Mold me each day, Lord, into what You would have me to be.

Mold me each day, Lord, into what You would have me to be.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Taking Time for You...

It has been a busy weekend here and I feel like I'm heading into Monday just a wee bit behind. Not good, right? Well, in honor of feeling behind I have decided to take a little while to relax. I am having a cup of hot chamomille tea as I work on chapter three of my book. That is so relaxing to me! It really does so much good to take a little time for yourself to relax. Yes, it is late, it's 10:25 p.m., and I really should be in bed, but this is time I need to take for myself. Once I get on a roll writing it is hard for me to stop until I am completely done with the chapter, so I will probably be up for a while yet. But, this is excellent quality time for me.

Below is a picture of my favorite tea cup. My mom has a really fantastic collection of tea cups, including antique ones and lots of really pretty decorate china cups. I am not a collector of tea cups, just someone who enjoys tea. This particular cup was given to me as a gift. It's glass, not china, but because it was a gift drinking out of it makes it that much more enjoyable.

I took the time to stop and post about this because I think it is important for all of us to take some time for ourselves. We want to be at our best at all times, and we are more likely to be that if we are taking the time with the Lord that we should be taking, and also taking some time to take care of ourselves. I'm not just talking about taking care of ourselves as in putting make-up on or exercising or dressing, I'm talking about taking care of ourselves mentally - getting the rest we need and time to unwind, a little time alone.

For me I like to drink hot tea and write, especially while listening to a bit of classical music. But for you, maybe it's a rich cup of coffee, or maybe curling up with a good book, possibly even a decadent chocolate chip cookie that is still a bit warm and gooey. For each of us our needs are different. So go, soak in a hot bubble bath, drink a cup of hot tea from your best china cup, or take five minutes just to go stand outside and watch nature, even go so far as to take a nap.

We should always remember that taking care of the people we love means also taking care of ourselves.


Terri said...

Good morning, April! I love the cup. I didn't realize you were writing a book. What's it about?

Anyway, my time for myself is sitting here checking blogs and drinking coffee. :-)


Michelle said...

You are so right April! I enjoy those moments too.
Thanks for sharing!

April said...

I am writing a book! It's a novel, christian fiction. I never really thought I could do something like this, but when I got the idea for it God just really brought it together. I have a long way to go, but it's an exciting journey for me!

I do have to say that I do have this blog time as time for me too, although I have not had coffee in about a week! CRAZY, huh?

Anonymous said...

Great post...thanks for this reminder, you're so right!

Very excited to hear you are writing a book! Wow!

Love your beautiful cup too...I have a favourite china mug with roses on it for my tastes better out of a pretty one, doesn't it?! lol

Love, Tina :)

April said...

Tina, sorry I haven't been on here in a couple of days. Yes, it absolutely tastes better out of a pretty mug. Would I be as enticed to drink that hot tea out of a styrofoam cup. NO way!

I'm excited about writing the book too! Just wondering how long it will take. I'm so detail-oriented when it comes to what I write that it is kind of a slow-go. I'm really pleased with it so far though, and I believe God has a plan for it!

Thanks for the encouragement!