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I have a hard time resting.
Somewhere along the way, I’ve gotten uncomfortable being still. Spending quiet time doing nothing is almost painful, more like work than relaxation.
After having babies, going to the kids’ school activities, and being an on-call farm wife, facts are facts! No matter what, there’s always work to do, whether it’s dishes, laundry, or meals to prepare.
Can you relate to being so making a life that you feel guilty taking time to rest and relax?
That’s not how it’s supposed to be! Rest is important! We are called to rest in God.
In other words without resting in God, we are missing out on peace.
Deuteronomy 33:12 tells us to trust in God and that we can take rest in him, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him for He shields us all day long. And the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”
So how do we get back to resting in God so that we can rest and relax to live a better life?
- Before we can rest in God, we must realize we can’t do it on our own!
We are God’s children and he wants us to have an open relationship.
One thing that has helped me is to ask for help through a very simple prayer such as, “God, I am weak, please help me rest so I can hear you,. Help me be still so that I can be a stronger woman, mother, and wife. I can’t do this without you”
- Journal Bible verses about rest! (Find out how I made my prayer journal out of a composition notebook here!)
Some great verses to get you started are Exodus 33:14, Psalm 62:5, Genesis 2:2-3, Psalm 62:1-2, Matthew 11:28, Psalm 116:7, Mark 6:31 and Proverbs 19:23.
- By intentionally not letting our daily to-do’s and struggles get in the way of our relationship with God.
One of the greatest gifts we can receive in our life is resting in God, which leads us to peace. No to-do list is worth missing out on that precious gift!
Do you have a hard time resting in God so you can rest and relax to live a better life?
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A great book that I recently finished reading was called 24/6 – a delightfully written book about a sabbath day rest. I manage to get in about 15 minutes a day in the early morning of quite and rest before going about my day, but one day a week I rest with no guilt. That’s not to say that I don’t do anything all day, as much as I do only what I want to do rather than what I feel needs to be done. I find I have so much more energy and patience through the entire week when I do this.