Those two concepts are hard for this particular lady/wife/mom/teacher/writer. I wear a great many hats each day, but I'm always "doing" something.
Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God..." I know that He is God, but I have problems with the "be still" part. Even when I lay down to sleep at night my mind reviews the events of the day and plans my strategy for the next day or the next week. Then it tends to run on any given tangent. I'll start thinking about school, move to the mail, which brings me to e-mail, from there we can go to facebook or writing or blogging or even a game I'm playing. My mind wanders. It's not necessarily logical, and sometimes "I" don't even know how I went from point A to point B in my thought process.
The point is that I find it hard to rest or relax. I try really hard sometimes because I know it's what I need to do. I've listened to a variety of music. I've relaxed on the bed (that lasts about 5 minutes). And you know, it's not just my physical body that has a hard time resting and relaxing. My spirit seems as restless (if you will), or maybe it's my flesh just getting in the way. I struggle with resting in the Lord. I want to be "doing" something. I pray often, but forget to stop and listen for an answer. Who asks a question and then doesn't wait for the answer? \o <--- That's me, raising my hand. :) Can you raise your hand too?
God, please help us learn to rest in you. Help us to do that which NEEDS to be done, but not overwhelm ourselves with stuff that You have not called us to do. Thank you Father for answering our prayers, even when we fail to listen. Amen.
If you are successful at resting and relaxing, tell us your secret. Even if you're not "perfect" at it, let us know what works for you. For me, reading is relaxing to a certain extent. Reading in the bathtub is heavenly. ;)
As always, under HIS wings,