I had the privilege of hearing Shelly Miller from the Sabbath Society speak today at our church and her message spoke directly to me. I am sharing a few of her points and linking you back to her blog and book. I cannot wait to purchase her book after hearing her speak. I also learned that she is a photographer and garden lover, so even more the reason to follow her blog and receive her encouraging newsletter.
I loved how she broke down the word “pause” and how we can apply it to our busy and distracting lives. I personally struggle with giving myself “permission” to rest. She mentioned that we are often so busy that we proclaim, “I will rest when I finish…. the laundry, the gardening, schoolwork, cooking dinner, cleaning the house… and so forth.” How many of you can relate to that statement? I use it a lot. By that, I mean A LOT, A LOT, A LOT.
I started this blog because I love connecting with others and sharing about things that are not commonly addressed. I also find freedom in writing down my ideas and sharing them publicly. Probably because I dislike public speaking and this blog gives me a forum to speak about these things. However, I have quickly learned that while I find writing peaceful, I also find it stressful because I have the need to “fit in” to the blogging community and succeed. There are so many ways to become successful in the blogging world, and in order to do so, you have to connect with your audience frequently, reply promptly, post on a regular schedule, keep it uniform, and etc. I hope to just share the beauty surrounding me and gain fulfillment from the connections I gain in this experience.
So on this Sabbath day, I hope to share the beauty of our beholder. As a nurse manager and mom, I seriously struggle with rest. I am running at full speed until my head hits the pillow, and even then, my brain is running through the motions of the next day and how I will fit it all in. I also struggle with putting down the distractions surrounding me. How do I rest? I feel like God speaks to me when I take my camera outdoors in search of birds and other images. However, I do not find editing the images to be restful. So I hope to break these activities up and spend more time practicing photography, and let the editing come later. What’s that old saying, “life is a marathon and not a sprint.”
How do you find rest? What are your ways of reconnecting with God and turning off the distractions around you? I would love to hear about them. Don’t forget to head over to the Sabbath Society and sign up for Shelly Miller’s newsletter. It was truly amazing to hear her speak and I feel honored to take home the art of “pausing” and share it with my audience.