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July 12th 2017 – Time to relax

July 12th 2017 – Time to relax
July 12, 2017 Sandra Goodwin

In my last blog I described one of those special moments shared with my elder daughter Ruth and granddaughter Lily.

Having a little more time in the diary, I travelled back from Cheshire accompanied by my mother who will be staying with us for a few days along with my younger daughter Becky, pictured above.

It’s good to have a little quality time to relax, catch up with family news and recharge the batteries, and what better way to do it than to share tea and scones in a café in Woburn!

It’s important for all of us to take a little ‘time out’. There are always things we could be doing, work to be started or completed, papers to sort through, weeds to pull up in the garden! Taking time to relax is essential for our physical and mental well-being.

In the same way it’s important for our spiritual well-being too. It’s so easy to get bogged down in ‘doing’ that taking time out to be with God, to feel that special awareness of God’s presence, can pass us by.

‘Day by Day’, this year’s theme adopted by Loraine Mellor and Jill Baker, President and Vice President of the Methodist Conference encourages us to do precisely this, to ‘take time’ out to reflect and pray as part of our spiritual ‘five a day’ routine.

‘Be still, and know that I am God – – – – ‘ Ps 46 :10 NIV

I find it interesting that in the New American Bible translation the same verse reads, ‘Cease striving and know that I am God – – – -‘

Every blessing, Sandra