I’m tired more than I used to be. Is it menopause, one of the consequences of living in a pandemic, keeping up with two young grandsons, or life in general—or most likely a combination of all three?
Whatever the cause, one thing I’ve learned is that God gives me stamina and strength when I need it—caring for loved ones, planning weddings, home renovation, etc. But the rest of the time when I’m tired, that’s God’s invitation to me to rest.
- Sitting down for a bit in the afternoon
- Sunday naps
- A day at home with no schedule to catch up and think
- Whatever feeds my soul
Maybe you are smarter than me and have figured this out. But if you’re like me and you need permission to be kind to yourself, here it is—
- Be Kind to Yourself.
- Rest when you are tired or better yet, before you get tired.
- Do at least one thing each day that feeds your soul. (As a young mom of three kids that was my ten minutes in the shower while Gene held a crying infant!)
- Letting go of the need to hustle. The struggle is real. The message is everywhere but if there was ever a season to let go of the hustle, it is now. Soak in being with those you are present with. Soak in the gifts of each day. God will get us where He wants us so enjoy the ride with Him. He will tell you what you need to know when you need to know it.
Start this weekend. Breath. Nap. Be kind to yourself.
Because when I’m rested, I’m a better person. I hear and obey God better. I’m more loving, patient, and kind to others. I’m more creative. I’m a better me.
Brenda Garrison is an author and speaker who empowers women with the confidence to live their calling. Brenda is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ministry Leadership with a Concentration in Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She and her husband, Gene, are the parents of three young adult daughters and live near Metamora, IL.