About Rest for the Weary

I hope you will find this little spot a place of rest and refreshment for your soul. My intention is to build up women in the trenches of homeschooling. This includes veterans who are burned out and former homeschooling moms who have decided for one reason or another to put some or all of their children in school. Thanks for stopping by. Take a deep breath of refreshment for your weary soul.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Renew 5

Part of healing needs to be time and money spent on self.  For so many years I neglected myself.  I rarely treated myself to new clothes, jewelry, make-up, or allowed myself to go do something fun just for me.  Me and self were bad words, selfish.  I wasn't dying to self, my soul was dying.  And I felt sad and deprived.  Now, I can't go overboard but a little new something or time spent alone having fun (or even with my husband) can be a great pick-me-up.  After all, I am someone other than just my children's mother.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Renew 4- carrying your cross

Don't carry your cross alone.  Didn't Simon help Jesus shoulder His?  We are to be Simon to others and let others help us carry our cross.  Good friends make the journey bearable, especially ones on a similar path as you.  Don't neglect them.  Be there for them, to listen, and to pray.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Renew 3

I recently literally boxed up my worries, fears, concerns, and placed them at the foot of my crucifix to signify that they belong to Him- united to Him-guarded by Him.  I will still feel the emotions, but I hope it will remind me to not get overwhelmed knowing Jesus has them all covered. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Renew 2

Daily get out of doors into the sunshine.  The sun and fresh air is so key to the body, mind, and soul.  Besides the health benefit of a little sunshine, there is the spiritual factor.  For me, seeing the evidence of God's creation restores my soul.  It's as if He provides little gifts of love each day in creation to let me know He is there.  A new morning glory blooming, tomatoes ripening, birds twittering, the wind blowing through my curls...all proof of His existence and Love.  It is really true that mother nature nurtures. (which to me is God)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer of Renewal, 1

Back in October, I wanted to participate in Emily's 31 day challenge to write daily on something.  Life was crazy as usual.  My intent was to write 31 days of healing.  Instead, I am going to write about healing in the form of a summer of renewal--of body, mind, and spirit.  This isn't some magical guarantee from a crystal ball and boom instant healing but about faith and inspiration.    Rather it is about little things I (and you) can do each day to heal my body, mind, and soul, one tiny step each day. 
My first step to healing is to daily pray the prayer below that I composed.  (I encourage you to create your own under the guidance of the Holy Spirit as to what you need)  I pray this because each day is like starting at the beginning of a game, and each night I wind back at home, only to start on the path again.

"Lord, I place my trust in you this day.  I surrender my will to Yours acknowledging that you are in control of it all.  It's not up to me.  All I control is how I act.  Grant me the grace to accept Your will and to live in the joy of the Lord, my strength. Amen."

Renew 2- Sunshine

Renew 3- Place worries at the foot of the cross

Renew 4- carrying your cross

Renew 5- Take care of yourself

Renew 6- Release control

Renew 7- Sleep