This particular Monday has found me even more exhausted and depleted than normal, but that is because the weekend was filled to the rim with good extroverty things and my week ahead is also filled with good somewhat extroverty/family things (which should read introverts gathering to introvert together!) This simply means that looking back makes me tired, and looking ahead makes me wish the days away sooner so the week flies by.
However I know the value and necessity of staying present in the present! Sometimes it is work to remain, yes?
The discipline of staying in the right here, right now takes intention and purpose and we must check in with our soul from time to time just to see how we are doing! For me, that is what Mondays are for!
So, my body is speaking louder than my spirit today and what it is telling me that I want is a nap... (and I may grab a short one soon!) but what my soul knows that I need more than actual sleep, is a bit of silence. I'm fixing to enjoy a little self care via quiet patio sitting... I'm planning for a little trade up, if you will! I'm going to let go of striving and grab hold of some Sabbath instead! (Yes - Sabbath is available, even on a Monday! Praise God!)
There's also this... I was honored to give a Spoken Word yesterday at church and I talked about one of my favorite things... one of my favorite 'weapons' = Worship!
I will attach the full sermon below but I was asked to write a piece to go along with Shawn's message. I start out, and he goes on to preach! I encourage you to watch the full message... but if you are short on time or can't watch a video, here is an audio version of my Spoken Word, titled We Were Made For War...
Oh... and then there is this! The lucky winner from last weeks' post, who will be receiving her very own copy of Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs, is... (drum roll, please!)
Congrats, my friend! I'll be in touch!
I'm praying for you, sweet reader! May you trade up this week as well... give up your striving, and receive a little Sabbath for your soul!
P.S. I'm linking up with these lovely writers:
Kelly Chripczuk for #SmallWonders
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday