Are You Missing out on the Benefits of Being Idle? – Grace & Truth Link-Up

January 4, 2019

Are you missing something with your busyness? Our featured post this week shed a great deal of light on the benefits of being idle.

Are you missing something with your busyness? Did you know all your productivity may be robbing you of some BIG things which could enhance your everyday life? Our featured post this week shed a great deal of light on the benefits of being idle.

Dr. Michelle Bengtson’s post caught my eye – “Being LAZY is Actually GOOD for you.” First, I thought to myself, – “What LAZY can’t be right?” It goes against all I do. However, I was exhausted from the holiday mayhem, and the thought of being lazy sounded intriguing. Plus, I am a big proponent of “Being Still” even if I do struggle to accomplish it.

Do you take time to be idle?

I hope you will click over and uncover the difference between laziness and idleness as well as how being idle can help in being more creative. Michelle’s post sure left me wanting to incorporate a little more time in my life to intentionally unfocus and reap the benefits of being idle.

Dr. Michelle Bengtson has a beautiful website where she can be found renewing minds, restoring hope, and empowering families.

Now for Our Featured Post 

“Being LAZY is Actually GOOD for you.”

By Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Click here to read our featured post.


Michelle, thank you for linking up with Grace & Truth. Grab a button and link back – I am sure your readers would love to celebrate with you!

Now for this week’s link up! Let’s bless and encourage one another,

Grace & Truth : A Weekly Christian Link Up Grace & Truth exists to point people to Jesus! We hope this link-up will be a source of encouragement every week. If you’re a blogger, we hope you’ll use this space as a way to meet new friends within the Christian blogging community. If you’re a reader, we hope that you’ll encounter new bloggers that love Jesus as much as you do! Most of all, we hope you’ll meet Jesus here.


Join us each Friday for the Grace and Truth Link-Up!  

To receive a weekly reminder of when the link-up goes live subscribe toEmbracing the Unexpected by clicking here.



Maree Dee – Embracing the Unexpected

Aimee Imbeau – A Work of Grace

Heather Hart – Real Women. Real Life. Real Faith.

Amelia Gilliland – A Healthy Living Blog


1.) Follow your hosts via their blog and social media channels. Following is not mandatory, but appreciated!

To receive a weekly reminder of when the link-up goes live subscribe to Embracing the Unexpected by clicking here.

2.) Leave 1-2 of your most recent CHRISTIAN LIVING posts. Please do not link DIY, Crafts, Recipes, etc.  We will delete these links. We also reserve the right to remove articles that don’t align with the theme or that are deemed by the hostesses to be inappropriate.

3.) Visit 1-2 other links and leave a meaningful comment! We want to encourage community, so please don’t link and run!

4.)  We sort all links randomly – feel free to link as early or as late as you’d like. The playing field is even!

Featured Post Requirements

5.) Grab a button or link back to encourage new linkers. It is not mandatory, but it is required to be featured.

6.) Each host will choose one link to emphasize and promote via their social media channels next week.

7.) By linking up, you agree to allow the hosts to use your featured post image and receive e-mails relating to Grace and Truth.  

Grab a Badge and Link Back to this Post.

Now Let’s Link Up!

Happy New Year!


We encourage you to download our packet and begin setting the most important goal of your year. If you are a subscriber here at “Embracing the Unexpected,” you would have received it in your weekly email. If you are not part of our tribe, click here to receive your goal packet. Be sure to grab a pencil so when next year rolls around you can look back and see your progress.

We would love to have you join our community.

Embracing the Unexpected | Maree Dee

Subscribe today and never miss a post.



To find a few of my favorite places where I might be sharing this post, click here.



  1. Reply

    Crystal Twaddell

    It is not in my make-up to be lazy, and I really have had to remind myself of how important doing nothing is. The good news is that I’ve become a much more relaxed and flexible person. So appreciate this reminder and distinction.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Crystal – Isn’t it nice when we can relax a bit. I still struggle with idle, but I am working on it and loving it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Maree

  2. Reply

    Lauren Sparks

    Thanks for featuring a very important topic.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Lauren –
      You are so welcome! I have been practicing idleness, and it has been wonderful. I hope you are too. Maree

  3. Reply

    Tea With Jennifer

    “Being” still is so important for our spiritual, emotional, physical & mental health…

    To answer your question Maree…what is my aim for this year? I have answered this in my new post above … Birthday Celebrations! 😀

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Jennifer – I can’t wait to hop on over and see what your post says. Thank you for linking up. Maree

  4. Reply


    Thank you for sharing Michelle’s post! Perfect for the beginning of the new year.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee


      Yes, Michelle’s post was great for the beginning of the new year. It made me stop and see the sky was blue today. Hope you have a great weekend. Maree

  5. Reply

    5 Links, Books, and Things I Love - January 2019

    […] with Deb, Susan, Crystal, Lyli, Maree, Jen, Rachel, Randomosity, Encouraging […]

  6. Reply

    Barbara H.

    Thanks for sharing this, Maree! I’ve learned that I just don’t function well without some downtime in my day and week.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Barbara – Yes, I think we all can benefit from downtime. I am trying to schedule in the idle time.Do you plan it into your day/week or does it naturally happen? Maree

  7. Reply

    A Time to Look Back, a Time Not to Look Back | Stray Thoughts

    […] (Sharing with Inspire Me Monday, Literary Musing Monday, Let’s Have Coffee, Porch Stories,Woman to Woman Word-filled Wednesdays, Faith on Fire, Grace and Truth) […]

  8. Reply

    Heather Hart

    I absolutely, loved Michelle’s post when I read it last week. Being idle is something I struggle with as well. I am constantly busy, and try to keep my mind busy. Sometimes multitasking (but never well). I know I need to slow down and just be still before the Lord, but it’s so hard. I have to be intentional about it or it just doesn’t happen.

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Heather – I am right there with you. I too loved Michelle’s post. It resonated with me down to my core, and it made a difference. I have been intentionally making room for a little idle time. It is so hard, yet so rewarding. Blessings, Maree

  9. Reply

    Michele Morin

    OH . . .I’m not good at this, but I see the need. Thanks for pointing it out with grace!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Michele – Thank you for stopping by. I spent a little bit of idle time yesterday, and it was amazing. Hoping you find some time this weekend. Maree

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: