Rest, Recharge, Refocus

A few weeks ago, Hannah and I traveled to Utah together for a much needed vacation. It was so nice to be in the peaceful mountains and have time to relax! Of course we did our fair share of skiing and exploring but there was no agenda. For someone who is extremely organized and scheduled, it's a big adjustment to have several days of no set plans, but I adjusted rather quickly and let me tell you… it was not that difficult! It was a relief to wake up every morning and not have to consult my day planner and remind myself what is on my plate for the day. It allowed me time to recharge and refocus myself. 

Going back to my earlier statement about being very "type A", it would drive me crazy to live every single day this way for a long period of time. I could never live my entire life without ever making plans ahead of time or making to-do lists, but every once in a while it is much needed. This is how God wired us. It's why we have the Sabbath Day. He himself rested after creating this world. "And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation" (Genesis 2:2-3).  If the God of the universe thinks rest is important, shouldn't it be something that we value too?

I think sometimes we feel like taking a break to simply rest makes us lazy, when in reality God recognizes our tendency to burn ourselves out so he not only advises us but commands us to stop and rest. Hebrews 4:9-11 says, "So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience." Remember that God is omniscient and he knows our hearts. He tells us to rest because he knows if we don't that we will rely so heavily on ourselves and forget to rely on him. He knows my "type A" personality will take over and I will try to control and manage everything myself to the point of exhaustion. Because I want to live a life marked by obedience to God, I will rest. How amazing is it that we serve a God who loves us enough to tell us to rest, recharge and refocus? 

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
–Matthew 11:28

It was so much fun exploring Main Street in Deer Valley with Hannah (who did an amazing job shooting these photos!) We enjoyed lunch with a great view of the mountains then walked up and down the street popping into the shops. Even though it doesn't seem like it in the photos, I was FREEZING so grabbing coffee and warming up inside was much needed. When it's cold outside, I am all about layers and hats! I decided to dress down this outfit and make it "mountain appropriate" by wearing flat boots and a baseball cap. 

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