I’m currently writing this blog post from my bed, with a heating pad on the bulging disc at the bottom of my spine. I’ve had bronchitis for over a month now and I coughed my way into some serious back pain. I’m on painkillers, a muscle relaxer and a steroid, so hopefully my post won’t come out too terribly jumbled.
This enforced bed rest makes me crazy, but I think it may be God’s way of slowing me down. I am not someone who lets physical ailments get in the way of what I have to do or I wouldn’t get anything done, especially since I have a couple of chronic illnesses. But this spine problem slam-dunked me. I can’t ignore it, since standing and sitting currently requires a second person to leverage me up. I hate it when that happens, but I know the good Lord has it all in His hands.
One of the attributes an author, as well as all those who work-at-home, is the ability to self-motivate. That book is not going to write itself. My problem isn’t so much being able to push myself, but knowing when to stop and smell the roses. Writing is kind of a twenty-four hour a day job. I am always thinking about my novel and even dreaming about it.
But I don’t want to be that wife, mom or granny who can’t set aside my laptop to love on my Boo and Busy Bee, or to share a recipe with my three adult daughters, or to stop and listen to my dear hubby talk about his day.
There are times, of course, that I have to put up the “Do Not Disturb” sign and push through, tight deadlines that keep me up half the night and have my family calling for pizza if they want to eat. Probably more often than it ought to happen. Sometimes I’ve ignored what my body is telling me and I end up sick for a long time—like that bronchitis I mentioned.
One way I’ve found to slow down is keeping the Sabbath. On Sundays, I don’t have to worry about anything except worshipping God, spending time with my family and getting some rest. It’s the only day I give myself permission to relax. It is, after all, God’s idea. I also start and end every day with prayer.
I would love to hear how you get away from the madness of ordinary life. How do you relax and turn your mind back on the Lord?
The Cowboy's Twins is Deb's May release from Harlequin Love Inspired.