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Mary DeMuth

I don’t know about you, but my life’s been hectic lately. I traveled far too much, and I need a break. So I write these words to myself—and to you—in hopes that we’ll all take a holy breath and find ways to refresh. Here are five ways:

1. Take a day off Set aside a day each week where you rest. On those days, get away from the computer and phone, if possible. Go outside. Create something—take photos, play music, draw pictures. If you haven’t yet read The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan, I highly recommend his book. Life changing.

2. Cultivate spiritual disciplines, particularly silence and solitude. Spend extended time with God for your own spiritual development. Write out your prayers. Fast from media. Take long walks.

3. Indulge in a life-giving hobby. Find a hobby that limits adrenaline demand. Consider something you’ve always wanted to do but never gave yourself permission to enjoy. Like art? Take a class. Always wanted to fix up old cars? Join a local car club.

4. Invest in quarterly retreats. Once every three months, take a planned break from everyday life for rest, reflection, and prayer. Read classics or novels for personal growth, no “how to” books allowed. Find a place where God’s natural beauty will rejuvenate you.

5. Hang out with friends who are outside of your work responsibilities. Having a rich tapestry of relationships unrelated to your job will keep you sane when inevitable needs arise. You need safe relationships where you can let down your hair and be you, where you’re not required to play a role.

Mind if I pray for you?

Jesus, we want to have a less hectic life. We’re tired. So tired. Life feels like an out of control carnival ride, dipping, careening, swaying. We want to get off and rest! Help us this week to find ways to do just that. Bring respite and quiet where there’s chaos and hollering. May You become our haven, our settled place. Forgive us for preferring hurry to You. Forgive us for giving into worry instead of choosing to give You every single stress. We need time, Jesus. Time to reflect, rest, and rejuvenate. And we trust You to provide it. Amen.

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