Labor of Love

Finding Moments of Respite

The crazy news cycle and the deep divide in our culture over political policies are emotionally exhausting. The distortion and actual lies about my state rep’s record are upsetting. I know Tom.

I need moments of respite. Morning devotions in Proverbs with my husband, prayer and time outside are refreshing.

In prayer, we can give thanks for God’s sovereignty and pray for peace.    2 Chronicles 7:14 has instruction for our prayers.

When I work in the garden I experience joy in God’s creation. Most of my plants have stopped producing—except for the herbs.

I am harvesting and drying calendula for tea and recipes. Calendula is also known as poor man’s saffron.

Calendula

I am still harvesting thyme and rosemary for soup, chicken and potato dishes.

Thyme
Lemon Thyme

The farmer’s market also refreshes me. Today is the last market of the season and I picked an assortment of beautiful apples.

Farmer's Market

 

I stopped by the French nuns’ booth one last time and bought my favorite pastry, an apricot nest.

French Pastry

How do you find joy and respite?

It’s Friday and I am participating in Five Minute Friday, a community of writers. Today we are writing on the prompt: MOMENT

Linking to Sue’s image-in-ing.  Visit Sue’s page for photos from around the world.

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Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

4 thoughts on “Finding Moments of Respite”

  1. I find respite in a good book. I also find respite in watching my children play, or a nice talk with a friend. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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