The journey to abundant rest.

18 March, 2015

Hi my friends,


How are you doing this week? So I've been writing this little post over a few days as I've been feeling it might resonate with where some of us are at right now. I've been asking The Lord to show me a few things and I'd love to share them with you today! Now firstly, don't get me wrong, there is SO so much to be thankful for {yesiree!} but... has anyone noticed that life feels kinda busy lately? :) Not sure if I am the only one here, maybe you've felt it too? Hmmm. Well, all I know is that we have been promised life in abundance, and that includes a life of rest. :) So come with me and I'll tell you about a little journey I'm on... 

As I mentioned in my last post I've been having these sillllllly migraines and headaches, and in addition to these, my iron has dropped ah-gain, {hence my desire to sleep in my car whenever I have the opportunity!} so, it's all been a little bit frustrating. But I'm trying to see the best in it, and over the past few weeks I've been sensing The Lord prompting me to slow down and make a few changes in my life. Now, for someone who is usually 'go go go', thrives on a full schedule, loves catching up with everyone, not to mention staying up until 2am {yep you heard me} writing every night, this 'having to slow down' journey is proving to be quiiiite the challenge. But as tough as it may be to change wrong patterns and reallign some things, I am dedicated to sticking to this path. :)

Anyone else wanna join me on this adventure?

In addition to all the medical and natural wisdom I've been seeking, I've also been asking the master physician what he's saying about my life. God, our master creator, the one who "intricately formed our bodies in our mother's womb" (Ps 139) with great wisdom and perfection, knows us inside out. He knows our fears and worries, our hopes and dreams, and he's passionate about us thriving and flourishing in life! He promised us we were created "to live life to the full, to live a life overflowing with great abundance" (John 10:10 paraphrased), so often when something in our life is out of place, these clever little bodies of ours, overflowing with wisdom, simply tell us. It's like they can handle our crazy 'burning the candle at both ends' schedules to a point, but then, all of a sudden they put their foot down {pardon the pun}. Stress and busyness is not our inheritance, this is.

So that's where I'm at right now. :) My body, once quietly and politely whispering to me, "Nat... um, sorry, perhaps we could cut back the schedule a bit and get some more sleep, it will be much better for us creatively" has now officially turned up the volume and is screaming, "Natalie! Listen for goodness sake! We need to slow down!" I won't lie, it has been a liiiiittle bit discouraging and disappointing. Maybe you can relate? Full and overflowing with dreams and ideas and creative strategies, you're all excited to dive into a new season, but instead of running with full force, there's a lesson to learn and you actually need to stop and do the opposite...

What is rest anyway? It sounds so easy when we say it doesn't it? "I need to rest". But how do we actually do this in our everyday lives? I've have found with this journey that I am on; it's going to mean making some serious daily changes and actually sticking to them. John Maxwell says "the secret to your success is in your daily routine." Yep. ;)

Rest means "to cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength" (Source). So how do we actually do this? I mean if we're on holidays, sure, resting is easy. But what about finding rest in the middle of a busy life? In the middle of families and kids and school and work and friends and birthdays and coffees and dreams? What does that look like and how do we find it? Jesus promises us, "Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28). He will always strengthen us and give us rest, but we can also play our part too :) 

 

8 Ways to Rest


1. Listen to your body.

Our bodies are full of wisdom, often giving us warning signs that something is out of order. When you're feeling it, don't push through. Stop, rest and make some changes.


2. Do a grace check.

"His grace is sufficient for us." (2 Cor 12:9) When we are busy and operating under his grace, we feel empowered. If we don't have the grace, we begin to strive. Joy and peace are usually a great sign of walking in his grace.


3. Seek wisdom from the best counsellor.

"God has given us his Holy Spirit without measure." (John 3:34). He's our own personal counsellor. What a gift! So let us listen to that still small voice and be guided by his grace.


4. Don't be afraid to make big changes.

Reassess your entire schedule and ask yourself, the hard questions. What do I really love/not love doing? What patterns have I slipped into that are hindering me from flourishing and walking in my destiny?


5. Get LOTS of sleep.
Yep. This is the main one I am working on at the moment :) Every hour before midnight is worth two hours after midnight. It's then our bodies start repairing and reproducing melatonin and all the wonderful hormones we need to be and feel fabulous. So be in bed by 11pm or earlier. (As my naturopath suggested, set an alarm beforehand, dim the lights and start winding down, this tells your body it's time for sleep).


6. Plan SPACE in your schedule.

Don't be out every night, and running around to and from 50 million different events all weekend long. From personal experience I can tell you that driving here, there and everywhere is the quickest way to drain your batteries and zap all creativity and inspiration. Book in times where you have nothing on. You never know what inspiration will come.


7. Be intentional about recharging your batteries.

If you need to, cut out things in your schedule in order to get more rest. Purposely plan time at home. This is so important as it recharges you and refreshes your soul.


8. Keep declaring your dreams.

Even when everything feels busy and impossible around you, keep your dreams in front of you. Looking at them plants seeds and releases hope and grace to achieve them. God sees every dream, he put them all in our hearts, and his timing to bring them to pass is perfect. :)

 

"Rest is key. It helps you see the magic."


Remember as we are all on our journeys, we are not alone! God and all of heaven are cheering us on as we press on and run our race. Rest and abundance is our inheritance so we hold onto this promise, because "He who promised is faithful!" (Hebrews 10:23). Let me know if you are on this journey too so I can be praying for you!


Lots of love to you this week my friends :)

Nat xo

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Comments (7)

  1. Tara Illy:
    Mar 18, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Beautifully written gorgeous, and oh-so true! Love this reminder :)

  2. Anna:
    Mar 18, 2015 at 01:31 PM

    Love this Natty x

  3. Natalie:
    Mar 18, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Aw thank you girlies... Tara sending love to you across the globe... And Annie I love you very much... Whadya say we go back to visit Tara soon for a brew?! ;) xoxo

  4. Cindy:
    Mar 19, 2015 at 06:12 PM

    This is awesome...#grace ????????

  5. Natalie:
    Mar 22, 2015 at 02:35 AM

    OMG Cindy yes! Thank you for that encouraging word.... we are so in sync! Sending love to NYC beautiful friend :) xoxoxo

  6. Laura:
    Mar 27, 2015 at 09:29 PM

    Beautiful reminder and sooo true????
    Thank you my lovely Friend, you are such a big blessing to me????sending you lots of kisses ????

  7. Nat:
    Mar 31, 2015 at 06:09 AM

    Thank you beautiful Laura - you are so dear to me! And I heard last night that it was your birthday recently! Happy happy birthday!! I hope you had the most wonderful day!

    Love Nat xoxo

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