Make the Time

Photo by Georgia Pointer

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31 (NLT)

It took me three weeks to get back to my sewing machine. This is not good. Sewing is my therapy. It keeps me sane as I create something beautiful. I love being alone with my thoughts with Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown singing in the background. Ahh.

Sitting there in my happy zone, nagging thoughts kept popping into my head. “You need to send those cards you promised, and you need to return that phone call. You also need to throw a load of laundry into the wash so you have….” On and on the voice nagged. Finally I stopped long enough to say out loud so the devil and anybody else could hear, “You know what, there is NEVER going to be a time when there is not something else I need to do. I have let you talk me out of my fun time for three long weeks. I need this time every bit as much as those other tasks need getting done. I am tired of waiting for permission to have fun. I am taking the time for me right now!” It felt so good!

How long has it been since you made time for activities that refresh your spirit? Nobody likes a martyr and everyone else’s needs don’t have to come before yours all the time. Your refreshment needs to be a line item in your time budget. You are responsible to make sure it happens. Jesus had a full schedule healing and doing miracles, but He also took time to refresh Himself. Be like Jesus and rest. Do something that brings you joy and don’t let anyone, including yourself, talk you out of it.

Published by georgiapointer

Welcome to Encouragement Outpost! My name is Dr. Georgia Pointer, a Christian writer who loves encouraging people in their relationship with Christ. I am a survivor of childhood rape and molestation, bullying, and emotional abuse. Negative thought patterns plagued me for many years until I learned to allow Christ and His Word to encourage and transform those thoughts. This background provides me with a passion to offer the same encouragement to anyone, not just abuse survivors, with the light of biblical truth that shines against the darkness of negativity, lies of the enemy, and daily struggles in living for Christ. I am a seminary graduate with a Masters in Christian Education. I also recently received my doctorate in Christian Counseling with a specialty in Family and Substance Abuse counseling. I served on staff for six years as a counselor at Moriah House of the Memphis Union Mission. I love the Word of God! I love studying it, teaching it, and speaking in public about it any chance I get. This blog, which I post about once a week, is my venue to share insights I glean. So, I invite you to subscribe to receive my weekly posts in your email and to share these posts with anyone you think might be encouraged by them.

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