Friday Five: Renewal

(As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals.)

In my office the other day, two church members asked about the boat
on my table. I told them it was a gift from a seminary classmate, a reminder of
the work and teaching of our professor, Kirk Jones, author of Rest
in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and other Caregivers
. He
always reminded us that Jesus went to the back of the boat and took a

Not surprisingly, I could not find an image of Jesus resting.
Preaching from the boat, yes. Calming the storm, yes. Walking on water? Oh, my,
yes! But no one seems to want to picture Jesus taking his rest.

In this
week that looks unlikely to hold a complete day off, I am pondering renewal.
List four ways you like to relax or give yourself a break. Then name a fifth,
something you’ve never been able to do, a self-care dream.

First, since I posted this the memorial service scheduled for this evening has been postponed due to illness in the family, so I will be able to have a day of renewal today.

I do try to cleave to Friday as my Sabbath Day, and here are some of the things I schedule in that I find renewing:

1. a massage (this happens about once a month)

2. a hair appointment (once every six weeks; love the young lady who does my hair)

3. a long walk with my husband and the dogs (when it isn’t 12 degrees outside)

4. a  "date" with Pure Luck, whether it’s lunch or dinner out, or favorite carryout food and a movie (and when he is away for work, I get something special to eat on Friday night and watch movies he doesn’t like)

And when I’m not having 1 or 2, a long soak in the tub is a good substitute.

My self-care dream?

5. A Spa Day. Last time I had a pedicure, the gal next to me was having a Spa Day, complete with a cute little plate of fruit and some kind of mud masque on her feet. To me that’s the height of luxurious self-care. She had a facial and a massage was coming up later, I think. Whatever. A day in a bathrobe being pampered sounds really good.

How about you?

18 thoughts on “Friday Five: Renewal”

  1. I agree with Grace. When I retreated with the UMC’s, they had massage therapists lined up for us to see. We could add pedicures, manicures, facials and little fruit plates.

  2. I don’t think Kievas has ever tried a spa day or he’d probably agree.
    Little Sprout & I do a home spa day every couple of weeks. But my hair, nails and makeup end up looking a bit strange from the endeavor. Still it is actually relaxing. And she likes getting the special treatment too.

  3. I was never a spa person until I decided to get a pedicure when Pure Luck and I started dating. I wanted to feel fabulous, or something, and I found I really enjoyed being pampered. I don’t do it all the time, but I think every now and then I could stand a very girly day.

  4. Good list! I would add to the dinner and movie at home, a glass of good wine…well except it usually puts me to sleep, still, sounds nice! And I am all for the girly spa day, I’ve never had one either, but sounds great.

  5. ahhh spa day…just thinking about a mud masque on my feet makes me feel sleepy. I assume that would come before the hot wax pedicure.

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