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:

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:

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.


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