It started when Adam and I began dreaming about spending a week in a cottage in Michigan (the same kind of trip that originally inspired Sweethaven in the first place.) I started to feel too busy. Too restless. Like I'd been setting aside important things like little faces and big brown eyes one too many times.
I began to wonder how I could implement the concept of vacation even if we don't actually go anywhere.
See, my soul is weary.
Weary is such a great word to describe that need for refueling, that need to escape into a calm, to allow yourself to get lost in doing nothing.
It's not the first time I've been here. It happens often. I believe in hard work (so much) but I also believe in going where the peace is. In resting. In the dire need to unplug.
And that's the life I want for my kids.
I say all of this for no real reason except to challenge you to find the calm.
To be okay with an hour of sitting on the porch with (or without) a book in your hand. Not doing anything and letting there be value in that.
I am a producer. I like to do all the time, but God is challenging me to rest my weary soul. To stop being distracted by my to-do list and build a safe spot in our home where my family can rest. To look at feeding and caring for them as a great pleasure, a great joy, a great honor...and not as "one more thing I have to do today."
Today is the day I'll type "THE END" on my new manuscript.
It's deceptive, really, because "the end" is still a ways off. Now that I have everything written down, I have to go back and edit like crazy. This is the part of the process I used to dread, but having done it now several times, I feel a bit more confident that it won't be the equivalent of sawing off my own arm.
And that's a very good thing.
As I step out into the day, to accomplish what needs to be done before I can turn the light off on my brain for a few weeks, I leave you with this. It stirred my soul.
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”