Refreshment · Rest · worship

Your Need For Rest

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I am really good at staying busy.  Are you?  It’s to the point that if my family sees me just sitting on the couch they ask if I’m feeling sick.  I’m not proud of that; it’s just true.  But I’m learning to rest.  God knew I needed it and He provided Sunday for our day to lay aside the normal activities and focus on worship and rest.

While Sunday is probably one of our busiest days because of being in the ministry, I have learned a few things that really help the day to be more worshipful and restful.

  1. Go to bed early on Saturday night.  I try not to schedule anything for late in the day Saturday so I can get a good night’s rest.
  2. I take a “Media Fast” on Sunday.  I don’t check Facebook, Instagram, or even my email accounts on Sunday.  It’s a wonderful break from all the “stuff” of social media,” and it helps my worship to be more focused.
  3. Take a nap on Sunday afternoon.  Even if it’s only fifteen minutes, I need this rest!
  4. I do no housework on Sunday, except cooking and cleaning up the kitchen.  Laundry can wait – and so can all the dust and crummy floors.
  5. I don’t like to even do any shopping on Sunday.  It’s a distraction to me.
  6. I attend the morning and evening worship services at church.  This is God’s Day, and I desire to give Him the whole day.  What blessings I would miss if I stayed home from any of the services !!
  7. Enjoy fellowship with others.  Even if we just go grab a sandwich after the service, or have friends over, the  fellowship with others is an added blessing.

I’m writing this at the beginning of the week so you can consider your Day of Rest that’s coming this weekend.  How will you plan to use it wisely to make it all God wants it to be?  I realize that work schedules make it difficult, but your day should prepare your heart for worship, and then have you ready for the busy week ahead.  Perhaps one reason we’re running ragged is because we’re not utilizing this day as God intended.

Six days may work be done;

but on the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD:

Rest.  Worship. We all need it.  Why not make plans for them both this Lord’s Day?

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