{ Day 14 } 31 Days to Scare Away the Grief Monster – REST

Welcome to Day 14 of 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster.  Today’s word is


Scripture Meditation 

Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Genesis 2:3

I am punting with today’s word because it was not one I wanted to use. I was toying with the words improve, change, meet, or connect but I just was not “feeling” that I had anything to say about those words.

Not that I have much to say about “rest”, especially since I am doing anything but resting. My feet are tapping, stomping, and my body moving and grooving as I sit in my chair at the dining room table. I am listening to mostly non-stop disco music on my Kindle.  I toyed with the idea of today’s word being “burn” as I listed to the Tramps sing

“Burn, Baby Burn, Disco Inferno”

Excuse me a second while I give a “thumbs down” to the song Pandora is playing right now – some sort of slow mushy, mushy song. Up next is Donna Summer and “Hot Stuff”, now that is more like it.

Back to Rest

Even God rested.

Now I wish I could get everything done in 6 days and rest on the 7th. I wish I only needed 1 day of rest – but then I am not God and neither are you.

Rest is crucial to moving forward through your grief journey. I found it is best to make time for rest or God will find a way for you to rest. This usually involves colds, flu, sprained ankle etc..

He has a way of reminding us to to rest and seeing that we get it.


Rest does not necessarily mean sleep.

It could mean being curled up on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea, soaking in a tub of bubbles, or sitting in a rocking chair on the porch watching the sunrise.

Even Rommie, my fur-ever daughter now residing in heaven with Joe, had times where she rested and enjoyed the beautiful day.


Now quit reading and go rest.

Quote Meditation

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.

Thich Nhat Hanh

10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of photography at, where she is running the series 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio – because running a 31 Day series on one blog is not enough insanity.