Be still my soul when God calls you to a season of rest

Be Still my soul when God call you to a season of rest
Do you tackle or tiptoe? I’ll admit, I’ve done my fair share of tiptoeing. I answered one of those personality tests 20 years ago which identified my personality as a ‘peacemaker.’ The type of person that didn’t want to make waves and strives to make sure everyone is happy. Even at the expense of my feelings and desires, I worried about how others felt and put their needs first. Some may say that’s a good *mothering or womanly* instinct to have. But is it? Really? Is tiptoeing around a problem better than tackling it?

Have you heard the expression “An empty pot cannot fill the cup.” You may have lived the scene in your life. Have you ever gone to fill your coffee cup only to discover the pot is empty and still on? You could imagine the feeling of warmth as the decadent, silky brew passed through your lips. You had your cup ready with a spot of cream inside and drop or two of sweetener. Perhaps you were a little distracted when you grabbed the carafe and didn’t notice it was light with air rather than heavy with the black and beautiful liquid. Then you tilted it forward, and only a measly drop fell into your cup. You had to choose at that moment. Either brew another cup, to refill the pot or walk away empty handed, yet still longing for its steamy goodness.

So many women struggle with the process of filling the cup. No, I’m not talking about the coffee cup. I’m talking about their cup of life.

Becoming a woman at rest

Why is it so hard for women to slow down and take care of themselves?

I’m starting a reflective journal experience to document journey to rest. #WomanAtRest You see, I tiptoed around the problem of self-care for several years. But, I will soon celebrate 2 1/2 years as a ‘cubicle nation escapee.’ I gave myself that title to put a cute twist on my quitting the corporate world and coming home to — rest.

When I quit my job, I was at a physical, mental and spiritual impasse. My pot was empty, and I didn’t have anything left to give. I was that empty coffee pot. I looked like a coffee pot; I sat in the coffee machine. But, the heat was on. Do you know what can happen to an empty coffee pot if left on the burner too long? They crack.

Yup….

I was at a cracking point. Yes, I was living a great life. No, I wasn’t depressed (at least I didn’t think I was at the time.) By all outside appearances, I was happy.

Why is it hard to take/make quiet time in the morning to pray, read and meditate? What’s so hard about turning things ‘off’ an hour early and restoring our spirit with quiet? Why is it so difficult to ask others for help? Why is it so hard to turn down projects or promotions?

Maybe it’s because we live in a society of ‘more and instant.’ We want more, and we want it fast. Or is the unsettled spirit is because everyone else can do “it” (whatever it is) and their life seems so wonderful? So, we have the “why can’t I” mentality.

Several things were going on at the time, which are all topics for a different post. The bottom line was that I made bad decisions on handling stress. I was at a point that just deciding to ‘do things differently’ wasn’t an option. I had to make changes. It was entirely my fault the changes had to be drastic. But, I knew the time had come I had to tackle it head-on and in a big way…

So, I quit my corporate job. I walked away from the status, the prestige, the money…

And I came home.

Home, to place of rest and a season of rest….

I don’t know what you’re facing in your life now. Maybe God is calling you into a season of rest. Or, perhaps you have a huge decision you need to make.

I encourage you to walk into the problem with the strength of the Lord.

Tackle the problem head-on, rather than tiptoeing around it. Be the woman of faith who leans on her Lord for the strength you need. Let your heart pray “Be still my soul.” If you feel the prompting that God is calling you into a season of rest, feel free to comment. I would love to pray for you during your season of rest.

Self-care strategies for women of Faith

Here are some self-care strategies I implemented immediately.

Realize that self-care is not selfish. Remember my analogy above about the coffee pot. It’s your responsibility to take care of your physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health. No one else can do it for you.
Be your best friend. Treat yourself the way you would your best friend. Some of the things we do to ourselves or the inner words we say to ourselves are shameful. We would never treat another person that way, why do it to ourselves?
Spend time alone.Some women may have a hard time doing this. Time alone can be in prayer, or quiet meditation with some quiet praise and worship music. You can spend quiet time with an uplifting book and a cup of tea. It’s important to quiet the outside hustle and bustle. A time of rest is to be ..restful.
Create a support network. Hopefully you have people in your life who support your decision for a season of rest. A spouse, loved ones or best friend can provide the encouragement you need along the way if you find yourself doubting your decision.
Live a new routine. A season of rest means you are going to quit doing some things you used to do. For every woman it’s different. It may mean a drastic job change or simple changes to your environment. It’s important to know your priorities and what the season of rest is for you.

When I answered God’s call to my season of rest, I quit my corporate job. I told everyone the time was for me to heal my heart, mind, body, and soul. I started new daily routines, the most important was getting back into God’s word. My hungry, thirsty and parched soul found this to be my greatest need. It helped many areas of my life which will fill pages and pages of my journal as I share them with you.

Until them, I encourage you to be a Woman At Rest.


Kim Steadman is a wife, mother and proud Meme. She retired from corporate life to bring her heart, mind, body and soul home and to start her creative writing journey. Her writing works include “The Creative Prayer Journal” and “The Diary of a Recycled Dog.” She loves to help other creatives nurture the connection between their faith & creativity.

2 Comments

  1. Annette Gardner

    Love it.

  2. I love what you have shared here, Kim. Self-care is not selfish. I don’t know how we got to where we are as a society, but the rush-rush, hurry-hurry, get-to-the-top mentality is grueling. I left the corporate world several years ago and I have not regretted it for one moment. Can’t wait to see and share more of your creative endeavors.

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