Its been a while since I was last on here, and a lot has been going on.  Last week I was graced with the presence of my dear friend Emily.  She came to visit all the way from Vancouver!  During college Ems and I trained alongside Annett, and it was us as a trio that spent hours and days training, traveling, and competing with one another.  I miss the time spent with these girls and wish we could all live in the same place again, but as it is I will have to settle for Skype dates and occasional visits…  Also, it being memorial day weekend, I spent much of my time at work (food service tends to do that to you on holiday weekends).  And though it was only Friday thru Sunday that I was unable to practice, it felt like eternity!  Needless to say it was good to be back at it yesterday.

One of the things I struggle with as life picks up to a more-than-usual busy schedule is carving out some “quiet” time each day.  It’s one of those things you don’t realize you are missing until it’s too late and your body and mind shut themselves down.  Being quiet, taking time to read, to rest, to pray, is a discipline I learned spending a year at the Joshua Wilderness Institute.  It has cultivated a deeper, richer faith and relationship with Christ, and has given my body and mind the rest and recovery that it so often needs.  And it makes total sense right?  How do our bodies grow and get stronger?  It’s during the rest and recovery phase!  After our muscles are broken down during a hard training cycle, our bodies heal and recover them into stronger muscles through rest.  However, if we do not insert recovery into our training, our bodies will eventually break down into injury, forcing the rest it needed earlier.  So after a busy week filled with so many great things, my body was reaching its limit and crying out for stillness.  Last night as I laid on my dad’s lap and he played with my hair my soul began to recover.  It was such a great picture of how God our Father desires for us to rest in His lap, and feel the quiet and peace that only He can give us…  This week I encourage you to find some time to lay with God and feel the rest He desires to give your soul.

Psalm 107: 6,9,30
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven. ”