Although I love it, it’s sometimes frustrating to have to sleep! Think of all that could get done if we didn’t have to sleep!

God built into us a need for rest. We can’t function without it. Why? I suppose even God rested on the seventh day.

Well, since God created it I don’t feel too guilty about resting.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s I’ve been fortunate to be able to take off work. This is the only time I take vacation with no plans. I’m almost giddy when I can run errands with no clock ticking to get back to work or get home to start supper.

I can spend the day doing what I WANT to do and not what I HAVE to do. I can play solitaire, read, mend clothes, get through the mail pile, finally read all my Christmas cards and maybe even make a dinner that takes a bit longer to prepare.

I also can spend time with my kids. Even if we’re not all doing the same activity we are in the house together and we can see each other throughout the day. We can watch a movie, talk or play a game. I can hang out in their room while my son plays XBOX or my daughter watches a Netflix Original series. The dog even likes it when I take her for a walk if it’s not too cold.

With a fire in the wood fireplace and the pets sleeping soundly the house is cozy. The -23 windchill gives me permission to not go outside… for my own good!

Grant it, I tend to eat more and I can feel a little flabby when I’m lounging in fuzzy socks, a fuzzy shirt and sweatpants wrapped in a Minion blanket but that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for, right?

We all need to rest. If not at this time of year then at some point. It’s good to rest the mind and body. It’s crucial for our health to downshift and do nothing once in a while. As tempting as it is to think about or do all the things that “should” get done, I need to realize the world won’t end if they don’t. Besides, there is tomorrow or a later time to do it, like right before next summer’s garage sale!

So put your favorite movie in (The Notebook or Star Wars), have a seat, put your feet up and relax. Maybe even munch on some popcorn while the fire burns in the fireplace. You not only deserve to relax, you honor God when you do!

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