Here at the end of summer, and at the beginning of a new school year, I have been finding myself (and many of my friends) in need of rest. Seems that the summer used to be thought of as the restful time, as “vacation”, but nowadays it is just more busyness. So, for the month of September I will be exploring the meaning of rest. Last post I wrote about learning to live in the present and I found that this is also related to rest. I want to continue that post on Wednesday, talking about how just being here, in the present, brings us a sort of rest.
My daughter and I have begun a Bible study on cultivating a quiet and gentle spirit and I see that this will bring us to a place of rest as well. I am planning to share about this study on Fridays, starting next week. Please – can you join me in the super easy, really thoughtful study? Just purchase your book, Putting on a Gentle and Quiet Spirit, (amazon link) and have Lesson 1 ready for next Friday, September 13. And let me know in the comments if you will be joining us – we sure hope you will!
Finally, I wanted to let you know that last Friday I decided to embrace the present and break with our homeschool schedule to spend some time baking with my kids. We stopped in the middle of our work, turned on silly music and made cookies. It was a welcome relief to embrace the gifts of time and children and cookies! Here, next to a cookie jar my dad gave me too many years ago to name, is a picture of the delicious cookies. I just followed the recipe from under the Quaker Oats lid and added 1 cup of walnuts and 1 cup of white chocolate chips in lieu of raisins. We loved them!
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matt 11:28-30).
Hugs and Rest,
Britta ~ I am justAgirl…just like you!