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She serves as Assistant Director of Residential Life
at The Crossnore School in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains,
where she works to bring hope and healing to children from families in crisis.
Holly writes at Reclaiming a Redeemed Life,
and enjoys teaching and speaking opportunities wherever they may arise,
sharing the story of redemption available to all.
Holly is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
Her Café exclusive “Playing to the Rhythm of Life” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Holly Barrett
has herself been encouraged in her own faith recently.
God has been so faithful recently to encourage me that my faith in Him is not displaced.
And as I answer His call to rest in His fellowship,
He continues to work on my behalf.
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Playing to the Rhythm of Life”
by Holly Barrett
It feels elusive… slippery …
like something that is just within my grasp. But not quite. I keep looking for the right formula and think I’ve found it…for a day or two. And then it’s gone again. It’s the thing God is drawing me to, over and over again.
Rest. It seems like a simple concept. Just close your eyes and go to sleep, right? But I’ve watched my grandson struggle with it as he’s gotten older. His little body still needs rest in the middle of the day but his “big boy” mind thinks he’s fine without it. So rather than rest, he resists. Until he falls in a heap and we find him asleep in the middle of the cars and action figures and books.
Hmmm, sounds familiar …
I get caught in a vicious cycle of trying to do much on too many days. The stress mounts and I look for things to cut out which stresses me more because all I can think about is the rest I’m not getting and…the cycle continues. Rather than listening to the rhythms of my heart and spirit, my mind races ahead, saying yes to everything, until I can resist no more and I fall in a heap.
We often point to the pattern established from the beginning where God worked six days and on the seventh, He rested (Genesis 2:2-3). We reason that if God needed a rest, surely we do too. Unfortunately, that realization doesn’t translate as easily into our reality, does it? At least it doesn’t, until we are intentionally seeking a rhythm of life that will coincide with the God-rhythm resonating in our hearts and spirits.
Here’s what God has spoken to me lately…
- Listen to your own internal rhythm. We get tired for a reason. When your body is saying sit down, or sleep, or take a break, DO IT. There’s no prize for the most crammed calendars, the least rest, or the biggest breakdown. I’ve recently learned that the world doesn’t stop spinning because I don’t go to every event or blog every day or read every book that comes along.
- Take time before saying yes. I’m a yes person. I want to do everything and go everywhere and be in the middle of every event. But I shouldn’t even if I could. When I say yes to things I’m not particularly called to just because I don’t want to miss out, I’m overstepping. I’m taking up space that another may be better equipped and called to fill.
- Look at your free time…if you have any. Do the things you “have” to do crowd out the things you most want to do? Do the things you “should” do overshadow the things you can do? I need things in my life that are just fun…simple pleasures that are refreshing and refueling.
These three steps aren’t a magic formula and they might look different for you. But the principle is the same. God loves me and wants to spend time with me. He wants me to be rested and refreshed so that I’m effective in the kingdom. And He promises that when I take the time He asks for…to rest, fellowship, and listen to Him…He will redeem the time. And all the other stuff will take care of itself.
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