Category Archives: Rest

Three Week Journey

It’s November! And I can already sense so many of the blessings ready to be released.  I am thankful for what God is doing in our midst! I see the blade.

“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest as come.”
Mark 4:26-29

A M E N to that! I woke in the morning very early! Precisely 2am! I said in my mind as always, “God are You serious?!?”

Yes–He was very serious!

So I prayed… Lord may it be Your will. May it hit that sweet spot. You are my Defender, my Negotiator and the One that worked it up. Sealed the deal over my life. I feel like I am wrestling in the night watches like Jacob did with the angel, saying “I’m not going to leave until You bless me!” I can only keep praying the way I know how. Silently but deeply; contemplative, earnest and in great anticipation. I have my hope anchored in You, remove all doubt and distractions. Make it happen.

Amen … amen…. amen.

I see this late night tweet pop on my phone from Reverend Victor Adeyemi:

“This month, I pray that the hand of the Lord will rest upon you for GREAT EXPLOITS. You will walk in supernatural wisdom, strength and favor for your life and purpose!” Amen!!

Then I go back to sleep. Easy. Keep my peace.

I am waking up to breakfast now in another state away from home, work, church, hustle and bustle. And as hard as it was for us to get down here and drive through the storm, I’m so glad that I’m spending a four day weekend in this beautiful place called Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s sunny, cool and beautiful out here.

My heart is happy. I came off a three week journey in preparation for what’s next. More to come on that.

It’s November!!!! ♥️ Be blessed all!


Morning Mode

So I know I wrote this blog that I am not a morning person at all. Check it out… Sleep
I did all that I could throughout the week so that when Saturday came I could just sleep in.  However –here I am up bright eyed and bushy tailed.  I think that is because I got my eight hours in.  Even on the Friday night I made it a point not to stay up late and get at least eight hours of rest in.

I have been reading articles, books and hearing messages that say this is such an important task at hand so that we are more productive throughout the day.  I cannot express enough how much I dislike waking up in the morning when I still feel so deprived of my sleep.  I normally have to wake up by 6 am everyday to join the prayer line and then prep to leave the house by 7:15 for a carpool type situation.

These tasks leave me completely spent by the end of the week.  When Saturday arrives I just want to do me and that is NOTHING.  I want to rest more, wake when I want with no alarm clock and begin my day however I please without having plans or a set schedule. I like this.  So today I rise at 7:15 around the time I am up and outside the house for the rest of the week.  This time the only plans I have is to take my sweet time at every thing.

I will share that the sleep emphasis for a better morning is spot on! How many of us go throughout our days with just 4 or 5 hours sleep because we are too “busy”.  Well we truly have to learn to get un-busy and do some of the things that our body does need so that it can wind down and adjust.  Here are the things that I am retaining that help for a better morning –better day –better planning:

  1. Prayer! This is a form of practice that we must learn to incorporate into our schedule.  If all else goes south and you have nothing else left in you this is the way that is going to sustain you.

But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.
Psalm 59:16

2. Reading! Reading is life.  Reading helps you to relax and wind down.  It helps fill your mind with right things, educates you and prepares you.  I love curling up with a good book and getting my eyes off the screen and device.  Good thing we still have Barnes & Nobles in business so that we can get some paper books!

Blessed in the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor sits in the seat of the scornful but his delight is in the law of the Lord.  And in His law he mediates day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2

3. Rest! We need those 7 to 9 hours of good wholesome rest.  It does our body good –it does our mind good.  It does our life good.  Even if you have to take a power nap.  They are called power naps because they are actually restorative to your mind and body! Learn to take naps when you need to.

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

4. Right Relationships! Yes this is super, super important because this helps you to live a better life that is not consumed with stress because of poor connections.  There is nothing worse than draining, depressing, consuming and toxic relationships.  When you invest and your return is pain –this is when we truly must recognize as something we can never or no longer allow in our lives! Seek right relationships so that when you invest –they invest right back GOOD results!

I am a companion of all who fear You,
And of those who keep Your precepts.
Psalm 119:63

As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17

These quick four notes I hope will encourage you to practice so that you will have more productive days.  This is my morning mode.  This helps me so that I am not sluggish.

I will continue now resting…reading… relaxing… little music in the background going with Thorie nearby (my lil yorkie doggie) and my coffee.  This makes me happy.

Have a wonderful Saturday all.  Plan it well and do the things that will invigorate your soul and help you to grow stronger.  Let this morning mode for you be life transforming!

With Love,
Christina

 


Nothing Like Nature

“Your brain is an attention machine. It’s going to pay attention to something. The question is what? Are you going to allow it to pay attention to things that are irrelevant to your goals, dreams, and desires (that is, Facebook, news, and so on)? Or are you going to choose to pay attention to the people, priorities, and passions that are important in your life? Who is in control –you or your brain?”
Neen James
Attention Pays

This got me thinking so much! How much we need to pay attention to the things that matter the most!

Who are the people that matter the most?

My family! My lifelong friends! My church family.

What are my priorities?

Making sure I work to make a better living for me and my family. I give it all to serve, work and do what I got to do that will yield results for our best life! It’s my calling– in service. It is a pleasure to have work you love, which leads to my passions.

What are my passions?

Ahhh thats easy … see blog on Home Sweet Home! That about sums it up! But nature!!! I love, love, nature. The leaves, trees, breeze and sound. There’s nothing like nature. Autumn in New York has definitely got to be the best season! I guess I love the four seasons. 😂♥️

There is just something so beautiful about seeing these trees in all sorts of colors. I fall in love every single time. I loved the scenic drive up and back for our fall apple picking weekend.

Isn’t this lovely? Peaceful? So serene? YES!

I have to do this more often. Appreciating the natural things of life. To think I was going to stay home a bit more. I am glad I was able to spend a short time away.

I challenge you as well, just like the opening authors statement… what will you pay attention to? What has your focus? Allow the natural (non technical) things of life to bring you back to a place of gratitude and appreciation. Organic living all the way.

We can absorb and become our surroundings. Workaholic days must cease. Wholesome days with family we must continue to cultivate. Great to be in those environments where you can breathe in nature rather than busyness!

Let us remember why all these things were created. Let us pay attention to the things that matter the most! Those natural things are usually right next to us. 🙏🏽

Refocus!

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Psalm 96:11-12


AHHH HOME SWEET HOME

Isn’t it so so wonderful to kick your feet up after a long week on a Friday!! I just love that Friday feeling. And I am sure that you all do too!

What to do????

1) REST

2) READ

3) WRITE

4) SLEEP

Those are great things to do for me and I don’t expect everyone else to love those things, I am just done with packing my weekend up after so many work years! Weekends are to recoup.

We work so hard and time flies by so fast. There is nothing like being able to enjoy your own home, couch, bed, table, furniture. All these things you acquired over time to create a welcoming environment. That’s my home! My own peaceful Starbucks environment!

So today I pray that you REST! Enjoy your home, enjoy the people in it and enjoy what you built. There cant be nothing worse that not being able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Live in this moment because you deserve not wasting it all away when life moves so fast.

On the right path…. excerpt from “Attention Pays” by Neen James:

“What would happen if we set some boundaries? As organizations, as leaders, and as individuals, we need to make it OK to have rest and recovery. And to recharge our batteries. We need to make it OK to pay attention to what really matters at work when we are there and to what really matters at home when we are there. How much more productive could we be if we focused and paid attention to who and what was important at the appropriate time?”

Take the time, the weekend, the evenings that you come home and make it SWEET! ♥️

You are worth it, even if you have to say NO to plans because you plan to rest. Be watchful and wise with your time because you cant get it back any other way.

With love,

Chrizzy