Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Quest to Digress

Good evening, folks. I hope that you all had a wonderful day. I've just cozied down into my comfy desk chair, which is really no desk chair at all, but a big u-shaped chair with pillows crammed on both sides. My mind is at peace as I recount the happenings of the day.

My alarm went off at 5:20 this morning, just as it always does, and I slowly stumbled into the bathroom and began splashing my face with warm water. I pulled on my clothes, which were wrinkled from head to toe, and gazed at myself in the mirror. Ugh, my body is worn down! I thought. I continued the process by brushing my teeth with my natural seaweed toothpaste. At least, I think it's made out of seaweed. It's something crazy like that.

The longer I stood up and readied myself for the day, the louder my body cried out for rest. After 20 minutes of fighting it, I finally gave in and declared the day a "rest day". I put my absence in the automated system and returned to my jammies. Just as I told you a few days ago, when my body tells me to rest, I rest.

I can't tell you what a blessing it was to sit in the sunniest house imaginable today. I rested my little heart out! And, it was good for the mind and the body.

Every single time that I get to spend an entire workday at home, without doctors' appointments or medical scans, I feel so at peace. I LOVE being home. Fortunately, as a teacher, I am able to spend many days at home. I know lots and lots of educators who spend all summer going to trainings and preparing for the next school year. And some even teach summer school! To me, this is NUTS! I count down the school days as if I was a student, and I mourn the loss of summer as soon as my calendar turns to August. I don't go to the school. I don't prepare for school. And, I don't think about school.

Brian and I have some life goals, and right now, my job is part of our life goal. It makes me chuckle to even say that we have "life goals". For, I know that our ways are not God's ways, and our thoughts are not His thoughts. So, I feel quite certain that in 10 or 15 years, we'll be doing something very different from what we're doing now, but I'm sure it won't be anything like we're planning.

I think it's good to have dreams and ambitions. But, sometimes I also think that we can miss God's perfection because it wasn't part of our plan. Now, more than ever, we're trying to make sure that our life is yielded to His use.


Julie-CA said...

So glad you had a rest day. There is something very precious about a relaxing day at home with the sun shining ever so cheerfully through the windows. Now my husband and I are going to go have our "rest night" now that our home is tidy and our little Noah is sleeping soundly. Good night to you out there in Texas...

Marla said...

It sounds to me like you did EXACTLY what God wanted you to do today. Rest and your body can heal and the Lord will work his magic on you. I will continue to pray for your healing.

Anonymous said...

Glad you stayed home and rested. I teach school, and I feel the exactly the same way you do. I think my time off is my time off. I love to spend it with my two year old. I leave school as soon as I can (on most days), and I don't work in the summer. I know that the adminstrators don't always like it, but that is just the way it is. Continue to rest and take care of yourself.

from one teacher to another

Tyler Texas Real Estate Lorri Loggins said...

Lindsey, I read these verses in my devotion this morning. I pray for your Healing everyday. God does hear our prayers and He does Heal!
Lorri Loggins Tyler TX

2 Kings 20:1-6

"In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, "Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: "Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.' "

Paula Chaffin said...

Brian & Lindsey,
I am so excited to read that you rested for the day. I have been praying that since your last post of going back to work. I glad that you are listening to your body and listening to God. Sometimes when we want to press on, he want us to rest.
PS. I was with a friend last night that just finished her radiation in December. She said that she would wear Spanx instead of a bra because the other would wear on her skin and make it more raw. She also told me about a cream that they gave her to keep the redness and soreness down that had to be made at a compound pharmacy.
she did great and had no problems, as I know you will too.
A little tmi but thought you would like to know.
We love you guys!
The Chaffin's
Stormin' His Throne on your behalf!

Anonymous said...

You may already read Daily Word and if so you know how awesome it is. I start my day by reading the word for each day and when I read this morning's (Friday, Feb. 26) I immediately thought of you and had to share:

The word is "Protected"

"I am confident and secure in the presence of God."

"If I am feeling discouraged or disappointed about any circumstance in my life, I take time now to become centered in prayer, to be at peace in the presence of God. No matter where I am or what is happening, I still my thoughts and move into a quiet place of communion with God."

"In this place of serenity, I remember the truth of my being, the part of me that never changes. I say to myself: "I am God's beloved today and always. The Christ Spirit is within me. Everything that is true about me remains. All the power of the universe is in me."

"Returning to my day, I feel confidence restored and my sense of peace renewed. I remain in the strong and protected presence of God as I get back up and begin again."

"The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone." - John 8:29

The words "All the power of the universe is in me" gave me chills, and I KNOW dear Lindsey you are able to tap this power.

In prayer,


Tanya said...

Good for you. The sunshine has the amazing ability to change a person's whole outlook. I miss it in the winter when we rarely see it.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!