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RevGals Friday Five: Renewal – Shawna R. B. Atteberry
Jan 262007

In my office the other day, two church members asked about the boat on my table. I told them it was a gift from a seminary classmate, a reminder of the work and teaching of our professor, Kirk Jones, author of Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and other Caregivers. He always reminded us that Jesus went to the back of the boat and took a nap.

Not surprisingly, I could not find an image of Jesus resting. Preaching from the boat, yes. Calming the storm, yes. Walking on water? Oh, my, yes! But no one seems to want to picture Jesus taking his rest.

In this week that looks unlikely to hold a complete day off, I am pondering renewal. List four ways you like to relax or give yourself a break. Then name a fifth, something you’ve never been able to do, a self-care dream.

1. Take a long, hot bath with bath salts.

2. Read a novel.

3. A retreat at a Benedictine monastary. Benedictine nuns are so cool!

4. Cook or crochet.

5. Go to a spa and be pampered the entire day.

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  6 Responses to “RevGals Friday Five: Renewal”

  1. Benedictine nuns are cool aren’t they!
    well played

  2. Benedictine monasteries are definitely appealing right now. So far, my only connection has been the liqueur, which is very good.

  3. More spa dreams! Many of us are on the same wavelength about this!!

  4. I noticed all of us wanting spa days! Kievas get thyself to a Benedectine monastary. And I’m going to go check out that liqueur. 😉

  5. I love me some Benedictines.

  6. Wow, our lists are really similar – except that whole cooking and crocheting thing. Read, retreat, bath, spa – all good.

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