This is How Rest Can Save Your Life

March 10, 2018

Do you get enough rest?

I have five children, and I homechooled all of them through high school. My youngest child had very significant learning issues, and I took classes to address his special needs.

Let me tell you, I know what fatigue is. After I completed a day of teaching, I would collapse on the coach and stare at the walls. Normally I am a creative person, but at the end of the day, I could not even compose a single sentence, and part of me would be frustrated by my sluggishness.

I had nothing left. I needed rest.

And I remember juggling laundry and cooking. At the time, my washing machine ate socks. Determined not to ever give up, I kept a container of odd socks hoping some day they would match something.

One day after I had crashed in my bedroom, I heard one of my kids say, “Hey do you have any odd socks I can borrow?” That struck me as funny. But really, there’s a chaos that accompanies large families.

But I could not allow myself time off. I felt guilty. At some point I began to realize I was burning too much oil, and needed refreshment.

I came to realize the importance of Ps 23. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.

Hebrews 4:9 There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

Today I listen to my body and stop when I sense fatigue. Back then I had no idea I was tired.

Rest is something Americans don’t do. We have more technology and can do more faster. And we cram in more than we should.

Today I have Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith. She is a doctor, Internal medicine. She has written about rest, and how to do it.

Learn more about Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith  here.

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