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West: the direction toward the point of the horizon where the sun sets at the equinoxes, on the left-hand side of a person facing north, or the part of the horizon lying in this direction.

Sunsets are absolutely beautiful. The cover photo is one I snapped a photo of on my way home not too long ago. I’m not usually one to ogle at sights like this (since we see them every day), but this one was too pretty not to stare at.

When thinking of what to write, I kept hearing “west”, which seems weird. But when I saw this definition, it struck me as beautiful.

So often, I work and work until I reach burnout mode. And then I keep working past that point. I never rest; I “don’t have time”. Sound familiar?

If you’re like me, you’ve had your back facing west, and haven’t been heeding the signs that the sun is setting, day is ending, and it’s time to rest.

We have to stop ignoring our body’s pleas to stop. It’s time to stop trying to do everything, and instead do what God has placed before us. It’s time to turn around and face west.

See the sunset. Revel in its beauty. And rest. You deserve it!

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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