Rest, Restore, And Rejuvenate

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Devotional

Practicing Sabbath Rest

Devotion

There are so many things to do in a day. Things we, especially as women, feel we must get done. Our impossible to-do lists are long, and when we don't get it all done, we heap on a pile of guilt and shame for good measure.

Sisters, Christ calls us to a relationship with Him for Rest, Restoration, and Rejuvenation.

He pleads for us to take comfort in Him. Not as another 'to do', or as a box to check-off on our never-ending to-do list. Prayer time ~ check; quiet time ~ check; read my Bible ~ check; went to church ~ check. God is not moved by our checkmarks. 

Although having boundaries around our prayer time is important, turning it into a daily 'have to', 'need to', 'should', instead of a 'want to', robs us of the peace and rest our heavenly Father invites us to experience in prayer. He gave us time to rest so that we can REST IN HIM.

Mark 2:27 says, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Whether you observe the Sabbath on a Sunday, or simply take time in your day for God, it is a time and a practice of stillness in the Lord. A time where our hearts get to connect with the one who knows us best and loves us most. That love is not something we need to EARN by checking off a box on our daily list. It is something we live in freely. 

Let your time with the Lord today be marked by the simplicity and ease of acknowledging His presence and resting in the thought that He is with you.

Choose calm and peace as your posture with Him over the feeling that you 'need to' pray—that mindset creates more stress on the body.

Seek out this time with an eager heart ready for God to reset your mind while resting in His presence, feeling restored by His Word, and rejuvenated by His love. ~ Jennifer Miller  

Questions for Reflection 

1.  How does shame/guilt hold you back from letting your body rest? 

2.  Do you feel obligated to perform even when you know your body is spent?

Relaxation Exercise

1 Minute Relaxation

For one minute, place your hand on your heart and count your heartbeats. Be aware of your heart beating in your chest as you give God thanks for your life.

Prayer 

Lord, I desire to rest in you. Please ease my mind when guilt seeps in. My days are busy, but in you, I feel a release. When daily pressures feel heavy, remind me to lighten my load by releasing the weight to you. You teach me in Your Word that I am not created to carry my burdens alone. In you, I find comfort. Lord Jesus, restore my soul from all that I drag behind me. With open hands, I feel your restoration as you fill me with your never-ending love and wholeness. Lord, rejuvenate me with your Word. Bless me with new strength and a lightened spirit as I go forward in this day with an awareness of who I am in you—a created daughter of love and light. Amen.

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How are you practicing Sabbath rest today?

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