Fresh Hope – Day 263

Many of you reading Fresh Hope today will be rushing to work.

The alarm clock did go off at the right time but the snooze button got pressed a few too many times to make for a relaxed start.

You’ve already had to battle with the daily chores that never go away, let alone the children that need feeding, dressing and transporting to school.

Your only hope is that the day will be kind to you and that you survive to repeat the whole thing again tomorrow.

Whether a single mom struggling alone, or a fully functional family, you live in a high-stress environment and as such, you need to know how to take care of yourself for the long haul.

Finding ways to distance yourself from the normal rat race is of utmost importance before you burn out and become of no use to anyone.

Downtime is not a waste of time.

Rest is different from laziness.

Rest rejuvenates while laziness deteriorates.

Your body’s cells need rest to rebuild themselves and fortify you for another day of challenges.

The problem with many hard working conscientious people is that we confuse rest with laziness and end up feeling guilty if and when we sit down and take time out for ourselves.

Rest is not an optional extra but an absolute necessity.

Find ways to rest your body and mind from day-to-day stress.

A walk in the park, a night at the cinema, a coffee with a magazine or a few hours at what my wife calls herhappy place’ (which is an hours’ drive from our home) are some of the sort of things you might like to do too.

Ever wondered why you crave these moments and feel so much better after even an hour after doing one of them? ┬áIt’s because your body and your mind is sending a signal to say ‘thank you’ for looking after me.

From now on, don’t just plan to work…plan to rest.

Mark 6 v 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.”‘

Pastor Mark

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