Day #58: Give Your Family Rest

Day #58: Give Your Family Rest 1

It is hard to believe we are nearly two months on the road. In that time, we have already driven through 8 States.

Everywhere we go, we are volunteering with organizations and searching for people to give to. Volunteering has been awesome!

As expected, we have learned so much and met many amazing people who are caring for others. We weren't prepared, though, for just how much work covering so many miles, scheduling giving projects, and writing about our experiences every day really takes.

This weekend, my family and I were tired. We needed some rest!

I could write a whole series of posts about slowing down and resting. About being still. About Sabbath. Our culture is one that demands "busy."

One of the things we pledged to do this year is to spend intimate, quality time with our family so I have decided that each Sunday here on GiveEveryDay we are going to rest as a family.

We may still "give" in some way, but I am not going to write about it. What I will do instead, is post a picture from our previous week along with the title - Give Your Family Rest.

10 comments on “Day #58: Give Your Family Rest”

  1. A very wise father will always think of his family. You are very wise indeed. I love the Sabbath day because we spend it as a family going to church and rest from our worldly cares at home.

  2. So glad you are taking some time to rest. I know it is essential to my health and mental well-being and the strength of my relationships with my family that I take time to rest and that we as a family take time to rest together. It's hard to simply stop sometimes, but oh so necessary - my deadlines, the laundry, the projects all conspire together to make me feel overwhelmed and frantic if I don't insist on down-time, on resting.

    It may seem a bit cliche' but Sunday is my rest day too. We have church (twice) and dinner and whatever else to do but I don't turn on the computer, I don't do housework - I simply clean up the dinner dishes and try to spend the afternoon relaxing.

  3. Are you heading up I-95? If y'all are planning to be in Savannah, please let me know if I can help you find opportunities to serve and to enjoy our city!

  4. That picture is breathtakingly gorgeous.

    Good for you for observing Sabbath. Our family has also decided to observe the Sabbath by keeping the computer off, only using the cell phones for connecting with family, and doing an activity together as a family. It has been so rewarding.

  5. This is perfect! I often think about how exhausted you guys must be! Rest is so needed. You are one wise papa!

  6. I think showing a picture from the week is a perfect Sunday post. Giving the family rest is probably the best thing you can do to get through very busy and awesome time you are going through.

    1. Yes. It is so easy to think you will rest "tomorrow" - except it doesn't just happen. It has been very good for us to not plan anything on Sundays.

Our family spent 2011 traveling the USA in an RV, striving to intentionally "give every day" for the glory of God. We interviewed CEOs of nonprofits and served alongside over 40 organizations and churches.

Our Pledge

We hereby pledge:

- To spend intimate, quantity time with our family.
- To actively help the poor, the sick, the lonely, and the helpless.
- To value, protect, and advocate for children.
- To de-emphasize the importance of “stuff” in our lives.
- To bring publicity to good causes and good people.
- To live with intentionality, as if this year was our very last.
- To observe the needs in our country/community – and then do something about them.
- To give – every day.

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