“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” - Matthew 11:28-30 TPT
Hello again, Dear Diamonds. It's been a while since I've written a blog post.
I must say that life has been interesting since I've last shared with you. I finally stepped into a new level of the woman I want to be: Boss Woman.
Let me give you a bit of background information: I was born in the 90s, into a predominately female home. I know what it's like to have to provide for my family. I know what it's like to do it alone. In essence, yes, I'm an independent woman.
I'm definitely an alpha woman who is used to taking care of herself. I take pride in my capability and achievements, especially because prayer gives me an extra boost. God has given me grace, strength, strategy, and energy for all of my goals this year.
I've been on a roll and I'm still going.
So here's my problem: I don't know when to stop.
I confess to you that I feel like I've wasted my youth. I spent the first half of my life depressed. While most kids in my class decided to join clubs or sports, I isolated myself in my room and did nothing but sit and stare at the wall. I wasn't interested in anything. I wasn't motivated to do anything. I was just super, super sad.
As an adult, I find myself making up for lost time. Between writing, helping others build their brands, and filming video projects, I have a lot on my plate. I am in a season of creative overflow and I want to get the most out of these ideas inside me.
Still, my body doesn't function properly without balance.
So after a few weeks of nonstop sowing, I finally sat down and told the Lord "I'm tired. I have so much more to do but I'm burnt out. My brain isn't even functioning the same way. I need rest. Please help me to feel well rested."
He responded with:
"Refresh" is definitely the right word to use. Reading that scripture revitalized my spirit.
What stood out to me was the word "oasis".
The website Enotes defines "oasis" as a "fertile or green spot in the desert. It represents a type of shelter from the storm. ... Out of something that has come to symbolize a lack of life and something devoid of vitality, the oasis emerges".
How on point is that? Even as I type this, I feel like the walking dead. I feel unfocused, drained, and lifeless. And God responds to my burn out with LIFE.
God stresses that time spent with Him restores our spirit. In His presence, anxiety, sickness, and all ailments fall away. In your quiet time with Him, He reminds you of His promises and instills confidence within you. When you are still before Him, you gain peace for the storms of your life.
Dear Diamonds, rest is important.
I know we all live in a #TeamNoSleep society, but you will never get the results you need this way. Resting leaves room for inspiration and enlightenment. It leaves room for solutions to materialize. It leaves room for your body to catch up to all the great ideas in your head. Sometimes you cannot move forward until you mentally and physically rest.
For me, resting means discipline. It means going to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep. It means rearranging my schedule so that time with God is prioritized and idle time is minimized. It means giving myself a mental break when I'm in a creative rut or just plain tired of staring at my screen.
I love becoming this boss woman, but I can't be a great leader without proper, intentional rest. So projects, planning, and social media will be on pause for today. I'm joining my life with Jesus, so I can be refreshed.
How do you define rest? Are you working when you should be resting?
Listen to your body and His spirit. God is your oasis. He has everything that you need.
Until next time, loves.
With Love, Kay