This post is a follow-up to It’s Okay to Take a Grace Day — or Week. Here’s why it’s so important. . .
Strawberries, cinnamon rolls, and coffee spread around an open Bible. A little voice telling stories about golden broccoli adventures. Sweet hands wildly knocking bananas and Puffs to the floor.
Swinging with the wind in my hair. Discovering flowers growing under pine trees. A little boy digging in the sand.
Sleep. For the littlest. And then the I-am-too-big-to-nap big boy. And me.
That was my Tuesday. Day one of Grace Week.
After the mess I made out of Monday, I was resolved not to repeat it the rest of the week. And so I took a grace
day week. Only a couple of days in and my family and I are already reaping the kick-butt rewards of rest.
Why are they “kick-butt” benefits? Because I’m hoping they give you a little kick in the pants to let yourself off the hook and take a day of rest (or at least a day of low expectations).
4 Kick-Butt Benefits of a Grace Day
Joy and Gratitude
This world needs more joy and gratitude — Christians included.
We are rushing through our Bible studies, rushing time with our kids (Is it bedtime, yet?), rushing helping others, and rarely are we joyful in it all. We become bitter and frustrated and exhausted. We’re missing opportunities for gratitude when we are constantly focused on our own circumstances and doing and being more.
But when we take a break from all the hurrying and striving, little moments of joy and thankfulness can’t help but fill our vision. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit after all.
When I stopped saying “later” and played with my little guy, I couldn’t stop laughing. He told me the silliest stories about finding golden broccolis. We were broccoli adventurers, and it was the most fun I had had in a LONG time. A grace day lends room for seeking joy.
As one who struggles with anxiety, I covet moments of peace. In the whirlwind of moving and living with my parents and moving, again, I didn’t realize how much I desperately needed peace — not the world’s peace but God’s.
What once seemed overwhelming and insurmountable becomes another means for God to reveal more of His power and authority.
It’s nearly impossible to gain perspective when you are in the midst of your circumstance. We see the world and our situation by how and what we are currently feeling, currently worried about, currently striving towards. But when we take a grace day — filled with the inevitable peace and joy — our view of our circumstances changes.
If we pause long enough to look outside of our messes, we find two things — room for God to grow us and room for us to love others well. And that changes our perspective on what’s important.
Once you pause and gain perspective, you get the privilege of restarting with a renewed, clearer purpose. You don’t have to go back to the way things were. Take what you learned in your grace day and apply them to your regular days.
Remember: you didn’t get here by flipping a switch. It may take awhile to see real fruit from restarting. But you are planting the seeds.
When are you taking your grace day?
If you are stressed-out, overwhelmed, and continuously feel like you can’t keep up, its time, sweet friend, to let it go. Rest in His Word. Reread the Gospels. Pray. Repent. Meditate. Get out into nature. Call a friend. Do whatever it is that you need to do to get off this ridiculous cycle of stress.
I don’t want this to be another blog post that you read and think, “that sounds nice for her, but I could never do that.” Why not? Do you need more joy, gratitude, peace, perspective, and a restart?
Once we give ourselves permission to lay down our expectations and self-imposed pressure grace continues to trickle in.
This is not “one and done.” It’s realigning our hearts with God so when stress does come our way we are much better equipped to handle it.
So, friend, when are you taking your grace day?
Keep loving well.