Relax … What’s Your Hurry?


I don’t think I have ever been relaxed naturally. The most relaxed I have been is because of a muscle relaxer that was prescribed when I threw my back out two or three springs ago; just a precious few pills are left; I use them only if my body is screaming with pain.

My body can take a pill and relax; during the course of the pill in my system, my brain relaxes and I sleep. But even in sleep I am not relaxed; the brain fires away constantly with alpha-beta-certifiable neuro-waves. So, what’s a girl to do?

I have TMJ; the temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull; it’s job is to move the jaw up and down and side to side. The symptoms, for me I think, are caused by extreme tension in my neck, shoulders, jaw, teeth, and tongue. In other words, I am keyed up, wired-tight, anxious, worried, taut, clenched, high-strung, keyed-up, strangulated.  

I have the good fortune to have been able to use this constant fight or flight energy to achieve success in many different areas. Lucky for me most are in creative fields which are more accepting of dramatic, yet effective personalities; I am at home in those fields.

The problem is over time, my body has functioned under such tension, that it is getting stuck. I am not able to stretch, release, let go. Yes, Dear Lord, You have such a way of making a point. Not only my body, but my heart, mind, and soul are stuck. I see where You are going here. How can I Let Go and Let, You, God, have control over my life, when I have already given my body-controlled by my mind-permission to disrupt my natural functions! I am in a rut so deep, I have traveled so long, I have no energy to climb up and out.

I am tired. I am weary. I am wearing out my body. I need release. Dear Lord, I do not know how to live a relaxed life. I don’t know how to take one week, one day, one moment at a time. I don’t think I am living unless I have several projects going on at once; yes, I get them done; yes, they usually are quite creative and well admired; but why can’t I just be? What would I be like just being me? What would it feel like to be free of tension? What could I experience in a day without each second filled with self-direction? I can’t imagine-but it is a style of living I’d like to try! Can You help me? What do I do? Hmmm … that’s it … I don’t have to DO anything! I am willing … but the flesh is weak.

Dear Lord, thank You for being there for me, for listening, for trying to get through all the STUFF going on in my head. I love You, I love life, I’d love to really enjoy my time here. Help me be gentle with myself, teach me how to relax, take my hand, I want to follow; I am tired of trying to lead. Amen

Don’t worry—I am with you.
Don’t be afraid—I am your God.
I will make you strong and help you.
I will support you with my right hand that brings victory.  Isaiah 41:10 Easy-to-Read Version 


Thus says the Lord: ”Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”  Jeremiah 6:16


Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.  Psalm 37:7


Other’s thoughts about rest and relaxation.


Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.  Chinese Proverb


Relaxation means releasing all concern and tension and letting the natural order of life flow through one’s being.  Donald Curtis


Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.  Norman Vincent Peale


Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.  Ovid


I have never heard this hymn, but the words are almost like a lullaby.


I Hear My Savior Saying
James M. Kirk, ca.1894


I hear my Savior saying,
“Come closer, My child, to Me”;
I hear Him sweetly saying,
“I will draw near to thee.”


O Lord, I’m so glad Thou dost love me so,
To deign to walk with me here below;
Thy sweet, tender love has won my heart,
And now we shall never, never, never part.


I hear my Savior saying,
“Come, lean upon My breast”;
I hear Him sweetly saying,
“And I will give thee rest.”


I hear my Savior saying,
“Cease from thy struggle and care”;
I hear Him sweetly saying,
“Leave all with Me in prayer.”


I hear my Savior saying,
“I’ll never leave thee now,
If thou wilt bear My image
Upon thy heart and brow.”








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