When Rest Takes Over // Glimpses Link Up

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.

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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.

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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.

Slow Down, Relax, Take it Easy

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.

Glimpses #181-190

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.

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. My hope is that those who were linking up on Saturday over the weekend will still have an opportunity to do so.

I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

V2 300px_GlimpsesIt 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.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply ink back here.
2. Remember to link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find one another’s posts.

 

Barbie

Seeking beauty in the ordinary and embracing life to the fullest. Thank you for stopping by and come again soon!

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30 Responses

  1. Yes. Lots of thankfulness for coffee here in this heart as well, Barbie! Thanks for being here!

    • Barbie says:

      Where would we be without coffee? I am truly thankful the Lord gave someone the knowledge to make it. Have a blessed week.

  2. Kym says:

    I’ve been so busy lately as well – with good things, but it means something else had to go to make room, and for me it was the blog and social media. I did just the basics and was surprised at how comfortable I was with that. Thankfully I didn’t have any reviews during the past couple of weeks, because that would have made it difficult. But rest is necessary, and I’m glad you’re at peace with taking the time you need to do that.

    I’m always thankful for coffee too. 😉

  3. Lesley says:

    I’m glad you’re giving in to it and taking the rest you need. Praying for renewed strength and energy and freedom from pain.

  4. Barbie,
    I am not one of those “energizer bunnies” that can keep going and going…it seems like my battery runs out quicker than the batteries of others. It’s easy to get down on myself for this, but we are all wired differently. I’m learning to be kinder to myself and if I am able…I allow myself a nap to refresh and revive. It’s not a crime. We are no good to God if we’re running on empty, so be good to yourself my friend…you encourage us, so let us encourage you!!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Barbie says:

      Oh Bev, what I wouldn’t give to be able to nap during the day, if even for just 15-20 mins. But alas, I’d get fired if I tried! Have a blessed week.

  5. Gayl says:

    “There have been nights where I didn’t even open my computer. It’s been weird, but it’s been so freeing.” I’ve done this during the day lately and have been surprised at how much more I get done at home. It is a very freeing feeling.

    Blessings to you, Barbie, and I pray you get the rest you need!

  6. Barbie,
    Yes, listen to your body and rest. Praying you get the deep soul and body rest you need, my friend 🙂

  7. June says:

    It’s so hard to determine food triggers. Going off gluten has been a life=changer for me. But everyone is different. I hope you can narrow it down to what is triggering your pain. Praying for you, dear one.

  8. Joy Lenton says:

    Barbie, you are wise to listen to your body and your life. By paying attention to those things, and taking all the rest you need, you will hopefully halt some of the intense pain you’ve been experiencing. Praying for deep rest of every kind, freedom from concern over things that can be left for a while and some sweet relief from the relentless pain. Take good care of yourself, sweet friend. <3

  9. Rosann says:

    Rest. Yes, please get your rest, dear friend. I know very personally the value in getting rest. It is healing – mentally and physically. I don’t believe it was ever God’s plan for us to be as busy as we allow ourselves to be. He typically forces me to rest periodically, probably because without forcing the issue, He knows I would not make the choice to rest on my own. Lol! I hope you’ve enjoyed taking time for yourself, and I pray you will continue to do so. Miss you, dear friend!

  10. Lisa notes says:

    Praying you’ll continue to find the pockets of rest you need and that the pain will ease up!

  11. ~Karrilee~ says:

    Yes and Amen, my friend! Rest well… we’ll be here (…when we get done resting too!)

  12. Melissa says:

    Sorry to hear you have had such a rough go! ☹️ I am certainly no fibro expert, but my twin was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia at the age of 17. She has pretty much completely managed it with diet and exercise to the point she doesn’t have a lot of symptoms anymore. keep going!

    • Barbie says:

      Diet and exercise are huge in fighting this. It’s hard for me to exercise though right now, because I’m in so much pain. Hopefully soon!

  13. Mary Geisen says:

    Oh sweet friend! I’m praying you find renewal in rest. God is so good to provide what we need. As women we try on our super woman capes often. God does not ask us to do that. Love you and hang in there.

  14. I am sorry you are in so much pain Barbie. I can tell you that it can take 3-4 months of the Whole 30 living to really help deal with some of the more serious issues. For me it was 6 months and I’d be happy to share/chat more about that lifestyle/eating if you wanna talk! 🙂 Praying for you this am that you find rest literally and in Jesus today!

  15. Trudy says:

    I’m so sorry you’re so worn out and in pain, Barbie. Please do listen to your body and spirit and allow yourself to rest. Yes, we will still be here. And if you need to, let those last five posts go. You won’t be letting God down. Or me either. Whatever you write is always an encouragement to me. So please allow yourself grace, ok? I know I need to practice that myself… Anyway, I’m praying God will give you rest in every way and ease the pain in your joints! Hugs!

  16. Sorry you are having such a struggle with your fibro. Rest well, dear sister. Hope you’ll be over this flare up soon
    Have you ever tried adding natural anti-inflammatory substances to your regimen like turmeric? It helps some people; you can either eat it or take it in capsule form.
    Anyway, get better soon.
    I love your list of beauty in your daily life, especially 187 and 190.

  17. I like to think we’re getting wiser when we give ourselves permission to slow down and rest when we need to. I haven’t even tried to do a 31 day series in several years. I’ve gone to blogging once a week as I have more going on and it was too hard to do more than than. I’m glad you’re resting and blogging when you can. Blessings!

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