I’ve been unusually absent from the blog, aside from review posts and trying to catch up on my 31 day series, which was supposed to end October 31st, but of which I still have five more posts to write. I chose the Five Minute Free Writes as the basis of my theme, thinking for sure I would be able to write those posts and finish on time. But alas, I am still trying to find the motivation to write the last five.
I’ve been so tired, exhausted really, zapped of energy and strength. No one event has triggered this. I’m sure I would have seen it coming had I slowed down enough to listen to my body and soul. And now that exhaustion has set in, rest has taken over and I don’t have the motivation to say no to it.
A year or two ago, when exhaustion would hit, I would find a way to keep going and avoid long periods of rest. After all, I needed to make sure I had great content on the blog two to three times per week, and I didn’t want to disappear because I feared people would leave. While these are valid concerns, I’ve learned that it’s just not realistic to think I could keep up the same pace week after week, all the time, especially after 8 years.
Over the last month I’ve been pulling back. There have been nights where I didn’t even open my computer. It’s been weird, but it’s been so freeing. Learning to allow ourselves to rest isn’t easy, but it’s in the resting where our strength is renewed.
I’m not sure when the exhaustion hit, somewhere around day 20 of my October series, but it hit hard. I’ve also been dealing with extreme joint pain due to Fibromyalgia. Even when I was eating the Whole30 way, the pain never really left. And this last week? Well it’s been relentless and has caused me to want to do nothing more than sit on the couch under a blanket and pop Motrin every four hours. I will be getting back on track with my whole way of eating this week because I believe there is something that is triggering the intense pain I’ve experienced off and on over the last few days.
Exhaustion has come and I’m learning to allow rest to take over. If that means disappearing from the blog and social media in order to provide myself with the care that I need, then so be it. I know you’ll be here when I get back.
When times of exhaustion set in, are you learning to allow yourself to take the time you need to rest and refuel?
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
181. A brisk morning walk taking in the beauty all around me.
182. Holiday Coffee drinks at Starbucks.
183. Christmas-themed coffee cups at Starbucks.
184. All tests clear after a scare at the hospital for my father.
185. Laser Tagging play time with the office gals.
186. A new-to-use van. Thank you Jesus!
187. Gentle whispers of His love.
188. He dances over me with joy.
189. He makes me brave.
190. Renewed hope.
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I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!
It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
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