Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two teenage sons, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Love Inspired Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.
You may find out more about her books or contact Kimberly via her website at http://kimberlyrjohnson.com/
A Workaholics Take on Resting
By Kimberly Rose Johnson
I’ve recently accepted that I am a workaholic. Gasp! I don’t want to be a workaholic, but it’s true. I’m driven and focused and if there is something that needs to be done, I can’t leave it alone until it’s finished. In A Holiday Proposal Holly is driven as well. Aside from her faith in the Lord, her career is number one. She believes that if she becomes distracted then she will fail and having a boyfriend is definitely a distraction she can’t afford.
Holly is driven because of something that happened in her past. I’m not sure why I am that way. I think it’s just who I am. My dad is the same way, so maybe it’s genetics. I don’t know, but the idea of having something hanging over me drives me nuts. I actually spent twenty-two hours in three days time working on a series proposal. Did I need to do that so quickly? Nope. In fact when I was finished I had plans to work up another proposal, but I hit proverbial wall and I couldn’t do anything work related. I was useless. My eyes hurt, and my brain was mush.
I learned a lesson today while folding laundry and asking the Lord what I should write next. He told me to rest. I’ve been pushing hard with writing lately and it’s time to rest. Yes, I’m writing this devotional, but when I’m finished I’m taking a break. God uses my flaws (which I think being a workaholic is) and in this case He taught me that rest is very important. Specifically to rest in Him.
Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
“Come onto Me, all ye that labor, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
I love that our Lord knows we get tired and burdened and He invites us to rest in Him. Resting in Him may look different for you than it does for me, but He knows our needs and He will meet us where we are.
Holly Miller Is Steering Clear of Mistletoe
Just out of nursing school, Holly can’t risk any distractions. She knows a slip up could cost a life. Like the mistake she made years ago that still plagues her conscience. When she runs into old high school friend Matthew Cook, she hesitates to let romance into her life. Even if the handsome baker is as delectable as his fabulous pastries.
She didn’t notice him back in high school, but things have sure changed. Now that Matthew has Holly’s attention, maybe the holiday season is the perfect time for him to show her that she deserves to have it all—work, family, friends and a love that lasts a lifetime.
Thanks, Kimberly. I’m the same way. I just can’t NOT do something, and I’m usually multi-tasking. Watching TV and reading e-mails, or writing and listening to music. If you’re a former workaholic or a workaholic who’s learned a way to “rest”, give us your secrets. Please?