You Have Permission to Just Rest {PhotoJournal}

Sometimes all you can do is inhale and exhale. 
The vacuum seems so heavy. 
The laundry is overwhelming.

You're so tired you don't want to talk to anyone or do anything. 
Even the fun stuff is less inviting.

You just want to put your feet up...lie still in complete quiet

You have permission to rest. 
Take a real breather where you actually breathe.

That's what I've had to do the last few weeks. So I...

Admired my blooming tulips while I waited for my tea to brew.
Thought of soul beautiful people in my life...
and soft smiled for a long while.

Got comfy on the couch and snuggled with my pup.
Said prayers for my friends and fam who are facing challenges.

Got my pretty tea pot out and found some soft light by the window.
Put a tiny mum (from my sweet girl) in a tiny vase

Told our youngest to nap on his visit and soaked in his rest
It really made me breathe.

When you are empty, you have nothing to give. I say to my hubby, "I'm of no benefit to anyone or myself right now. I gotta have complete quiet."

My exhausted friend. You have permission to rest. I pray that you may find many moments for yourself.

Hugs from Hawaii,

Mark 6:30-31 ~ The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat.  (MSG) 

Mark 6:30- The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught.31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. (NIV)

Slowly sipping with Holley


Savoring sweet sips with Bonnie

  Beloved Brews Linkup

You Don't Have to 'Keep Up' ~ Breathing Room for Your Soul

It's a sweetly quieting statement...You don't have to keep up with everyone else's pace. 

You have permission to find God's unique rhythms. Rhythms He's written just for you.

On our own, we live a syncopated rhythm. Off beat. A chaotic pace. The song we sway to is suddenly interrupted and the beat shifts all over the place...over and over in one day.

But, what if you were still with God. Maybe several times throughout one day.
Quiet in his stillness until you found your rhythms.
Sweet flowing rhythms unique to your soul's flow.
A joyful quick beat or a slowing melody.

It's impossible to control the world's cadence. But your rhythm can overwhelm your soul above the other noises. Above another's timing.

You don't have to keep up with anyone else's pace. 

May you find breathing room for your soul by tapping your toes to the song God wrote just for you.

Hugs from Hawaii,

ps. Maybe you can find your rhythm by trying some of these cups of rest from the lovely Bonnie Gray at Click on the art below to access free printables at Bonnie's site.

Sipping shots of faith with Bonnie

Beloved Brews Linkup

Savoring a cuppa with Holley

Becoming :: A New Season of Rediscovery

Starting my day. The mornings.

I am having so much fun putting my hands to old interests being made new. It's been a slow attempt on my part. The doors have finally opened up time and energy I need to start. My soul already feels refreshed. Space made for soul breathing.

Hand lettering has been an interest since I was a teen. A friend and I would have so much fun at it. Last year, that was renewed in me. All of a sudden friends started to post photos of their practice right at the time I needed a spark.

Art was another teen interest. Airbrushing and charcoal was my interest back then. It's a whole century later. The area I want to explore is watercolor pencils and brush markers.

Tonight, my hubby takes me to pick some last few supplies. He's going to discover along with me. Always fun with a friend. I'm sure many mistakes will be made. I'm gonna keep those to remind me along the way that progress is a process. Mistakes can be fun too.

I would love to hear what your interests are. What new things have you tried? What have you found out about yourself that you never new before? 

I wanted to share these 28 shots to savor in trying new things. Some you might already do. Others you might want to start again. Still there might be a few new ones to explore. You never know what you might discover.

Happy first day of Spring and Hugs from Hawaii,

Originally posted at Faith Barista by my writing friend Bonnie Gray in February. 
The beautiful handwriting and art done by my friend Kelly Ishmael of Minding My Nest.

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Having some shots of faith with Bonnie today

Beloved Brews Linkup

Sipping with Holley too