Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Right Spirit

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

I'm at home today, taking a Mental Health Day from work. Sometimes it gets to be a stressful atmosphere at the office where I work, especially when we all work in such close proximity. When one person is cranky or stressed out, everyone feels it. Lately, its been getting to me, yesterday especially and it kept me awake half the night fretting about it. So, I decided to take myself a 'sick day' and stay home. Not that I'm feeling unwell, just needed a mental break from the politics and tension. I suppose its a little unethical to take a sick day when I'm not really sick, but I think its for the best. Sometimes, when tensions build up around me, I'm afraid I may say or do something I will regret. So, this is a much better solution. Take a day and center myself again.

So, here I am. I've done dishes, laundry, baked muffins and now I'm listening to some worship music to put myself in a good frame of mind. And its working. Its just what I needed. Got a hot chocolate on one side of me and an open Bible on the other. I'm purifying the last few weeks of office uglies from my mind & heart and refreshing my spirit.

And its a beautiful sunny day, somewhat windy & chilly but clear blue skies, another way to renew my soul. I will probably take myself out for a scenic drive today, maybe somewhere I can get out & walk a bit with my camera. Definitely where the fresh air can cool my lungs and the views can lift me up.

Also, I have my kitten inside today with me (see above photo) His crazy kitten antics are another thing that lift me up. Sideways leaps, tail chasing, shadow attacking and much more to make me laugh. And then, when he's tired out, he'll climb on my lap, purring like a Hemi, and snuggle up to sleep.

Everybody needs a day like this every now & then!

"This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it" Psalm 118:24

"To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul." Psalm 25:1


  1. I know how you feel about a stressful work environment. I work in one also. I am a nurse and work with a bunch of women and tensions can rise. I put in my two weeks notice last Thursday. It was just the right thing to do. I had prayed about for a while and felt God is leading me somewhere else. Not sure where though.
    I could not climb to the top of the cathedral because of my back injury. I wish I could of. My husbands brother lived in Germany at the time with his company now they have moved to Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia with his work. We are planning to visit them sometime at the end of the year or next year.
    I really fell in love with Germany. I took over 700 pictures there. We have also been to Italy with them 3 years ago. I also love Italy. We want to go back to Rome again to see some things we did not get to see.
    I love to travel. I want so bad to go see the Holy Land. Hopefully one day I can.
    This summer I hope we can do more camping. We did not do any camping last year because of my back injury. But my injury is what caused me to find God again in the most wonderful way.

  2. Anonymous3:23 PM

    becky, my friend john calls these "sanity" days, and they are very much a needed "sick" day occasionally. sometimes your soul just gets sick of the stuff you described. do not feel guilty. and it is so NOT wrong of you. hope you are in better spirits after your much needed sanity day. love to you, gmaj

  3. Becky

    I am hoping you are feeling much better now.

  4. Anonymous7:50 PM

    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.Pr.17:22 a healing day is a very good thing, especially with an open Bible,you are a smart girl. A playful kitten next to you doesn't hurt either:)Mom

  5. Its wise to take care of your health in every aspect and then return to give 100% at work. Have a good day. God bless.

  6. Thanks for all the well wishes friends. It was a wonderful day off! Good for my soul & my mind in every way!

  7. oh, wow.. that's the very verse that came to me two days ago, when i was feeling weary.... and a friend and i used to take those days too, back at university (good old days, sigh); and we'd go away and buy fudge and chocolate cake, and watch a movie.. we used to call them "mental health days"..