Friday, March 14, 2008

Rest before Beauty

"I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me." Psalm 3:5

I don't know what hit me on Wednesday, but it was fierce!!!!!! I woke up not feeling my best, in fact I did not want to get out of bed at all! I didn't have cold symptoms and didn't have a fever, although I was sweaty and freezing. I worked out (thanks to my husband kicking me out of bed and making me go...accountability ya know) and went to the office, but I just felt like collapsing. I was severely depressed ... or so I thought. Actually it turned out that I was just really sick and my mind was feeding me those negative tapes. "You aren't a good mother" "You haven't been cooking good family dinners" "You aren't being a good friend" "You need to quit speaking" "You could be a much better wife" "You should've just stayed in bed today"!!!! Well, that last statement was true, but the others were just boldface lies! Amazing how when your body is sick, your mind doesn't function well either.

2 of my office mates and dear friends, Teri and Samantha have also been sick this week. We were all back in the office today and we compared notes. We all had the same thing happen. Especially the thinking that we were depressed! Strange whatever virus it was.

Wednesday night I went to bed at 8:00 pm and did not get up until 1:00pm the next day! I'm happy to report that today, Friday, all is well. Amazingly, the dizziness and horrible sick feelings are gone and I'm back to normal. When your body tells you to rest....REST!!!!!!!

I'm thankful that I listened to my body. It wasn't a pretty sight. I was in my most comfortable yet ugliest night gown I own, my hair looked like it was home to a few rats and their friends, and my eyes were all poofy. Did I mention that my breath also stunk? Well, it did!

Today, I am back feeling beautiful inside and out. I had a delightful shower which turned me from Smelissa back to Melissa.
Action Plan:
Quite simple. If you are tired, get some rest. That is all. Listen to your body!

Since I missed posting yesterday, if you post today (in the next 24 hrs) you'll be entered twice in the drawing. If you stopped by to share a comment yesterday, I'm sorry I wasn't able to get a new post up.

And if this is your 1st visit to this blog, it's not too late to enter. Just respond with a comment between now and March 21st and you'll be entered to win. The more you post, the more you'll be entered. I'll announce the winner on March 21st:) Easy, huh. The prize is the book titled: I'm Beautiful, Why Can't I See It by Kimberly Davidson.
I hope you are feeling extra loved and beautiful today...because you are!
With Thanks for Rest and Beauty,


Joyful said...

So glad you're feeling better! I've been praying for you.

You are a gift my friend,

Michelle Bingham said...

Some days we just have to STOP, DROP & SLEEP!!!!
I am glad you are feeling better.


dapple said...

So sorry to hear about the sickness. But glad that your better. Dealing with chronic pain I have alot of days that I would like to stay in bed. But listening to the lies in my head makes things worse. I am reading a wonderful book called "Mosaic Moments" by Lisa Copen. It is a daily devotional and I just took such comfort in this verse. (Jeremiah 12:5b) "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?"
Sometimes my pain just gets the best of me and I really can't do the things of "a mother, taxi, diner and lover", I have to stop and think about how soft the sheets are. It is easy to get caught in the trap of complaing about the fact I am in bed. Hope this helps someone.
Cyber hugs,

Amy L Brooke said...

Rest is so important! I'm still having trouble sleeping.... I think I will collapse from exhaustion. But I just keep putting one foot in front of the other!

Glad you are doing better. I got your book today. :-) Hopefully, I'll get it in the mail tomorrow or Monday.

Digging for Pearls said...

The book looks interesting.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't just me! I had the same icky feeling with what felt like indigestion that wouldn't go away but I couldn't accept that it was the flu and went to work anyways. The one time every year or two that I get sick really reminds me how thankful I am to be healthy.

I'm glad you're feeling better.


Digging for Pearls said...

I'm so sorry you were sick, but praise God that you recovered quickly, especially because that meant we were able to meet on Friday! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

April said...

Hey! This is my first visit to your blog, and I am enjoying browsing around! I just had to comment on your illness you experienced last week. My mother had the same thing, and then I had similar symptoms yesterday. My hubby even stayed home from work so I could get some rest. Very weird symptoms, I even for a second thought that I could be pregnant....the dizziness and nausea were so intense at times. It is definitely a weird sort of virus going around. Glad you're better! April

Deb said...

I am glad you are feeling better. A tip I have for sleeping better. When I exercise (not to close to bedtime), I always seem to sleep better. Have a great day!