Mind Rest We have all heard that we should give our bodies a rest, lest we wear them out. Well did you ever think about your mind needing a rest? Mine certainly does, and often!
I get so many things going on in my head i can't even think straight. Everything gets to be major, confusing, and frustrating because i can't get past square one. Everything is so attached to everything else. In a book Scott and I read called "Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti", by Bill and Pam Farrel, it says a man's brain is like a waffle. It is all these little compartments where they keep everything separately. They can't be in more than 1 'box' at a time. There is a box for sports, one for work, a separate one for mowing the yard, for Bible study and so on. They have a 'listen to your wife' box (ever wonder why when he's watching sports he doesn't listen to what you are saying? It's because he isn't in his 'listen to his wife" box). And, they have a "NOTHING" box!!!!
Now, a woman's mind is like a spaghetti noodle. Everything is attached to everything else. So, we can't just simply chose one problem to work on, but we think about how it is going to affect everything else along the line. They are all attached together. Now men don't understand this, any more than women understand how they can have a "nothing" box.
OK, I got a little off track here. What i started out to say is how we need to rest our minds. I have several ways i do this. I have grandchildren. Wonderful grandchildren!! When i need a break from all the things that are going through my mind, i hang out with them. You can't think about life's problems and decisions when you are reading a story, drawing, playing Polly Pocket, or playing hide and seek. Works every time. Another thing that works is helping someone else. Sometimes i go help prepare the church dinner on Wednesday. If I don't concentrate on chopping those onions, it might be my thumb in the soup instead! You canhelp someone else by listening to their problems. Kind of puts your aside for awhile and helps them all at once. Or you could even have a friend listen to yours. Sometimes a fresh perspective helps clear your mind.
Have you noticed a pattern here? All these ways of clearing my mind involved other people. And most of them involve helping others. WOW! Isn't that great? We can help others, and end up helping ourselves at the same time! We are blessed, and we have blessed others!
One more thing. You must take time to do it. Taking time to be with the Lord brings the best peace of all. I know you don't feel like you have any time. But you won't have more time by worrying either.
So, give it a try. Hang out, help people, listen, spend time with God, and let your mind rest.
I was just on a blog that was having a contest. To enter, you were supposed to tell something you were grateful for. Not unusual this time of year. Seems everyone has some kind of a grateful 'thing' going on. And that is a good thing. Something we should do every day, to be mindful of all our blessings.
I guess I was a little surprised by the first thing that came into my mind. My first thought was about that fella in the top pic of my post today. My sweet husband of nearly 41 years.
My first thought was that I am grateful for this man who worked most of his life to support and his wife and children. And my second thought was that i was grateful that he is in good health so he can enjoy his much earned retirement. I pray each night for years of good health so he can enjoy his retirement.
My next thought was that I am grateful that my parents have moved here. My Dad has dementia, and it saddens my heart to see him getting worse as time goes on. But, I'm grateful for each time he remembers who I am. And that he says to say hi to Scott, my sweet fella. I see the confusion on his face sometimes, but I'm grateful that sometimes he knows who and where he is. I'm grateful for my Mom, who cares for him, though i can see in her eyes, she is tired. I'm grateful they have the strength of the Lord to keep them going.
And this is my brother and 'sis'. (sis-in-law). I'm grateful that they have opened up their home to our parents. Not a very big home, just one small extra bedroom. But, they made room. I'm grateful for their tender, loving, daily care for Mom and Dad, for whatever time they decide to be there.
And I'm most grateful for a God who knows all that is happening, love us with more love than we can ever imagine, thinks of us every moment of every day, and tenderly cares for us all, under that shadow of His wing.
Lord, help me to remember you are here and hold me close as you collect every tear in a bottle.
This is the view from the balcony of our room. We overlooked the golf course. Weather was beautiful. Scott golfed and read. I crafted, and shopped. (A great antique/crafters mall there in Klamath Falls if you get down that way!)
Nice weather, safe travel, no anxiety for one week! A great vacation!!
I'll try to catch up on my visits, and share some new insights with you as time permits. This is a hectic time at the store because of Christmas/ holiday sales coming up. THIS WEEK IS FIRST ONE!!
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