When schedules get incredibly hectic, sometimes I need an excuse to just relax. This week has been one of those weeks. My rewrites for my latest novel were due, I’m still writing a novella to conclude my Ladies of Harper’s Station series, and on Monday night, I Skyped with some author friends to brainstorm ideas for another novella collection. Not to mention the full-length novel that I need to start writing next month – the one I’ve only half-plotted in my head.
And this is just the writing piece of my life pie. I still have normal work duties at the office, mom duties at home, and church duties. I’m sure all of you can relate. It often seems like we have more demands on our time than we have hours in the day.
Sometimes I have to remember that God created the Sabbath for a reason. Rest–mental as well as physical–is necessary for our well-being. I rarely take a full day of Sabbath, but I like to take mini Sabbaths during the day, even when I’m busy. I don’t always make the time, but when I do, I never regret it. Often my 10-15 minute Sabbath involves a cup of tea sweetened with honey and a devotional. I keep a copy of Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling on my desk at work. I love the short devotionals as well as the Bible verses included on each day. It’s a perfect way to step outside of my schedule and reconnect with the One who created time in the first place.
The Lord has never failed to provide all the time I need to accomplish the tasks he sets before me. Yet when I’m in the midst of stress and deadlines and a to-do list that seems a mile long, I so easily forget his faithfulness. I need the reminder that he is the master of time. He can create it from nothing or even stretch it into whatever length we need in order to be victorious. Just ask Joshua. He watched the sun stand still in the sky so that Israel might vanquish their foes.
So what does this have to do with the contest graphic at the top of this post? Well, it’s been on my heart lately to do more to love on my readers. Your lives are just as hectic as mine, and if I can give you an excuse to take a moment to rest and de-stress, I’d love to do that.
So I am trying my very first Amazon Giveaway. I’ll be giving away a copy of an adult coloring book based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The book is filled with wonderful designs along with quotes from the book. You can use it to relax in the evening or if you are really disciplined, you might even manage to turn it into a mini Sabbath of your own for taking a short break in the middle of a hectic day.
I will admit that I’ve never tried this type of giveaway before. Amazon will only allow instant winners. There is no option to draw a winner from all the entrants at the end. The winner will be chosen at random, and once the prize has been awarded, the contest will close. So if you are interested in winning, please enter soon. There is no way to know when the contest will close.
Here is the link to the contest:
I hope you win!
In the meantime –
- What is your favorite way to take a mini Sabbath during a crazy day?