Work and Rest as a rhythm for life – by Joanne Nicholls

Today’s guest in the “Celebrate A Sister” series is Joanne, a clinical therapist, researcher, and mom joining us from the U.S.

In this 🎙 podcast post, she shares on “rest & work” and highlights the significance of each individually, and together harmoniously. This is something a lot of us wrestle with – not so much the working part…it’s the resting that’s often challenging in a world that hollers “hustle,” “push” “get it! get it!” Joanne invites us to acknowledge and embrace that we are also designed for refreshment through pockets of rest. Feel free to put your feet up, sip a healthy hot drink and tune in to this slice of sonic sunshine that sheds light on our rhythm of and purpose in life.

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8:44 mins.

“We all know that when we work, and when we work hard…we becomes weary…whether it’s naturally weary or situations make us weary…circumstances make us weary…engagement with the world – engagement with ourselves…makes us weary

There’s this cycle of working and weariness – working and weariness that we all engage, and we often fight and wrestle in our spirits when we’re weary – for some reason we feel like we need to be ashamed about it; we need to hide it…we need to hurry up and get strong again so we can do more work.

And for me, the Holy Spirit is gently teaching me how to take those restful breaks…in Him.

When you’re so driven…

we live in a world where everyone says “what’s your goal,” and “what’s your purpose?” No one says “have you rested today?” – no one says, “have you relied on grace today…?”

But the truth of the matter is, we should be living in that cycle of work – naturally expecting to be weary…and then entering into a rest.

You have more on the journey. 

He has prepared work for us to do before the foundations of the earth.

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To the precious people who are on this treadmill, and not allowing God to take them off…for moments of rest

expect to have a divine appointment…expect to be excited about the great things that you’re called to do…expect to be weary and exhausted when you complete them, and then expect to lay down on green pastures after they’re done, and then after you can do that you can be cognizant and present to what the next task is.

Appreciating that cycle in life is part of life.

The Bible talks about coming to the throne of grace to receive help in time of need. If we are not aware of when we have that need, then it’s hard to come and lie down and rest. {Hebrews 4:11, 4:16, Matthew 11:28-30}

That word I hope blesses many women out there who are working hard – burning the candle on both ends,’ and also I hope that it blesses amazing men and kings out there who are also striving for greatness.” – Joanne Nicholls (Clinical Therapist, Researcher, Mom)

Check out @hfselevate on Instagram to find out about epic events and youth outreach initiatives Joanne is involved in.

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This post is part of the Celebrate A Sister series that highlights women who shine with grace. Click to read more stories filled with gems of encouragement.

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Hi there, I'm Indra, writing you from Barbados. Here you’ll find career tips for creative freelancers and refreshment reminders for everyday life. Get ready to nurture your gifts and shape a thriving business that aligns with your wellness. I'm a writer, singer, publishing entrepreneur and eco-bookstore owner who's travelled to 20 destinations so far, and now works from home. Balancing housework with business tasks and on a quest to grow more grateful each day. As a teen I almost gave up on life; now as a woman saved by grace, I'm living joyfully with purpose, encouraging others to enjoy moments of refreshment daily while growing your business. Check out posts and videos for biz tips, breathing exercises and beautiful views of Barbados. Thanks for joining the journey, and remember to follow 'Joy within' blog for firsthand updates on new posts, podcast episodes, events and giveaways coming up.

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