Some people use R&R to mean "rest and relaxation." That’s what people do on cruises or vacations and it typically involves spa robes or frosty beverages.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

While I could use a day at the spa, one of my top priorities is setting aside time for my version of R&R: "resting and receiving."

Do you have to work at resting?

I know for some people, they have to force themselves off the couch and make a monumental effort to chip away at their to-do list.  

But I know for many women, sitting down for a bit takes major effort, let alone taking an entire day to rest.

We have a hard time be-ing instead of do-ing.

I even made my word for the year "beloved" in 2014 to remind myself to slow down and "be loved."

What about receiving?

I bet you're a better giver than receiver. Those of us who love to serve and help often feel awkward accepting gifts, whether a trinket or a personal favor. Sometimes a simple blessing from God can even feel extravagant or misplaced! “Noooo!” we say. “Give that to someone else who needs it more!”

If you're like me, "rest and receiving" doesn't come naturally.

But God gives rest to the burdened and weary. Every good and perfect gift is from Him!

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."

James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."

That's why I have to force myself to intentionally pursue R&R.

Sometimes I take a day of rest and ignore the laundry and dirty dishes to play with my kids or go on a hike. Other times I sit with a pen and my journal in breathless anticipation of what God wants to reveal to me. Every so often, a miracle happens and I can have some time to unplug, decompress and open myself up to God's gifts all in one sitting.

My goal is to keep practicing until R&R becomes my default mode! In the meantime, whether a weekend or fifteen minutes, R&R is important--and even more refreshing than a spa day.

Tabitha Dumas, Author
loveSTRONG ministries