Learning to Rest...

In the last post, I began a journal with the theme of rest, inspired by Mary Brack’s “All in All Signature Journal Class.”

Theme verse:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 The Message

Working on the R - Release part of the REST acronym.

It feels like preparation for entering into a sabbath time.. with Release being the right place to start:

Release is to be free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc. To let go, to allow to be known; To free from debt, to give up, relinquish, liberate, surrender a right, to remove restriction; deliverance.

Entering into a period of rest is something I feel I must do in order to move forward.

2018 has been a year of “family.” It’s been over 20 years since I have been a part of my family of origin. I’d go as far to say there have been some relational miracles, and I am filled with joy as we reap the benefit of the blessings of being family again. But there are other things that are really hard. As one of my wise dear Friends Katie says, “Renegotiating relationships is hard and fraught with peril.” We need healing… It takes time, emotional energy, the will to stay engaged, and an absolute dependence on God, trusting it will turn out ok.

Check it out!

At the end of May 2018 a new Bible Journaling lesson was added to the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-course featuring the Woman at the Well – John 4, including video demo with insights on the meaning of the text, and Bible Journaling margin image PDF.

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Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
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  1. Valerie, your work continues to amaze and delight. You have beautifully captured the feeling of rest and so thoroughly expressed its meaning all on the same pages. I, too, am taking a rest right now – from work, from unpacking, from cleaning up after the flood. It feels so good to relax into my art making with no stress over the outcome, only experiencing the joy from creative play. Bless you, be well my friend.

    • Thank you Michelle! I’m glad you get a rest too. We missed you last art gathering, saying, “What would Michelle say about that?” We pitched in our Michelle-esque answers, laughed and missed you… Love and blessings to you my Friend! -Valerie

  2. Your journal is so beautiful and I’m a big fan of the theme! Rest was my word of the year two years ago. Rest is so vital for our spiritual health. 🙂

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