REST

One of the reasons we are in  Paoay  is because I have been complaining to Bryan how tired and drained I have been lately.  I have been noticing how I easily get impatient, sad, and irritated with the simplest and littlest things.  This "attitude" has been slowly affecting my relationship with Bryan and Risen, my work and even in my personal life.  Thankfully, while randomly checking out Cebu Pacific rates, I saw a promo fare that is perfect for Bry's semestral break.

I knew in my heart what I needed is a long, real and quality vacation.  I was fully aware my body, spirit and soul  are longing for rest.  And when I say rest it means to...

Replenish 
When I was a teacher, I looked forward the 3 month summer vacation where I can spend my free time outside Luzon.  The Visayas (Iloilo, Roxas, Bacolod) became a favorite destination where I I always looked forward to devouring native food, listening to foreign language, being with random groups of people, staying under the sun and immersing in a diverse and different culture.  This kind of rest made me ready to face another school year.  I remember going back to school with the darkest tan and a full heart ready to work again . 

This is also what I hope to do in Ilocos.  I look forward to people watching, catching up with my Ilokano, being with different people and filling myself up with Daddy's cooking.  I also hope to stare at the stars (the sky in Paoay seems to be really high and there are lots of stars here!!!), run in the park, stay longer in bed, and just really do things without thinking much.

Eat and Enjoy
Vacation means eating and enjoying what the day brings.  Though I still teach online (2-3 hours per day), I  do a lot of rest, family time and me time on the side.  Aside from this, I also take this chance to catch up on my reading, eat, visit Bry's childhood friends (who are really close to me now as well), eat, visit  places nearby Paoay, eat, have long talks with my husband and his folks, eat, have longer devotions and prayer time, eat, sleep, eat.  To sum it up, I am excited to my version of Eat, Pray, Love life in this quiet neighborhood.

Stop 
I need to stop my routines.  I need to stop thinking of what to do, cook, clean, budget, or make next.  I need to stop being at home most of the time.  I need to stop being in the same neighborhood.  I need to stop.  I just really need to stop.  And here in Paoay, I can gladly stop.  Praise God!

have Time
I just want to have time without thinking about time with Bryan, Risen and myself.  Recently we have been living in a house with an alram clock.  We have  been buzzerbeaters.  We are constantly hurrying.  Here in Paoay, I am thrilled to just let time pass.  To be lazy.  To lounge around.  To stare blankly.

I also want to have longer talks with God.  Hear from Him and rest in Him.  All in all, as many of you knows, He alone can give us rest.



Psalm 73:26 
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalm 62:1-2 
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

                                                                  1 Peter 5:7                                                                   “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
                                                                   Psalm 62:5                                                                       “Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.”