Take A Break!

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “take.”

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Today was one of those rare days when as soon as I saw the FMF prompt, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about!

All day long, there is one phrase that has been going round and round in my head: take a break!

Of course, it’s not particularly unusual – it’s the summer.  It’s the time when lots of us think about taking a break from our normal routine, but it was the emphasis on the word “take” that really made me stop and think.

According to Merriam-Webster, the word “take” can be defined as: “to get into one’s hands or into one’s possession, power, or control.”

In other words, it is an intentional act.  We may be offered something, but we have the choice about whether to take it.  Otherwise we will never possess it.

It reminded me that we have to choose to take a break.  It won’t just happen by itself.  If we wait until we reach the end of our to-do list, the chances are we’ll be waiting a very long time.  Sometimes we just have to choose to leave things undone and have a break.

This week I have tried to be intentional about doing that.  Instead of ploughing on with chores or tasks that need to completed, I’ve chosen to take a break from time to time – to go for a walk, to watch a movie, to pause for half an hour and read a book.

It doesn’t have to be a long break to be refreshing, but it’s something we have to be intentional about taking.

And I think it’s something that God wants us to take.

Psalm 23:2 reminds us that: “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.”

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28 NLT)

The offer is there.  Will you take it?

Speaking of taking a break, I may not be around here quite so much over the next month or so.  I will still be posting at times, and taking part in FMF when I can, but I won’t be sticking to a fixed schedule, so don’t worry if my posts are a little less regular than usual.


30 thoughts on “Take A Break!

  1. Rest… thank you for the reminder that it is something that we need to take. God provides but we must choose to take it. Blessings as you take a rest this summer. Thank you for sharing. (neighbor on FMF)

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  2. I’m proud of you for stepping back and taking necessary rest. Even those brief periods of rest, taking a walk, reading a book are restorative. God gave us the example when he rested on the 7th day. Why do we struggle to follow His example?

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  3. Take it. Hmm…that may be just the word I need to hear too. And what I need to do. Sometimes I wait for a break to find me, but if I need one, I need to reach out for it. I love that Matt Maher song and haven’t heard it in awhile so finding rest in this too!

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  4. I know that I should take a break,
    but cancer’s breaking me,
    so there’s nothing I’ll forsake
    till a restful eternity.
    The sands are running quickly now
    and breath is coming hard,
    and it’s really kind of funny how
    life’s become a fused petard.
    But it’s all right and I don’t mind,
    full-throttle to the end,
    where I’ll be repaid in kind
    from the nail-holed hands of a Friend.
    And perhaps we’ll rest under a summer sun,
    or perhaps the race has just begun!

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    1. Praying for you, Andrew! It’s amazing to know we have the hope of that eternal rest free from pain and suffering. In the meantime I’m glad you’re still here and still fighting!

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  5. We can’t do our best for our family, job, or God is we’re stretched to the limit! Taking breaks is vital to being our best! Another great post!

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  6. Blessed today by your beautiful post on taking a break. Although I’ve been recovering from surgery since March 6th, it is not the kind of break of which you write. I loved some of the replies you received, especially the one that mentioned if we don’t take a break, how can we be still and know that He is God. Amen!

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    1. Thanks, Sherrey! Yes, I always love the comments and getting other people’s insights. We definitely need to make time to be still and know that He is God.

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  7. Lately…I’m finding it harder and harder to take a break. A break without guilt or thinking ahead to how I will “make up for my break.” So silly. This is a new challenge for me (and I don’t know where it came from??) But your post was a good reminder. Take a break. It’s good. It’s okay. It’s a blessing! Thanks much for the good words!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! It is definitely ok (and necessary) to take a break sometimes. Hope you manage to do that, even for a short while, this week without feeling guilty!

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