Work Hard, Rest Even Harder // Coffee Series

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Good morning sweet folk! It’s a beautiful, cool morning in my part of the world and I am so thankful to take a moment with you, enjoy a cup of coffee and talk about something very dear to my heart.

Work Hard.

Last night I was laying in bed sniffling, because of my head cold, thinking how I wanted my various hobbies and responsibilities to be successful and bemoaning the fact that they were not at the level I wanted. (aka whining) I was frustrated with the lack of personal success I was seeing from my endeavors and quietly declaring defeat.

Then it hit me: work harder.

I have the habit of giving up if I see defeat in the horizon. I work hard, relax, let things go, and then cry a little cry when I don’t see the amount of fruit I expected. I impatiently run to projects which require great amounts of discipline and experience and then silently give up when it the reality of what I’ve began sinks in.

Hence the vast amount of unfinished knitting projects I’ve collected over the years. 😉

Over the year my gracious Heavenly Father has been instructing me to work hard. I’m at a place in life where I can confidently say that the responsibilities, hobbies and ventures I have are good, honorable pursuits God is using to further His kingdom. Success, though it may look different from my expectation, is in His hands — if I work hard.

Rest even harder.

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]… For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister … We have an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast … even Jesus … [/pullquote]

When you’re called to an adventure work hard at it. Don’t give up when your expectation of success isn’t met or when the reality of the task sinks in.

While working hard rest even harder in the glorious, finished work of Jesus and in His continuing work in your life. As many times as I give up on a project I also forget to rest in the Lord’s unfailing love and work in my life.

When I anxiously look at a large task (thinking about abandoning ship) I begin to believe the lie that my worth is tied in with the amount of public recognition and service I can accomplish. It’s a lie that cripples dreams, disables faith and ultimately destroys the work God wants to do through you.

Today, I’m remembering two things: work hard and rest even harder.

What does that mean for me? To work hard at loving my people, labor in serving in my home and community, endeavor to keep my home diligently, strive to love students through library hour, purpose to let laziness and fear not keep me from writing and creating, put effort into relationships … what does it look like for you?

With alotta love, blessings, grit and coffee,

Frannie

p.s: My friend Amelia wrote a beautiful, short piece about not letting other’s success equal your failure. Check it out — this definitely encouraged and inspired my heart and I’m sure it will yours too. <3

2 thoughts on “Work Hard, Rest Even Harder // Coffee Series

  1. Girl, are you a mind reader? Because this very subject got brought to my attention last night by my sweet hubby. 🙂

    I am hosting a ladies brunch at my house tomorrow, and while I was so excited over planning it out 3 weeks ago, once I got started in the actual work of putting it together this week, I have become much less enthused… And the same goes for how excited I was in being asked to redecorate our church bathroom. I loved planning it out, and painting, but if someone were to step in and actually ask to decorate it, I yell “have at it”, and break out in a hallelujah chorus. 😀

    I am so guilty of starting something and not finishing because of how frustrated I get when things are not going exactly as I planned, time after time. But praise the LORD, our work, no matter how it turns out, so long as we do it for the LORD, we can rest hard in the fact, none of it is vain. 🙂

    So, I will be spending my day baking, listening to Christmas music, and reminding myself all will go well tomorrow, as long as I keep working hard at it. 🙂

    Have a wonderful day card making and drinking coffee my dear friend!

    1. Hahaha, oh Angel, I can totally relate! I’m so thankful my post resonated with you this morning and blessed God used it in your life at the perfect time.

      Enjoy the last of your preparations. The ladies you’re serving tomorrow will be so blessed by the effort and planning your putting into your day of hospitality. (I wish I could come along too!)

      Your comment is making me chuckle. I just went through the same thing two weeks ago and it’s funny because my husband also brought it to my attention like Justin did to you. Hehehee — we’re blessed women to have such caring men in our lives!

      Enjoy your day as you work hard and rest even harder. If you have a spare moment I’d love to see some pictures of your party planning; I love things like that! 🙂

      Enjoying my coffee as I type! 😉

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