Resting and Winning

img_5167I’m pleased to announce the winner from my recent Total Family Makeover Family Fun Night giveaway and blog tour. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Congratulations to the winner: Darla Peduzzi. My publicists from Litfuse Publicity Group will be in touch via email with details on how to claim your prize. You can also email your mailing address to info {at} litfusegroup {dot} com. Congrats!


On another note – I wanted to share something God has been teaching me in the last week. I’ve been living at a frenetic pace in the past month. I’m halfway through writing the rough draft of my next Bible study in Numbers on contentment (yea!) while traveling every weekend speaking mostly from First Corinthians. In between have been radio interviews with stations across the country about the Total Family Makeover. Then let’s not talk about the condition of the laundry, toilets, or what my kids have been eating lately….

In the midst of this, part of my study in Numbers has touched on the subject of rest. God desires His people to work hard, but also to incorporate regular patterns of rest into their lives. To say this hit a chord of conviction for me would be an understatement. Not only am I busy, but I struggle with making productivity an idol. A friend in my pilot Bible study of Numbers mentioned that someone once told her that when we are truly resting, we are producing nothing.

This was challenging for me. I will “rest” by reading a book or commentary for a future study or “rest” by taking a power walk when I haven’t had time to exercise. I like to attach some kind of benefit or production even to my restful activities. So last week I decided to dedicate one hour of rest on an afternoon that would produce nothing other than connection to the Lord and rest for my body. I took a leisurely walk, stopped and laid in the grass and looked up at the sky, and pushed aside all the guilty feelings about my to-do list. It was wonderful!

I’m not sure if you are like me – running hard and struggling with productivity… but I would encourage you to take some time today or later this week and plan for rest. God is for it! He created you and knows you need to slow down and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul.  Have a great week with special moments of rest in the midst of all that you are doing. When we incorporate a routine of Sabbath into our lives, we are all winners!

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