Rest!

Rest.  It’s such a blessing, it renews our spirit and body.  It is vital to our ability to fulfill our call in life, to serve God with all our heart and soul.  It’s why God created the Sabbath, which I look forward eagerly each Friday to it’s beginning at sundown, to give us time to recoup from our week of work and to draw near to Him.  It is a precious time.  We spend from sunset Friday evening until sunset Saturday focusing on God and his majesty.  Whether it is taking our bibles and heading into the woods to study his creation as we draw nearer to him at the same time or just spending the Sabbath in the house focusing on in depth study of favorite books or passages.  This is of course accompanied with much prayer.  Now for the most part that is everyday for us, we spend a huge amount of our time studying on the things of the Lord, but the other 6 days of the week we work physically as well.  My husband works at a church full time and I work here at home being a wife, mom, and teacher.  So just being able to focus only on God is wonderful.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.  Genesis 2:2-3

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And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day.  Exodus 16:28-30

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.  Exodus 20:8-11

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That’s not the only rest we have though.  We have rest in Jesus as well.  Our lord gives us rest; sweet, beautiful, restoring rest; when we put our faith and trust in him.  And his rest is not temporary, it is deep and eternal, ever abiding, never ceasing rest.  A rest not of the body (for that was God’s plan for the Sabbath) but of the heart, mind and soul!  It is a rest that enables us to face the seeming impossible; to go farther, push harder, love stronger, give our all!  For the Lord knows just when to push us, carry us, and thankfully he knows when we our bodies need rest for more than just the Sabbath day.  He knows when we are at the point of being so worn out, worn down, bone weary, exhausted we are almost at the point of collapse – and that when he gives us the sweet, treasured break we need but are too busy to take.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

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Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  Matthew 11:29

And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.  Mark 6:31

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For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.  Hebrews 4:3

I had a couple days of this much needed rest this week. Tuesday my son and I ran to town and when we returned home as we walked in lightening struck our internet modem and our back up computer, so spent two days reading the Word, studying and journaling and still got to bed a before 1 am.  An extra couple hours of sleep did me wonders.  I will be posting on some of what I was reading later this weekend, but for tonight I want to remind you all to enjoy the Sabbath tomorrow (or Sunday if you feel led to celebrate it on the first day of the week instead).  Good night and may God bless and keep you!

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