My Strength is My Story with Saundra Dalton-Smith, Sacred Rest.
Saundra Dalton-Smith shares how to recover your life, renew your energy, and restore your sanity in her brand new book, Sacred Rest.
Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD: She is a wife of 17 years and a mom to their two boys (one tween, one teen). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and went on to graduate with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Saundra is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection. She has been featured in Focus on the Family, Women’s Day, Redbook, and First for Women magazine. You can follow her as she’s an expert on Dr. Oz’s ShareCare.com.
“I have just really had to learn that I have to take each day as it comes to really fall in love with the moment.” ~ Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including adoption, dark seasons, infertility, sorrow, wrestling with God, and a love story. Open your heart and be touched by the love of your heavenly Father.
- Fall in love with the moment
- Raised by Great Grandmother
- God and the South
- Mother-Daughter relationship
- Christianity as a teen
- View of God
- Relationship with the Trinity
- Grit and Determination
- Life plan
- Burn out
- The invitation
- Sleep vs. Rest
- Rest deprivation
- Stressed Out Lifestyle
- Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)
- What are you missing when you aren’t resting?
- Miss Karen
- Abundance (John 10:10)
- People pleasers (Social Rest)
- 7 types of REST
- Life application
- Guilt and Shame
- Gift of Acceptance
- DO more to BE more
- Isaiah 30:12-15
- Remember the Sabbath day, keep it holy (Sacred Rest)
- Children and rest
- The Unknown Mama
- Limiting God
- Recover your life
- Rhythm of Rest
- 30-Day Rest Challenge
“I needed to return to His (God’s) way of doing things.” ~ Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“If I can just plan out my life and get it perfect, have God kind of line up what I want to do, then everything will be great.”
“My mother died in childbirth.”
“And so I ended up being raised my great grandmother who was 77 year old at the time I was born.”
“Because in my teenage head, I separated God and Jesus out.”
“But Father God, I really couldn’t understand and really didn’t like, if I’m gonna be 100% honest. I didn’t feel like He had been fair with how He had dealt with me and my life.”
“But I had to get to a point where I could trust Him to be able to rest, to be able to move forward in my life.”
“The first thing that happens is you feel the pain, and then after that you figure out how not to hurt.”
“As a teenager, I started looking at how am I going to control my life so it ends the way I want it to end; with the 2-story house and the pool in the back and the great husband, and you know the well-adjusted kids. How am I gonna get to that point?”
“We really have no control over life and death.”
“When we talk about internal medicine, we’re really talking about the biochemistry of it.”
“And I was standing there in that moment and I was anything but happy; I was depleted. I just felt like there was nothing left in me.”
“It was as if God stepped into the room in that moment.”
“It was burning out the part of me that felt like I had to control it all.”
“And I find that most people who have a problem with a rest deficit, they tried to go to sleep and they do. But they wake up and they’re still tired.”
“Sleep is purely a physical function.”
“Rest is complicated to the level of making it beneficial.”
“When you get in that cycle of not resting, it becomes harder to rest.”
“It was almost as if God was kind of saying ‘Look at her. You’re looking at yourself, how you were when you first started this journey.'”
“When we start tasting the good in our life, we are more willing to be producers of that good. And we do it with joy because we know we can experience it.”
“The more work I could produce, the more of a producer I could be, was the more valuable I was.”
“Producing by itself does not give a sense of satisfaction and does not allow us to examine and experience the goodness. All it does is it keeps us busy. And you have to produce to taste, but you can produce and never taste; and that’s when it becomes dangerous.”
“I had to live it first.”
“But what if what He (God) has for you looks even better, because it’s for you? It fits YOUR life and what He wants to do for your personally.”
Ways of physical rest?
- Massage therapy
What would you tell the “Karen” out there listening?
- Recognize that there is a problem.
- What needs to change?
- Take the REST Quiz.
“It’s not normal to wake up in the morning to be just as exhausted as when you went to bed.”
“When you fix the one that is giving you the most destress, the rest of them come easier.”
What are the types of REST?
- Physical (Passive and Active)
What has your story gifted you?
- The ability to open my heart in places I wouldn’t have expected to open them.
“My mindset was that I should keep it all private, keep it into myself, not share the pain with anybody, not let people see the brokenness, not let them experience the trueness of what I’ve gone through in my life.”
“Brokenness is part of the journey.”
“Pain is just a testimony.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
“One step at a time leads to miles of greatness!”
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Music by Mandisa – Overcomer
Cover Art by Jenny Hamson