Break Time – Janet Eriksson

Bible Verse

“’Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’” — Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)


I was doing some bookkeeping while pet sitting. Normally I work at the counter using a computer while the pup sits in the chair behind me. But I wanted to try something different. I like being more present with the pup, so I thought I’d sort receipts while sitting with him on the couch. I don’t need the computer for that part.

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It worked well for a while. I had all the receipts organized in stacks beside me, and the pup curled up at the other end of the couch. But soon enough, he was ready to come sit next to me — on top of the piles of carefully sorted receipts. Not wanting to take away from my time with the pup, I moved the piles to the coffee table and let him nap right next to me. It was worth having to reach to the table for each receipt because I enjoyed sitting with him. His cuddly presence was more important.

He woke from his nap and rummaged around for his chew ball. Then he gave me that, “Time to play” look. He was telling me to take a break. And I did. We played for a while, and then I went back to work. A bit later, he scratched at my hand. It was time to play again.

Photo by Janet Eriksson, Adventures with God

This is what it’s like to live in the unforced rhythms of grace. To balance work, play, family time, rest time by surrendering to God’s leading. All the while being aware that God is with us in each of our tasks.

As it happens, animals and kids are good at teaching us these unforced rhythms. I got the bookkeeping done. But it was a peaceful and enjoyable experience. I was constantly refreshed, and I got to include the pup in my work and be present with him throughout.

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Thank You, God, for teaching me how to live in the unforced rhythms of grace. Help me and remind me every day to live in the refreshing rhythms You offer me. Even as I do things and engage in activities, help me just to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

The fall season can be such a busy time of year. Remember to practice the unforced rhythms of grace.

Copyright © 2020 by Janet Eriksson


Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.

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