Video Series

Healthy You: Refresh, Not Escape

Nicole Smithee video


This second installment of a new video series “Healthy You”, explores the need for space to rest and refuel.  A true sign of maturity is intentionally investing in yourself through meaningful rest.  And it’s not just a good health tip; it’s an actual command from God.

We need time away from our work to remember that we are more than our work.  Our value is not in what we produce or the paycheck we take home or the position we currently hold.  We aren’t what we do.  Before we are workers, we are children of God.    Rest keeps us from finding our identity and security in the wrong places, and it’s also physically and emotionally good for us.

This video explores the full impact rest has in our lives and how to make the most of rest and live energized and flourish lives.  I pray that as you make space for rest your energy increases, your relationships flourish, your faith deepens, your joy increases, your physical health improves and your work becomes even better.   

How do you rest and refresh?  Leave a comment below and let’s swap tips!


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    Kirsten Ziegler
    February 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    The best!! I love your truth! Taking a day of rest is the 4th commandment before even “murder”. It is one of the longest written commandments and probably one of the most overlooked, especially in ministry! We call it a “snow day” here in Canada. What would you do, if you had a “snow day” from work or school? An intentional day that God gave us to revel in Him!

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    Victoria Sowell
    February 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Love this one. I’ve always valued the hustle over rest, feeling guilty or lazy when I take a break or time out. I’ve really learned that refreshing starts in the presence of God, and he gives us wisdom for how to take a Sabbath in a way that is unique to us. When I start there, I feel my emotional IQ go up, and an awareness (or discernment!) of what I actually need surface! I’m like you, my day off starts early & with lots of coffee & Bible reading, while my husband sleeps in to his heart’s content! After that, I enjoying cleaning and organizing my home and going for a long walk. Creating a haven out of my home and enjoying fresh air does my soul some good every time! Thanks for sharing this encouragement, Nicole. Great way to start my weekend! xx

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      February 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      You are right, Victoria! My emotional IQ goes up as well! Sabbath is simply so important. Thank you for sharing!

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    February 12, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I love watching movies on my day off! I agree that tv binge watching can be an escape but sometimes just watching a movie with friends, family, or alone can put me in a better mood. I’m an introvert so staying inside in pajamas with pizza is how I can feel ready for the craziness of the week!

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      February 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      That’s great, Cassie! I love that you know yourself so well and what works for you!

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