Hello, dear reader! I’m so glad you joined me here for some style inspiration today. But most of you know that I had a little surgery on my forehead this past week, and honestly I’m still not feeling 100%. The Mohs surgery went fine and was really a straightforward procedure. But the place where the surgeon made the incision is right on my temple just above my brow bone, and it’s also pretty big. So it has continued to ache a little. And I’ve developed some sinus pressure there, too, as the nurse said I might. At any rate, I’m fine. I really am. But I am following YOUR advice and continuing to take it kind of easy. So I thought today I’d just invite you to join me as I relax and recuperate at home.
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Now don’t bother hunting for my scar in these photos. Ha! I took these pictures the week before I had my Mohs surgery. But I have indeed been wearing these and similar lounge-worthy clothes quite a bit recently. In fact, the day I had my surgery I drove straight home and changed into these oh so comfortable L.L.Bean flannel sleep pants and waffle knit Henley tee. I had intentionally made sure the evening before that they were clean and ready for me!
But you certainly don’t need to be sick or recovering from a procedure to wear these comfy lounge pants and soft tee. These pieces are sold separately, but they make great sleepwear on a cold night, too. I’m wearing a medium in both for a very roomy fit.
A couple of weeks ago when it first got cold in the evenings and mornings, I couldn’t find my big L.L.Bean Wicked Plush Robe, so I opted instead for this cashmere wrap. I’ve since located my hooded robe, but I continue to enjoy wearing this cashmere wrap (similar) because it’s just right for wrapping around my shoulders without getting me too heated. Of course, I can wear this beautiful wrap out and about, too. But why save the niceties of life for rare moments when you can enjoy them more regularly instead?
I’m the kind of woman who tends to go, go, go until I’m forced to sit down and breathe a little. It’s at those moments, when my body can’t go any further or the situation requires rest that I realize just how much I needed to slow down a bit. And then I give into the need to rest whole-heartedly. That’s how I felt when I finally lay down on the sofa last Wednesday afternoon after my procedure.
But you know, ladies, we really should be more proactive about taking time for rest and rejuvenation. If our Creator has commanded that we take time for a sabbath or rest each week, we should know that our bodies, minds, souls and hearts truly need a dedicated and extensive time to recuperate and rejuvenate each week. And the fact that He even showed us by example that there is nothing wimpy or self-indulgent about carving out such a time, should release us from self-imposed feelings of guilt or prideful thoughts of somehow being above the need for rest.
From here on out I’m making sure I take a few minutes each day for rest and relaxation. I’m also becoming more intentional about that weekly sabbath. And I’m working with my husband to ensure that we take time at least once a month for real recreation and slowed down time together. How do you make sure that you get some down time?
James and I are taking time for a non-competitive game of Scrabble occasionally, lingering over our meals a little longer, continuing to enjoy our extended morning coffee times and recommitting to our monthly 2nd Fridays where we get out and explore Ohio (or a neighboring state). I need these relaxing and recreational times for my mental and emotional sanity, but also for my health. Coupled with regular exercise and a balanced diet, these intentional attempts to rest and chill seem to help me sleep better, think more clearly and handle life’s little crises with more grace and calm.
I think having some fun and oh so comfortable lounge clothes that we set aside for really settling into those relaxing moments is very helpful. They tempt me and lure me into the rest that is so good for my mind, body and soul.
Thank you, dear readers, for urging me to take time for myself, to rest and allow my body to heal from the procedure I had last week. I’m doing that. Yes, I’m continuing to get my content up each day if at all possible. I have some contracts and obligations to meet. Plus I really love meeting you here each day. But you can rest assured that I’m taking time to slow down a little and enjoy the quieter moments of life.
What about you? Do you have rest and relaxation built into your schedule somehow? I’d love to hear from you today.
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Some may bristle at the instructions found for older women in Titus 2:3-5, but I actually take great pleasure in the standards that are laid out for us there. The fact that God calls us to such qualifications tells me that He also has a purpose for us. These are not arbitrary standards set to pen us in, but high callings meant to equip us for monumental and weighty tasks.
All around us are young women who are looking for answers. They long for inspiration, clear direction, practical knowledge and wise counsel. I know, I know… Sometimes it seems like this is not true, that they could care less about what you may have to offer. But the younger generations don’t like to look unsure of themselves. They prefer to at least seem like they have it all together. But I encourage us to press in, befriend a younger woman and be there for her. When she knows that you care, she will care to hear what you know.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. ~ Titus 2:3-5