Rest on the Journey


Nothing. I’ve got nothing. I planned out a blog topic for every single day this month as part of my Falling in Love with the Journey series. I joined the Nester and 1600 other writers in the Write 31 Days, and I was excited to push myself out of my comfort zone and strive for excellence in my writing.

Just like any good person planning on being successful, I made a plan and then began my execution of this plan. Except, today I’ve got nothing. I’m not even half way through this month and my brain is frozen solid.

There is some irony in the fact that my writing is coming up empty handed, because today’s post topic is about resting on the journey. It’s important to make a plan, and then to hustle to make that plan happen, but just as important as hustling, we must listen and trust ourselves. Today, I hear myself saying it’s time for rest.


I could stress myself out trying to come up with some witty or emotional tear jerker on rest on the journey, I could push myself until I’m sick, exhausted and lost on my journey, or I can just practice what I preach, and rest.

Today, I make no apologies, I shun guilt, and I take a deep breath as I practice taking care of myself.

So, how about you? What do you hear you telling yourself? Do you need to rest? Will you join me? Tomorrow our plans will be waiting for us.

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16 thoughts on “Rest on the Journey

  1. Nifty Betty says:

    I definitely need rest! My husband and I were talking about this this morning. We haven’t had a vacation in over 3 years and it’s constantly go,go, go, and go some more! It’s overdue! The plan is to take a day trip this Sunday! Happy Resting!

  2. Tricia says:

    I was feeling unmotivated today as well. Must be something about day 9! I need to rest as well, not in the physical sense, but sometimes I wish I could just turn my mind off for a while…and “be”.

  3. Abigail says:

    Thank you for this post. A friend (who is also doing 31 days) and I were talking about how easy it is to get caught up in trying to impress, trying to get ahead, trying to connect with everyone… and it’s just not possible. So thank you for the encouragement to take rest when you need it, and the honesty to know when it’s time. Hope your day is filled with peace and grace.

    • Charity says:

      It easy to get caught up in the impress game, but the crazy thing is there’s One who’s already impressed and that’s what we must learn to rest in. Peace and grace in your day, too!

  4. Melanie says:

    Rest, that seems to be an important part of the journey, of the ebb and flow of it all. And your words invite just that.
    I’m looking forward to reading more of your story and the way God has worked in it.

  5. Sarah Lango says:

    Thank you for this! You being honest and real in your writing gives others, including myself, permission to do the same. I was feeling guilty for “being lazy” today, but the truth is sometimes we just need rest.

  6. Bonnie Burgamy says:

    Charity, thank you! These are valuable, wise words you shared today! Giving yourself permission…and each of us…to do an extremely healthy and necessary act of love: REST! We must fill up our own depleted tank with the fuel of rest needed to keep on the journey! If we don’t, our body and spirit will shut down. Thanks for the example to listen! Listen to our body & spirit! Love this!

  7. Sarah says:

    I’m trying not to use your message here as an excuse to skip a 31-day post. 🙂 But I think it’s so applicable in life at large… it’s so easy to get caught up in all the Have-To’s and forget that God designed us to need a break. So even though I blogged today, I also sat down to enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of pumpkin bread with my 3-year-old this afternoon. Rest.

    • Charity says:

      The only have-to’s are the ones that are important, and we are the only ones who can decide that for ourselves. Enjoy that slice of pumpkin bread and 3 year-old, friend!

  8. Faith Raider says:

    I hear you! I am about at the same place. I’m having to really pull myself together, remind myself WHAT it was that I was trying to communicate overall and just keep moving forward. Getting comments at the beginning of this challenge was SO NICE but now that that is dropping off I am trying to just keep moving forward and trust that what I’m writing is in someway important and what God wants me to do. Good job taking a moment to rest, breathe and re-charge.

    • Charity says:

      Keep doing what you’re doing, even when it feels like you’re preaching to the crickets. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. People need to hear what you have to say, so don’t stop saying it!

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