Monday Manna: The Vegged-Out Version of Me

Laurie Cole POSTED BY Laurie Cole

My life has been a blur (a glorious blur, but a blur nonetheless) for the past week and a half. I’ve been taking care of my grandkids and, honey, I’ve been cooking, playing, bathing, reading books, putting kids to bed, styling 4-year-old girl hair (tough stuff for Boy Mamas like me), fixing snacks, cleaning up after snacks, talking to kids, listening to kids, and answering more kids questions per day than I have in I can’t remember when. And I am so happy and so grateful that I got to do every single bit of it. It was awesome.

But after the grandkids went home, I said to my tired self, “Laurie, old girl, you did a good job. You deserve a couple of days off to rest and enjoy a little freedom.” So, I parked myself in Bill’s recliner and tanked up on some HGTV, Food Network and several back-to-back episodes of Say Yes To The Dress.

The next day, after logging in a few hours of light housework and laundry, I decided to continue my well-deserved pursuit of freedom.  So, once again, I planted myself in Bill’s comfy chair and watched the entire eight-hour Lonesome Dove mini-series. The entire EIGHT HOURS.

But even after two full days of freedom, strangely enough, I still didn’t feel completely rested or renewed. “Laurie,” I said to myself, “you are SO old and SO out of shape.”

The next morning, I returned to my old routine. Had a quick breakfast, fixed my coffee, and went back to my bedroom to spend some time with God in His Word. After about ten minutes or so, I noticed something: I felt rested and renewed. When I closed my Bible, I spent a few more minutes in prayer. And when I got up, I felt . . . free. And energized. And strong.

You know what? Freedom – real freedom – isn’t just doing or not doing what you want (like spending two entire days vegging out in front of the TV). Freedom is what we get when we get into God’s Word. It’s the freedom David     described in Psalm 119:

 “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.”  Psalm 119:45 NLT

How about you? Was your weekend of freedom and R&R  less than successful? Are you heading into another crazy busy week saying something to yourself like, “Girl, you are SO old and SO out of shape”?

It’s Monday, precious sister. Before your week spirals into a blur, and before another weekend of “freedom” comes and goes, get back into your old routine. Get into God’s Word today. And discover like I did that you will never be too old or out of shape to enjoy true freedom and real R&R God’s way!

Walking in freedom, feeling kinda young, and praying for you . . .

Your sister,

How was your weekend, and (more importantly) how was your quiet time today? So love hearing from you!

Laurie Cole is the President of Priority Ministries and the author of six Bible studies for women: There is a Season, The Temple, Beauty by The Book, Beauty by The Book for Teens, Warrior Princess, and Are You a Disciple? A frequent speaker at women's events, find out how to invite Laurie to speak at your event.

6 comments on “Monday Manna: The Vegged-Out Version of Me

    sheltonleslie@suddenlink.net' Leslie says:

    Needed this today… Thank you for sharing your heart 🙂

    It is amazing how refreshed you can feel after some time spent in the Word!

    debbie@owenstransport.com' grannie10 says:

    Yessum…..I can almost ditto that. Except our grandkids days started back in June & are just now getting over too. We took this summer, ( in between buying one ranch & selling another within ONE month–“”answered prayers””, packed up one ranch plus stuff from rent house, shop attic & things from my own house to MOOOOve it all & yes there were cattle included ;). We were trying every week to have a houseful of grandkids & joyfully we did. We swam till we were pruney, played & swang outside till it was dark, rode the horse, rode the jeep, rode the golf cart, (some of our grandkids are actually old enough to drive now :0), stayed up late while eating popcorn & watching alllll the Jesus movies we could squeeze in & allll that was in between eating, bathing & getting ready for bed. (;~) BEST summer I’ve had in years BUT you are right. What with everything else we’ve been doing I had 1 day that I thought I would just “”VEG””. So I actually “”slept in”” till almost 9am!!!!! WHoa!!!! An unheard of thing for me & to tell you the truth, what I got was a headache from sleeping toooo long ;(
    But anyway. I did take the rest of the day & just sort of mosey around & THEN I looked under my dining room table…….:~0 So up went the chairs, out came the vacume, swifter & all the other things to help me do battle. By 9pm that night, I had it allll done. shuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeee! Do I MISS the grandkids being here? Absolutely!!! I’ve laughed so hard I cried at all their different antics. BUT….am I now back to my regular quiet time with God? Yessum, I am, & you’re right again. For there isn’t anything that fills you with the refreshment you seek except His sweet presence filling up & over flowing in your soul. But, joyfully too, what I also learned this summer is that, “”Thank You Lord””, our grandkids, (down to the 4 year old), have a deep insight & great love for God & His Son Jesus. CONGRADULATIONS on your new baby girl, granddaughter. God is GREAT!

    love the refreshement that comes only from His Word!! I spent time in Matthew this morning and it was a sweet refreshment that has had me pondering the likes of a guy named Peter, all day! 🙂

    kathycrosby1@hotmail.com' Kathy says:

    We just returned from a mission trip to Shiprock New Mexico with the Navajo Indians. As always, I received a greater blessing than I feel I gave. Thank the Lord for christian brothers and sisters all over the country. They inspired me to be a better me through the power of our Savior.

    csimmons@truevine.net' Christy says:

    What a way to get recharged!! God’s word & Lonesome Dove! made me smile big time sis!

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