Friday Fill Up: Resting Up
My peace will go with you and I'll give you rest.
What does it mean to rest? To some it may mean to relax or to stop engaging in stressful activity. Rest may mean freedom (and peace of mind) from taxing mental thoughts. Have you ever been so tired that you couldn't think straight? Remember that time you didn't think you could make it another minute? You needed rest.
In the Bible, God gave rest as a command and a blessing. When creating the earth in Genesis 1, He took a break and called His rest Holy. He wants us to get the rest that we need. That's because He has called us to do great works. We need clarity of mind and strength in our bodies to accomplish our assignment.
There are four things that come to mind when I think of rest.
R-Receive peace and balance for yourself. Take the time to listen to
relaxing music or no music at all.
E-Expect peace when you rest. Peace can come when there is a
replenishing, refreshing, or recovery.
S-Stand still so that you can stay present. Be alert and breath through the
moment. Don't concern yourself with tomorrow's worries.
T-Thrive and grow through rest. If we are no good, nothing we do is any
good. We thrive when we grow, develop, and gain.
When was the last time you truly rested? How did you feel?
Set boundaries around your rest time. Don't be afraid to say no. Schedule time to rest, even if it's just five minutes. Take a bath, listen to music, sit in a quiet room, or in some cases, go sit in your car alone for a few moments.
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me permission to rest. Thank you that in You I can find and have peace and refreshing that will enable me to carry out Your will. Thank you for this day, as it is an opportunity to gain what I need in You,
In Jesus Name,