How My Week of Couch Rest Inspired Me

I’ve been kinda quiet this week on the blog and social media. I’m still on “couch rest” letting my foot heal from having a ganglion cyst removed. I’m very comfortable and have no complaints. But I’ve noticed that my required sedentary condition affects my inspiration.

As I look back on the week, I realized one inspiration that defined the week—how much better I felt when was in contact with friends and family. Whether it is someone coming to help or visit, or a phone call, praying, or text—each immensely encouraged me.

Today started quiet with no expected visits or calls. By later morning I had received calls and texts with two visits in the afternoon. What started as a boring day quickly became a day of receiving love from friends and family.

Not only have I been blessed and encouraged by others’ care and concern, I’ve also been reminded of how powerfully their acts speak love. I don’t always know how to respond when someone in is need. How often do I think—I don’t want to intrude or I don’t know how to help?

But this past week inspired me to lean in more quickly when others are in need. Even a noninvasive text or card or cake dropped on the porch says, “I’m thinking of you.” It means so much.

I can do better. With attention to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I will.

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.

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