Monday, January 27, 2020

Rest, Renew, Reflect, Write

Christmas and New Year’s Day are complete. Wreaths and lights are being taken down and stored away for next season. Brightly colored Spring flags adorning bluebirds and others with red hearts are showing up at stores in town. More special dates are waiting to be celebrated. Birthdays, anniversaries, family get-togethers, church events and other meaningful events. Add to that list the everyday “to do” items. Laundry, meal planning and preparation, paying bills, work and trying to stay healthy.

When will I find time to write?

I have days filled with energy and excitement about writing and my “to do” list. Other days, I am exhausted from daily tasks and my writing gets put off to another time of day. Interesting thing I have noticed about myself.
When I take time to rest, I feel better and the words flow more freely. My mind and body need about 15-20 minutes of sleep each afternoon. Some days, just closing my eyes and relaxing helps give me energy.

Resting gives me opportunity for renewed energy. After pausing during the day and enjoying quiet time, I can reflect on my surroundings. Rest makes me notice the beautiful creations of nature God has given. This afternoon, tree branches covered with hanging Spanish moss are gently bending in the wind. With each bend, sunshine streaks through my home office window. The warmth of the sun enters and gives me peace.

Next, I can reflect on prayer concerns. I can share conversation with God and take my joys and worries to Him. Reflecting on the day and asking Him to guide me in every moment brings me peace.

Rest, renew, reflect and then, write… #seriouslywrite #writing @mimionlife

My body and mind are ready for writing and sharing messages God wants me to share. Finding a comfortable position in my office chair, I close my eyes and pray. I thank God for this day and all His blessings. I ask Him to give me words to write.

Yes, fun times and stressful times will come and go. How I react to those times will bring peace or more stress. I am ready to rest, renew, reflect and write.

What ways do you find time to write? Do you follow a schedule? Share in the comments. Your words may help another writer.

Blessings,
Melissa Henderson

Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages through fiction, non-fiction, devotions, guest blogs, articles and more. Her first children’s book, “Licky the Lizard” was released in 2018. Some of her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina in 2017 to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”. 

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26 comments:

  1. So true Melissa! Even today, just home from a “reset” week, I find all those little tasks on my plate that will fill my day. But I will rest knowing Gods got this as I prioritize this week with large blocks for writing!

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    1. Hello Barb, This morning I was already stressing over my writing "to do" list. Then, I paused and thanked God for all these great writing opportunities. My perspective changed and He calmed me. :-)

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  2. I love this! And I agree with "Resting gives me opportunity for renewed energy." It truly does. Bless your work, Melissa!! Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Jessica. I will need a "rest" this afternoon. Lots of great writing opportunities today. I am thanking God for His blessings. Have a blessed week! :-)

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  3. I agree, rest is so important. I love that God commands it because this world demands activity. Some would call rest laziness. For me, rest comes down to giving myself permission sometimes. And that's not always easy. Thank you for your post!

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    1. I love how you say "rest comes down to giving myself permission sometimes". Yes, yes! That "to do" list will still be there after I rest and I will be able to handle it with a renewed spirit. :-) Have a blessed week!

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  4. Thanks for your post, Melissa! With facing a long "to-do" list, I know that I sometimes need to give myself permission to rest, rather than continuing to press forward. We're often more productive after taking a break!

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    1. I agree. Rest is very important. :-) Have a blessed day!

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  5. Me too, Melissa. I've always heard that studies show "cat' naps, just short intervals of closing our eyes in the afternoon or on a lunch break, renews us, our energy level and clears our mind making us much more productive.

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    1. I agree. A short rest or "cat" nap can truly refresh me. :-) I missed my quiet time this afternoon and I can tell the difference.

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  6. The daily nap is essential for me, too, Melissa. During our relocation and since then, my nap time has been rare, and it's impacting my sense of well-being, my patience, my awareness of the Lord, and my ability to see the beauty and goodness of God and to write about it. You remind me WHY I need to get back to my norm. Thank you! It is really so good for us.

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    1. I hope tomorrow will be a day we can get a good afternoon rest. I missed my rest today and I can tell the difference.:-)

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  7. I understand the need to rest in order for the words to flow. I take naps but I also need to schedule my writing. I have a very busy life, with working full-time at the church, doing life coaching, and selling real estate on the side...:) Then there is my family, granddaughter, etc. But my writing is important to me, so I decided this year to treat my blog like a business. I just learned how to develop a business plan for it and it's helping me stay on task.

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    1. Wow, Marcie, you are busy! :-) I like the idea of a business plan to keep on track. Great idea!

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  8. I agree Melissa, balancing work with rest is so important for so many reasons including taking care of our health, increasing productivity and making time for prayer.

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    1. Amen. Yes, making time for prayer is crucial. Thanking God for the gift of writing and reading is very important. Thanking God for all His blessings is first on my mind each day. :-)

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  9. I love the point you bring up about how you react to things. It is so true that we can choose our reactions, and oftentimes, our reactions make or break our moods. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thank you. Rest is very important and will determine how we react to life. :-)

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  10. I read through and reflected on all of your answers. The truth is, I haven't found the time to write; praying my February word count will be better than January. Thanks!

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    1. Praying for you Candice. There is a season for everything, including our writing. :-)

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  11. Rest, renew, reflect...good for every area of life!

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  12. Excellent post, Melissa - - thank you!
    So sorry I'm a few days late in replying (yes, one of those weeks, LOL). But I needed your post!
    Blessings, Patti Jo

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  13. “I close my eyes and pray. I thank God for this day and all His blessings. I ask Him to give me words to write.” Such beauty in those words. It reminds me to remember where the words come from as I write. Thanks for sharing

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  14. Such simple, but powerful wisdom. Rest, renew, reflect and write. I try to set aside a couple days each week, devoted to writing. But all the days fill up so quickly with Jesus, family and life. I definitely pray diligently for the Lord's leading with every message and every word. When we rest our work and ourselves in His hands, we are in the best place.

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