I am learning to make time for restful activities. [Tweet This]
I’ve come to realize that taking a nap or sitting on the porch are just as important as writing a blog post or cleaning a closet. Ecclesiastes says, there is a time for everything. So I’m being purposeful about taking time in the middle of my busy day for restful activities.
I love to write in my journal.
Journaling is relaxing; it also chronicles my journey and connects the threads of what God is doing in and around me: A prayer said, and the answer that comes. A scripture that leaps off the page, and a few days or weeks later, seeing the connection to what I am living.
I mentioned napping. I don’t indulge everyday, but when I do, I see the benefits.
And there is something peaceful about sitting by the water that feeds my soul.
Walking or other forms of exercise also provide restful activities. Exercise increases our endorphins and stimulates the brain. It helps with brain fog and increases creativity. I find I have increased stamina and strength…well most of the time anyway.
Restful Activities have many Benefits
Knitting, crocheting or other handwork is shown to decrease blood pressure. I love having simple patterns and projects that I can pick up or take with me. Knitted dishcloths are quick and easy. Crocheted prayer shawls are easy and provide a way to minister to others.
My sister loves working on a jigsaw puzzle. This is also so healthy for brain function. I am not so much of a puzzle girl but there again, my sister probably wouldn’t like knitting. The idea is to find the restful activity that is calming for YOU. [Tweet This] Whether it’s gardening, crossword puzzles, sewing, or the many other creative pursuits…you need to find what you enjoy most.
The funny thing is, my mom who is now 76 years old, used to color all the time. She has a coloring book she completed during each of her pregnancies. And truly, there is nothing more fun that a brand new box of crayons.
The coloring pages we see now are beautiful designs meant to be colored with pencil or fine markers. They remind me of the old Spirograph designs we made when we were kids, except on a larger scale.
And, as my gift to you when you subscribe to my blog and/or ministry updates, Lisa has provided a free download of this beautiful design.
Simply print on heavy paper and enjoy coloring. You will receive the download link in your thank you email.
And a huge thank you to Lisa for sharing her gift with us.
What activities refresh you?
I would love to hear about the restful activities you enjoy because I need new ideas. Join the conversation by scrolling down and leaving your comment below. In times of rest and creativity, we can see things a bit more clearly. When we power down, God provides His perspective in our busy lives.
Until then, I hope you discover some creative ways to play and enjoy the restfulness they provide. I am taking the month of June to rest and enjoy my family who will be visiting. See you in July.
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