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Liv Holloway is an all-around authentic soul, writing honestly about life and faith. A host at heart, her work centers around hospitality and meaning-making. She mothers two little ones with her husband in Minneapolis. You can hear more from her at livholloway.substack.com.

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  1. AMEN! Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 KJV

  2. I love this. You’re not alone in your struggle to relax. I’ve noticed that God uses more words (over 100) to tell us to Rest on the Sabbath than He does for any other commandment (even those big ones like, Thou shalt not murder). He truly does want us to rest which is comforting.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Liv…….A very interesting story. I am much older than you, but I did have an extreme problem back in 1970 when I was trying to give birth to my one and only child.I won’t go into it, bit my point here is, I have always had problems resting , relaxing and dealing with terrible problems. I prayed and prayed and finally one day, I said to myself, I am doing nothing today but relaxing. The things I need to do will be there tomorrow. I can’t tell you how much better I felt the next day. It is important to take 1 day a week, if possible and refuel your tank. Your story reminded me I have to stick to that plan. Than you, Liv and have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend………..Betsy Basile

  4. Thank you Liv. Congrats on those beautiful children you had at home. You’re a super hero!!!
    I love to garden. Pulling weeds is an like addiction I can’t stop! It’s not like there going anywhere…hahahha
    Luckily, God speaks to me through nature and sometimes the best message of “stop” comes in the form of a butterfly, a ladybug or a hummingbird. Maybe a cool looking lizard or bug I’ve never seen before! Whoever the messenger “stop and rest” does come.

    Have a blessed day sisters \0/

  5. I could have written this story. I was married at 18 and divorced at 28! Left with 3 sons to raise alone. I powered through higher education so I could find a job to support my little family. Powered through for years. Working 2 jobs, feeding and caring for 3 healthy boys. Here I am retired and I kept powering through until God put me to bed. I contracted covid twice and it did a number on my immune system. It has taken me 3 years to heal and be able to function. I had no choice but to let others help me. These days I take a nap when I’m tired and leave chores unfinished while I rest and pray. The world has kept going even though I’m not powering through now.

  6. “You can rest. You can relax. I’m right here,” – I love that! I needed to hear that right now. Thanks!

  7. Liv,
    My adult son came into our living room one day saying I’m having an anxiety attack. Liv, the first thing out of my mouth was, ” You can rest, you can relax, I’m here….I’m not going anywhere.”
    I’d never said that before. I believe it was the Holy Spirit counseling me to meet my son at the point of his need.
    Wise words my friend. I hope to hear more from you! I love your writing.
    Thank you.

  8. Liv,

    People today are busier than ever before. We believe the lie that everything must be done now. Most of us will not ask for help. We feel we must be the ones to get it all done. We power through on little sleep until exhaustion & sickness hit us. God said Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. Even Jesus rested on the Sabbath from all His work of creation. Yet we stubborn humans don’t put white space or margins on our calendar. God has to get our attention to make us stop & rest in Him.

    Back when I was growing up it was easy to keep the Sabbath. Hardly any stores or restaurants were open on Sunday. There wasn’t much to do but rest & prepare for the busy week. Now its go go go 24/7 365. Praying we can all learn to put spiritual whitespace on our calendars. Spend time with God & rest from all activities.

    Blessings 🙂

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