To Rest is To Heal

Waiting. It’s been the absolutely most difficult thing to do. I wait for physical healing. I wait to see the day I live completely free of ailments, aches, pains, and fatigue.

God has promised that He is with me in the waiting. I was reminded of that during the Tsunami warning last week. That promise brings such a peace that washes over me and I find rest that would have never been possible.
I’m a type A, give it my all, and do it with gusto kind of woman. These years of allowing rest into my life so my body can heal is teaching me beautiful balance. I can only give it my all, if at first I’m rested up. I can only do with gusto, if I’m rejuvenated from resting. I'm proactive. Need I say more? :D
The unexpected adventure I’ve been on since I became ill, is learning all about health, nutrition, spirit, stress, and myself. I've learned that I’d really rather not strive against or grasp at. I’d rather find God’s perfect rhythm for my breath, words, steps, and relationships. I’d rather rest and heal.

I still give it my all and do it with gusto. I’m learning to do it rhythmically, melodically in time with my Maestro. I can hear him tapping as if to say, “get ready”. I can see Him raise His baton and wink at me signaling “here we go”. His orchestrating creates indescribable sounds that resonate my life with peaceful soul rest. 
You are a note in my life’s melodies and harmonies. Even if this is the first time you’ve come here, whether you post your life words or pass through, you’ve played your note for me. Some of you have solos in my songs. Some of you one note. Together we make sweet, beautiful living music. This is a huge part of my physical rest
I’m enjoying this adventurous journey toward healing. I’m finding deep rest in learning, connecting, and creating. I’m breathing in sweet balance and breathing out life. I rest and I heal a little more each time.

Have you found physical rest? What was your journey to get there like?
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Are you still on your journey and finding hints of rest here and there, like me? 
Life words:
Psalms 3:5 I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 
Proverbs 27:9 Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, 

   a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.


Cheryl Allen Salinas said...

I love the way you use your words! I'm praying for continued healing for you.

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe said...

@Cheryl A.S. - Hi dear friend. Thank you for all your ongoing prayers. Who knew there would be hidden blessings in the healing process.

Melissa said...

Well said. I love your musical illustration.

I'm still working on finding rest, and I can relate to needing rest for physical healing.

Jennifer said...

Hi, I too am jammin' with Faith Barista. :) Love your thoughts on waiting and rest. Sometimes waiting can be aggrevating, but I love how you have found rest in the place God has you. :)

Monica Sharman said...

"I’m a type A, give it my all, and do it with gusto kind of woman."

Yeah, me too. :) Or, I used to be. Now I'm still Type A and gusto, but the balance thing is helping a lot.

Sheryl said...

I'm still learning how to rest. I'm not stellar at it. Thanks for being an example of getting it right.

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe said...

Hi Melissa, Jennifer, Monica, & Sheryl

It refreshes my soul to see I'm not alone in the quest for balanced soul rest. We're in it together! :D I'm happily along for this adventure with you all.

Lisa notes... said...

Beautifully said, Jeri. Waiting is so hard for me, but it is a part of God's natural rhythm and I want to be more accepting of the waiting time as resting time.

Congrats again on the wedding! Maybe this week you can get even more rest. :-)

Bonnie Gray said...

As you've read, Jeri, I know how you feel. :) Waiting is not our default, but I have gained so much better health since healing from my carpel tunnel syndrome. Simple things are important to me now: drinking water, eating fruit, breathing, ... I would've never known how enjoyable this things are I used to take for granted. Thanks for leaving the light on for me!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing honestly about your journey toward His balance for you... and His Presence in the waiting. What a testimony of Him in you! Bless you, my sister.

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe said...

@Lisa - Natural rhythm & more rest this week - yes :D
@Bonnie - So right on! It's the simple things and taking care of ourselves. It's a soft glowing light for peace ;-)
@Stephanie - Thank you so very much. Your photo blog is wonderful.

Papi's Girl said...

I find rest when I take moments to meditate, pray and just be thankful for every breath. It is easy to get wrapped up in the world and in our struggles whether they be physical or emotional. So for me taking time to just be still with God helps calm my soul.

Many blessings to you as you continue to heal. Your words are like water to my soul. Thanks. :)