Freebie from the post “Dabney Hedegard on Being a Professional Patient, Author, and Homeschooling Mom”, posted on November 10th, 2013:
Elizabeth Veldboom’s review of Dabney Hedegard’s book When God Intervenes: http://allthingsnovel.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/when-god-intervenes/
Freebie from the post “Make Room For Rest”, posted on November 4th, 2013:
Life can get busy, especially around the holidays. All of us need to be refreshed and re-energized now and again, so why not create a *Rest Jar? The next time you begin to feel overwhelmed and need a break, just pick an idea at random from your jar. (Find the blog post that corresponds with this list here: http://wp.me/p2UgVn-8L.)
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Have dad or a babysitter come in and head out for a shopping day.
2) Go on an old-fashioned picnic with the kids.
3) Go see a movie.
4) Paint a picture without worrying about how good it is.
5) Go somewhere quiet and read a book.
6) Buy a new color of nail polish I’ve never tried before.
7) Take a long, hot bubble bath. Unless someone is hurt or dying, I am not to be disturbed!
8) Journal about my hopes, dreams, fears, and prayers.
9) Go on a late-night walk and count the stars.
10) Take a class from my local college and learn something new.
11) Call a friend or two and go out for coffee.
12) Go somewhere alone to watch the sunset (or sunrise) and talk to Jesus.
13) Take a long drive and play some worship music or my favorite CD.
14) Make a leaf pile and jump into them with my kids.
15) Brainstorm a “dream date” with my husband, then actually go on it!
16) Go on a treasure hunt and make a list of all the things I’m thankful for–from lady bugs on rain-spattered windows, to a roof over my head and food in my belly.
17) Take 1-3 ideas I’ve been meaning to try from Pinterest, and actually try them!
18) Buy a dozen roses and hand them out to complete strangers who look like they could use a smile.
Above all: have fun, slow down, and re-discover what used to make you smile. Embrace it all with child-like enthusiasm, and rest in Him.
*Here’s just one example of many of how you can create your Rest Jar:
-Start out with a Mason Jar as your canvas.
-Fill the jar with activites that bring you rest and enjoyment by either writing them down on slips of paper or popsicle sticks that you can pull out one at a time. (You can even decorate these, too!)
-Decorate your jar to fit your personality! Maybe that means painting your jar, or wrapping a piece of fabric around it with twine. Tie a ribbon around the mouth, or tape a picture of your family to the front of it.