Sleep…because when you wake, the work will still be there. 


SLEEP….On this topic still, I never used to understand what my husband meant when he said, “Sleep. Because when you wake, the work will still be there.”

Finally, one day it clicked. And when I labour too far into the night, I know I must give it to God. Rest in obedience and know that when I wake, the work will still be there. To serve, to love, to teach grace.

• PRAYER •

Lord, You are the giver of rest. Help me trust that You have everything under control, and that my job is not to juggle everything, but to hand all of my burdens over to You, the all-powerful, able, strong God. * * *

Excerpted from ‘God’s Peace for When You Can’t Sleep’, copyright Thomas Nelson.

#goodnight 💤

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Quitting Impression Management

 Today is day 2 of the #PrepareOurHeartsForAdvent Holy Yoga devotional.  See me #crescentlunge forward on my plight on this beautiful #HolyYoga journey.

It is also day 1 of my Bible reading plan on “Addicted To Busy: Recovery For The Rushed Soul” and the title is “Impression Management”.  How apt.

“For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the of pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.” ~1 John 2: 16 (NIV)

For my friends who know me well, I have declared November as my ‘Social Sabbatical’.  Some of my friends raise their eyebrows in disbelief, some with concern (as if I’ve gone crazy!), some perplexed, some in mockery and a rare few who have supported and encouraged me with no judgement.  It’s a funny exercise as I understand more about myself and of those truly understand me.  It’s not a judgement of my friends but an assessment of a phenomenon.  Either ways I am thankful to all my friends, laughing or empathising.

So, why this ‘Social Sabbatical’?

  1. Firstly, God knows I need rest and honour this temple [body] that God blesses me with. I talk about this a lot in my HoYo classes but frankly, I don’t practise it enough.
  2. Secondly, as any mum would know, life as a mother of two just gets more demanding with real responsibilities that is beyond just pleasing myself.
  3. Thirdly, the closer I have become to the Word, the more I have realised that I need to invest into living it out.  And that includes carving time out for it.  To read the Bible and spend time with the Lord.  Simple as that.
  4. I wanted to experiment what it would be like to be able to have time to and for myself and if anything disastrous was going to happen if I didn’t fill up my calendar from 8am -8pm.
  5. Lastly, I wanted to ‘prepare my heart for Christmas’; to create mindspace to soak in, muse over and digest the importance of the birthday of our Saviour.

I am now almost two thirds into my Social Sabbatical.  What have I learnt?

  1.  Not all friends appreciate it, nor understand it.  That’s ok..I had to push past people’s judgement and learnt to accept that I am here to please God, not man.
  2. For someone so extroverted as I am, it’s almost impossible to have a true “Social Sabbatical”.  Realistically, just keeping my weekdays free is a good start!  Don’t be too ambitious.
  3. I am a self-diagnosed sufferer of “Impression Management.”  I’ve realised that I have a tendency and habit of making myself busy for the sake of making life appear productive, both to myself and to the world.  If I have to be true to myself, it is Impression Management.  Surely, if my schedule is packed from 8am – 8pm, I’m going to start to sound like Sheryl Sandberg, right?  ….Right?? ..  How I measure my self worth hasn’t really been rooted in Christ.  I have been conforming with the worldly views of modern feminism. It is a confronting issue for me but I am facing it, even as I type now.  I don’t know how I can resolve this issue immediately but I know that this Sabbatical is a good start.
  4. Indeed, no one dies and nothing disastrous happens when I don’t fill up my calendar with a ‘To-do’ in every single minute. In fact, the more I surrender and let God guide my daily tasks, the more effective I become with prioritisation of key tasks.
  5. The Word stays True to itself.  Indeed, the more I invest into it, the more peace and joy I get.  Nothing has been more rewarding than taking the time to meditate, slow down, and focus on Jesus.  When you invest time in a relationship, the relationship flourishes.  It’s funny how God has made us this way and we totally get it when it comes to human relationships yet it’s a hard concept to understand when it comes to a relationship with our King.  Funny, huh?

So far, I can say that the re-investment of finding time to ‘breathe’ and ‘being still’ have been the most rewarding.  I hear God.  I feel the Holy Spirit. I enjoy my prayer time.

“Rather, it should be that of the inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” ~1 Peter 3:4 (NIV)

Today, I will start letting go of my addiction to ‘Impression Management‘.  I need to stop being a slave to ‘busyness’.  It’s ok if I’m a ‘free’ person.  Indeed, I am free in Christ.  Now THIS is truly preparing my heart for advent.

 

Do You Take Rest Seriously? | Holy Yoga

“Today, I choose REST.”
 
The focus for my Holy Yoga class today was inspired by a blog post from Holy Yoga founder, Brooke Boon, earlier this year. 

“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.” -Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)

I never took rest seriously. In fact, I never realised how rest is a command and blessing, which is also a reflection of my faith in God. The fact that I am able to surrender it all to Him and trust in Him to take control over things, that I do not have to use my own ability to work every second of my life to make things work. Even our almighty God rested after He created the earth.

In class today, I spoke briefly about Jesus sleeping through the storm on the boat while his disciples worried. How can Jesus sleep through the storm and wind? Was it not faith and trust? Does it add single hour to our life if we do not rest? In fact, possibly the opposite. 

Do you take rest seriously? In this day and age, with technology signals ringing every minute and every where, it takes conscious effort to REST. 

Thank you to those who came to class today. You were all called to REST. My God bless you with stronger signals than the digital devices to call you when you need rest. May you all listen to Him and take time to REST… Because we know that in Him we trust.