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{ 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 OgleOhio.com, 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. 

31 Days of Joy: Day 12 – Joy in Rest.

Today is a day of rest after a 48 hour work week. It is 4:56 p.m. and my energy level is finally where I want it.  My job is seasonal and will end probably within a couple weeks, maybe sooner.

I attended church this morning, which is a rarity after working 6 days. Normally I stay snuggled under the covers a couple extra hours. After church I drove to Northpark and walked around the pond taking fall pictures for my other blog – OgleOhio.  

Then it was time for the zoo grocery store. (On a Sunday after church it really is more like a zoo.) Once I got home and ate a sandwich, it was off to bed for a 1 1/2 hour nap.  Rommie and I have been playing tennis ball and watching a movie since I got out of bed.

While there has been rest today, a load or two of laundry needs done as well as a manicure/pedicure before bed. But most importantly it is time to feed Rommie.

Hope everyone had a restful weekend.




31 Days of Joy: Day 4 – Joy in Rest

It is 9:01 a.m. as I write this post.  I have been up 36 minutes.

There was no alarm clock singing its shrill song this morning, for I am not working today. (Cue Mr. Handel – Hal-le-lu-jah!, Hal-le-lu-jah!)

I woke up at 6 and promptly rolled over and fell back into a deep, restful sleep.  Every now and then I would here Rommie come into my bedroom attempting to get me out of bed, but I felt called to asleep. I could not have gotten up even if I wanted. It is as if the hand of God was holding me down, telling me to sleep.

I felt very relaxed, warm and cozy. The warmth was probably from the sun streaming through the eastern window. God knew I needed the sleep as my monkey brain was in overdrive this week chattering about the household chores, errands, and job search activities that need done. God used this restorative sleep to shut the monkey up.

Plus God knows this next week is a 48 hour work week and I need to store up the energy for it.

Thanks for the deep, relaxing sleep God. I felt very loved by and connected to you.

Now this very rested and restored blogger is off to eat her Scottish Oatmeal with 2 tablespoons ground flax-seed meal with a pinch of organic honey swirled in. Then it is off to the dry cleaners as the interview suit needs cleaned.

May you experience joy in a deep, relaxing sleep in God’s arms today.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28



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