Back from a Week OFF

A sunrise walk on Martin Luther King Day

Good Day God,

I’m sitting here pondering my Week Off. It wasn’t just a week off from “work.” It was a week off from playing with friends, too. I even took off from my beloved Wednesday Morning Women’s Prayer Group.

The first thing I learned was I REALLY NEED TO DO THIS! The second thing I learned was I needed to do this A LOT MORE THAN I REALIZED!

It’s funny, God. My Mom has been telling me for years, “You are doing TOO much!” Ah, but who listens to mothers . . . or heavenly parents . . . either.

I can remember writing a story for a dear friend at Arcadia — a story about how we “borrow against the Body’s Bank” when we need to get through things. Then we have to pay back the loan. Paying back is tricky. We don’t get statements in the mail. We don’t have an outflow meter. We don’t seem to be able to quantify our “debt.”

I can’t quantify my debt either, God. I just know that I have more to pay back. When I ask myself “how much more?” I come up with the image that my Battery is still only 45% charged. That’s not enough is it. So I will be going a bit slower for a while.

Looking back at my Week Off what amazes me the most is that I had the “wit” to take it. Hmmm. Surely my daughters or friends must have suggested it? In the past I think I have just waited to get sick. I guess for me SICK was the only acceptable excuse.

One clear lesson is that Voluntary Down Time is ever so much better than INVOLUNTARY Down Time. I have lots more to say about my Week, God. But, it can wait. Right now, I just want to focus on how very very thankful I am. Thank You!

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