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Rest is All About Rhythm

Last month, I shared with our 4word readers how keeping it simple in our walk with God can help us grow closer to Him. Closely related to simplicity is rest, not just something we need when we get tired and worn out but an actual Biblical…

Resting Isn’t Failing

Sheri Sullivan, entrepreneur and board member-elect of the Rotary Club of Dallas, shares why she thinks women struggle so much with valuing and adding rest to their lives, and how she makes time to rest amidst her busy schedule. ------ 4word: What does the word…

Do You Really Need Rest?

24%. That's the increase in stress-related sick days women have had to take since 2009. Burnout and stress-related illnesses are on the rise, with many companies recognizing this epidemic enough to add "burnout prevention programs" to their employee benefits. A study conducted in 2017 found that "an estimated…

Life-Giving Rest

Over the past month, we've leaned into the idea of rest: encouragement to stop pushing ourselves, pulling busyness off of the pedestal on which we've placed it, identifying with Jesus' restful philosophy, and incorporating new rest practices into our lives each day. Like the concepts of…

10 Tips for Finding Rest

Rest. Something that sounds great but is often elusive. As we discuss rest this month and how to embrace it, we wanted to give you our 10 Tips for Finding Rest. We’ll be sharing new tips with you throughout August, so check back each week! Check…

My Life’s a Mess, and That’s OK

All my perfectionists out there, raise your meticulously cared for and sanitized hands. "Mess" and I have never gotten along. I legitimately got in trouble in Pre-K because I didn't want to finger paint. Way too messy. I mean, who really wants their hands covered in paint…

How to Recover From “Butijust” Syndrome

Knock, knock. “Mom?” Hand goes up. “I’m working.” “But I just wanted to see if it’s OK for the neighbors to come over and swim.” Knock, knock. “Mom?” Hand goes up. “I’m working.” “But I just need you to transfer some money into my account for…” Knock, knock. “Mom?" Hand…

Run to Him for Rest

“Rest” and “peace” are noticeably absent in almost everyone’s lives, and yet, they are vital to being at the top of our game. Susan Thomas, author of The Best Life and Girlfriend Revolution, and co-founder of Keystone Church, shares her advice for finding and maintaining time to rest.…

Take a Break, A REAL Break

We are working too hard, and it's bad for us and for the companies we serve. Every year, Americans accrue billions of dollars worth of vacation days that they are not taking. Most of us are skipping lunch breaks too, in favor of eating lunch at our desks…

Staying Sane during the Holidays

This time of year it’s easy for us women to get overwhelmed, feeling like we have to get all the right gifts and decorations, bake cookies for our kids’ school parties, fulfill family and in-laws’ expectations, etc. I’ve blogged before about setting healthy boundaries for yourself, but I…