Catching Rest

The crazy roller coaster ride, otherwise known as “our life” since Don’s mom was hospitalized, has thrown some real doozies at us the past few days. Unexpected twists, turns, and drop-offs always seem to be just around the bend. About the time we think we get the ride figured out, it changes yet again.

To be honest, I’m getting tired. Just the pace, the daily demands, keeps me pushing, pushing. But add an extra in there like an all-nighter at the hospital, and I move beyond being one tired puppy to walking zombie material. I actually miswrote my social security number on a document I had notarized the other day. I used the first few numbers of Don’s and the last few of mine. Still can’t believe I did that. Thank goodness I was lucky enough to notice the mistake as I was getting ready to mail it.

I know it’s important for me to take care of myself, too, so I’ve been catching my rest wherever I can. You know, just lightening the load. The bed doesn’t have to be made every day, cleaning can slide, clutter can sit…you get the picture. I’ve even asked family members to make some calls or write some emails, and they’ve gladly pitched in, happy to find a way to help. I’m sure you’ve noticed shorter blog posts, too, as I try to cut myself some slack on the blogging front.

So in the spirit of catching rest, I’m going to keep this post short — but not before I encourage you to catch your rest as well when you find yourself in trying times and remind us all that rest for our spirits is as close as closing our eyes and calling on the Lord. He’s rescued and refreshed me time and again. And oh, how I thank Him!

“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'” (Matthew 11:28)

*Update on Don’s mom: Even though she’s had improved times mixed in with the bad, the overall picture is deteriorating. The renal failure is causing difficulty breathing and now congestive heart failure has entered the picture. Thanks again for your prayers — they make all the difference.

*Flickr photo by Daveybot


  1. Praying for you, my friend. Don’t worry about blogland. We’ll be here when you get back.

    Rest well.

  2. Praying for all of you.

    Catch rest wherever you can. At one point last year when dad had been hospitalized for 5 months, I went to paper plates and plastic cups, I hated throwing them in the landfill but it saved precious time I wanted to spend w/ the Lord or sleeping.

    I pray for all of you to be refreshed physically, mentally, and spiritually and for the Lord to pour out His mercy and grace on your mother in law.


  3. Appreciate the prayers more than you know. Annette, I’m alredy using paper plates wherever I can. I may have to start with plastic cups before long. Ease is definitely the name of the game now…

  4. Cheryl,
    You are wise to get your priorities straight and focus on what’s most important. I lift up you, Don’s mom and your entire family in prayer to our heavenly Father who holds all things safely in his care.


  5. Cheryl:
    Please rest friend. I can hear it through your words! I’ll be praying for you tonight (I mean that). And don’t feel compelled to be over at my blog…I know just how exhausting it can be to keep up with everyone.

    May God grant you a healthy dose of his sheltering wings and peace this night.


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