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  4. Hooray for you! It sounds like you might be on to something here....

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  5. Woo Hoo! :) I'm so happy for you, Jen!! And I think YES for next week too!
    Enjoy your weekend!
    Cindy :)

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  6. In our spiritual lives, too, we are often slaves to productivity. We want to accomplish all sorts of holy tasks. But I think there must be a sense in which our souls need to be lazy with God, abiding in a knowingness that Christ has accomplished all the necessary work. We often rely on ourselves too much.

    Sometimes, sharing a french-pressed moment with God might be exactly the pleasing aroma for which He longs. It tastes of sacrifice, too.

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  7. That is one of my favourite verses!
    "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."

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  8. Sounds like a blessed day, Jen! I remember making note of Sandy's helpful advice, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and reactions.

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  9. What a blessed day you had Jen!

    Absolutely lovely :)

    m.b.

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  10. Yay, you! Sounds like a great day to me.

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  11. Love this, Jen -- your day sounds perfect. And you know what? Your day of rest inspired me to take one of my own -- no lie! For most of the day on Friday I did nothing. I took a mini-retreat on my back patio, and read an entire book in one day. An entire book, can you believe it? It was bliss. So thank you, friend. You are an inspiration!

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  12. So proud of you for embracing rest and the yoga pants.

    Rest can be very hard for me...um, this I'm sure you know.

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  13. This is fantastic - cheering for you!!

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  14. Beautiful picture of a Sabbath!
    I must have missed this part...where was the fam?

    I love the idea of 'preparing ahead' for Sabbath - and yet, no amount of preparation will change the fact that little ones cry for mommy & need diaper changes & have to be cleaned up after mealtime, etc. I'm not convinced a true Sabbath can happen for a mommy unless the little ones are elsewhere!

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