We did it! We made it to the end of the Write 31 Days Challenge!
Congratulations on making it to the finish line! Committing to write for 31 consecutive days is no small task — it’s a huge sacrifice and definitely a labor of love. I hope you’ve found this month to be both rewarding and sanctifying — and if you didn’t complete all 31 entries, there is always grace!
Whether you wrote for 1 day or 31 days, I think you need a little treat for yourself, don’t you?
I’m so excited to share that the Write 31 Days shirts are back and better than ever!
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Our final prompt for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is: REST
I’m terrible at sitting still. I’m generally a champ at sleeping (when I actually try), but if I’m awake, I need to be doing something. Resting is not my spiritual gift.
But I realize I’m not doing myself or anyone else any favors if I keep pushing full steam ahead with no breaks.
It’s not good for me, it’s not serving my family, and if I burn out and can’t post for FMF anymore, then you might not be pleased, either.
I need to prioritize rest. I need to practice it like a discipline.
A friend recently challenged me to be still for five minutes. Just five. If I can write for five minutes straight, surely I can be still for five minutes, too?
Last night, I lay in bed at 10 o’clock, wide awake. I knew I should be sleeping, but apparently I ate a few too many dark chocolate-covered espresso beans during the work day. Oops.
So I lay there listening to my husband snore, thinking about how much work I could be getting done. I was cold and wanted to stay under the heavy blankets instead of trudging back downstairs and charging up my computer … but there was so much I could do instead of just lay there!
I could be productive.
Instead, I forced myself to lay still.
I thought about the One who worked for six days before resting Himself — the One who gives rest not only for my physical body, but also for my soul.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” ~ Matthew 11:28-29
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