“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: … For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20: 8-11
Hello my tired friend,
Honestly, I’m with you. I’m super tired physically and emotionally. Jim and I have ten (10) upcoming doctors visit this week. Last week we only had five and I’m exhausted. So, in anticipation of a stressful, hectic week, I am resting today. I began my day with coffee, quick toast, and a long linger in God’s word. Isn’t it interesting that my devotional was on rest? Is God speaking to me? With a doubt in my mind, God is reminding me of the importance of self-care.
The word sabbath originates from the word sabat meaning to stop or to rest. God rested from his work. And His command, not suggestion, is for us to do the same. Here’s my question for you right now: “What can you stop this very moment in order to rest?”
Stop texting. Stop posting on Facebook.
Stop unnecessary noise in your home. Turn off TV.
Stop . . .. and rest. Fill in with whatever unnecessary task you are doing.
Now is the time to start: Bless yourself with a time of rest and renewal.
Sit quietly and just breathe.
Open your Bible and read a refreshing Psalm.
Play a game with your children.
Take a walk in the park and let nature refresh your soul.
You and I can do hard things. Face difficult situations. Remember that your wisdom and clarity originate in moments of stillness and refreshment. You and I need God’s guidance and direction. Pause long enough to hear him whisper.
Remember to keep holiness in your day, Linda