God is teaching me so much as I continue through Lisa Hite’s 40 Day One Word Lenten Challenge. Yes, I know Lent is long gone, but I’m slow (in more ways than one). Day 27’s activity was to list 22 ways you can live your One Word in 2022. With your indulgence, I’d like to share my list in order to explain how I’ve been living and learning so far this year. They may not all make sense to you since you aren’t inside my brain (lucky for you), but the list as a whole paints a picture.
Living and Learning to Rest in 2022
- be more intentional about sabbathing (can sabbath be a verb?)
- have days I don’t produce
- pray more – especially when I start to worry
- befriend my emotions
- use avoidance techniques less
- let myself read before it’s bedtime
- plan more friend time
- call Patsy (my best friend) more
- have some moments of doing nothing – and be ok
- plan more fun – Top Golf? another scavenger hunt? explore trails when walking?
- complain less
- work a puzzle
- stay in the word
- read Another Gospel? to increase trust
- listen to music and sing more
- game nights
- watch funny things
- be comfy as much as possible
- ask for what I need
- continue pursuing pain relief
- go on house- looking drives
- seek out new places/ experiences
Here’s where I remind you that my word focus for the year is rest. It goes hand in hand with last year’s word – trust. Here’s what I learned about myself as I made this list. Being unproductive is a big struggle for me. I already knew this and yet began to see the issue differently in light of what rest means for me. I wrestle with resting in and trusting God because I think I need to be working all the time. Or maybe I think I need to be working all the time because I struggle with resting in God. Whichever way, the two are tightly connected!
This sounds like a strange conclusion for me to draw since I only work part time 1-2 days a week. But that’s the work I do to make money. I also take care of a house and family, spend time studying God’s Word and writing this blog and I stay involved in my church. I often hear the clock ticking on all the things I “need” to do. Which is exactly where I’m getting myself in trouble.
My second lesson from this exercise? Play = rest to me. Even though I’m not physically resting, time spent with family and friends laughing, playing games and trying new things rejuvenates me. And as I’ve ruminated on this, I believe more fun and enjoyment would decrease stress and actually increase trust in God. You know – more abundant living. When my life is not all work and struggle, I feel more peace.
Two weeks ago I shared with you a journal entry on play. This prompt came from a book I read. It’s totally unrelated to my One Word work. And yet, God often speaks to me in two’s. Probably because I don’t listen well the first time. So I’m not sure I would have make the play to rest connection had I not already journaled about it.
More play would force me to stop being so productive. If I’m not producing all of the time, I’m leaving room for God’s provision and I’m in better position to watch Him move. And He does promise He’ll move for me. I’m going to make some changes so I can rest in that.
“O Lord, You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till they rest in You.” – from Augustine’s Confessions
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