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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. In 2019 I became a widow and in 2020 I became a high risk senior needing to isolate. Sleep has been elusive even though my faith is the only thing that makes sense these days. So thank you for writing about this vital need for all of the type A personalities that put sleep on the end of the priority list. After a good nights sleep, Joy comes in the Morning.

  2. Thank u for this, spot on…
    I also thank God for this, I feel comforted by this article, rest for the weary…..I’m letting it happen…
    My mom loved geraniums…I receive all of it! Prescious words

  3. Dawn,

    Why is it we feel the need to constantly strive & keep going? Must we say yes to each “good” activity? My pastor’s wife is like this. Always had something to do. Each night was filled with some place/meeting or activity. Never staying home for any length of time. She would complain about it. We kept telling her it was alright to say no. Lysa Terkeurst says in her book The Best Yes “Saying yes to every activity won’t make you wonder woman. It will make you a worn out woman.” You won’t have anything left to give others. Think about this even Jesus took time to rest in His Earthly ministry. If He needed it then how much more do we?

    I often need rest. Rest from the noises of my job & life. I make time each week for Bible study, exercise & just watching TV. Make sure there is time for quiet in all of that. Walking outside is best as I can see God’s beauty all around me. Since I love to cook-I often do some of that while listening to Christian music & praising God.

    Blessings 🙂

  4. This is lovely, Dawn! Reading has become a bigger part of my life recently, too. And more focused Bible study. Enjoy your plantings!

  5. Hi Dawn. Getting outside and viewing nature, working in my flower gardens, and taking walks and noticing the plants along the way are all areas I love to relax and recharge. It was gardening, over two decades ago, that got me through the toughest trial. I didn’t think I was a gardener. Hadn’t even planted or taken care of plants before then. But I started by rescuing 10 roses and planting them in pots on my deck. The next spring, my husband had dug me a huge flower bed and I ordered and planted 50 roses. And then I started sprinkling seeds between them. All those hours digging and dead heading and watering calmed my soul. helped me process my pain. And helped pull me from a dark hole. In the garden I felt close to God and could also talk to him. I hope gardening brings you joy and rest.

    • Theresa, thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad gardening is something we can learn if we put our minds to it. When you mentioned sprinkling seeds, it made me think of the book Miss Rumphius, which I just read to my grandchildren. 🙂

  6. Dawn, such a lovely post and reminder that rest is not a bad four letter word. I always spend first thing in morning for prayer, but during pandemic,I have been doing daily writing in a prayer journal.I will write what I’m anxious about,give it to God. And try really hard not to take the anxious thoughts back throughout the day. I can also look back to see how God helped me through it when I rested or decreased and he acted. Whether it was to comfort me, show me who I could comfort,or help me see another way. Writing has allowed me to spend more time resting my soul and knowing the Lord is with me in this time. Praying you stay well and safe ❤

  7. What a beautiful reminder that rest takes many forms and a variety is needed to lead a balance life. I like the idea of rest for body, soul, and spirit. Thanks for your inspiration.

  8. I know it’s not the point of this post, but what’s the name of the plant/gardening app? It sounds like one I could use!