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I lay there unable to move, roll over, or even get up to go to the restroom. My body felt as if it were a 1000lbs. I went to bed early and woke up late, yet still not refreshed, mind still fuzzy. I hadn’t been drinking, was I sick? No, it didn’t feel like that. WHAT was wrong with me? This was not something I had ever experienced before. It was utter exhaustion. I had been taking care of my mom fully day and night. Yes, my family was helping but they were limited due to time constraints. My patience was tested by the minute, my body going nonstop. Until one day it just stopped, it demanded rest, and was going to get it whether I wanted to allow it or not.

restIn this moment I realized that I could quickly serve myself out of serving others all together if I didn’t rest. When God rested on the 7th day and told us to do so, it wasn’t because He was tired, it was because He knew we would get tired and become weary. So today, I am taking a Sabbath. A rest day. A day to let my body recover, my mind be renewed, and my spirit refilled. I have come to realize that if I don’t do this, then I am no good to anyone. I have nothing left to give. All the efforts that I make to be loving, kind, and go full steam ahead in all I do will be sabotaged if I don’t allow me to rest and refill. You can’t give out of an empty tank.

So my life lesson today is rest, take a sabbath. It doesn’t have to be a Sunday where you go to church. I don’t know about you but those days seem to be more work sometimes! Any day..a day. No mommy guilt, it’s not being lazy, it is necessary to continue on the path you were given to walk down. Because we all know that living for Christ takes intentional effort and energy all the time.