This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single-word prompt to free-write, unscripted, and unedited for five minutes. This week’s word prompt is {{Respite}}

The word “respite” means a pause, a break from exertion. It’s the deep breath we take after a long climb, the quiet moment of reflection during a busy day. It’s the act of stepping aside, even for a short time, to allow ourselves to be renewed. The word itself evokes a sense of calm, a temporary break from the storm. And while the idea of Respite might seem indulgent, it’s a gift rooted in the very heart of our faith.

The concept of Respite isn’t just a modern luxury; it’s woven into the very tapestry of scripture. Taking time for Respite is not a sign of weakness; it’s a testament to your humanity and a recognition of your limitations. It’s about honoring God’s design for our well-being and allowing Him to renew your strength. So, dear friend, don’t be afraid to slow down, seek refuge in rest, and allow God to replenish your soul.

So, take a deep breath; let go of the burdens momentarily. Seek out your own form of Respite, a space where you can reconnect with yourself, God, and the beauty surrounding you. In the arms of Respite with God, you will find the strength and peace to carry on, knowing that God is always with you, ready to guide and renew.

May you find your own quiet corners, your moments of Respite, and be filled with the peace and strength that only God can give.

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  1. Yes! I definitely think we have to rethink our cultural norm of rest as luxury, it’s essential to our wellbeing. Thank you for this reminder!

  2. I don’t like to take a break,
    respite’s not for me.
    To pause to think is a mistake,
    for it is then I see
    the dreams that God placed in my care,
    gone to ruin, all for naught.
    Better far be unaware,
    better they’re forgot
    than live as shades to haunt my days
    which now are so constrained.
    There are still ways that God is praised,
    but not with what I have attained;
    rather, praise is what I borrow
    from what I still might do tomorrow.

  3. I try to do it regularly and because I need it, without it I fall apart, so I do it more and more consciously. I take a moment to diamond paint, sometimes listening to a piece of David Guzik’s explanation (I’ve started on the letter to Timothy in my Bible). Just like you say: God is always with us, ready to guide and renew us.

    Thank you for your good blogpost!

    1. You are so very welcome Aritha ♥️

  4. strengthwithdignity

    I like the aspect the concept of respite not being “a modern luxury; it’s woven into the very tapestry of scripture.” Great insight, Paula!

    1. Thanks so much Lisa, and isn’t it something how it is woven into the very tapestry of Scripture

  5. Great idea to practice!

  6. My husband and I have been watching the early seasons of the Chosen–a good choice for Lent. I have been reminded of the times Jesus went off alone to pray. It is good to follow his example in some way–a prayer walk, time in scripture or just time in nature appreciating God’s creation.

    1. I loved watching the Chosen.

  7. Thank you – yes, we are commanded to have respite in our Sabbath rest. Good reminder.

  8. Fantastic Spiritual knowledge benefit

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