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The Biblical Basis for Rest and How It Can Enhance Your Life

Dear Reader: 

The Bible contains references to rest, and it’s not hard to see why. When we rest, we give our bodies and minds a break from the stresses of life. This allows us to rejuvenate and come back stronger than before. This blog post will discuss the biblical basis for rest and how it can enhance your life!

The biblical concept of the importance of rest

The Bible is clear on the importance of rest. In Genesis, God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. And in Exodus, we see that he commanded his people to observe a day of rest each week. The New Testament also speaks to the importance of rest, with Jesus often withdrawing to solitary places to pray and recharge. The apostle Paul even writes that “we should labor, working with our own hands” so that we can “give ourselves faithfully to prayer and ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). In other words, work is essential. Still, it should be balanced with periods of rest and refreshment. This principle is just as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. In a world that is always on the go, it is essential to take time to rest and recharge. For Christians, this may mean taking a Sabbath each week to focus on God and spend time with family and friends. It may also mean taking regular vacations and sabbaticals throughout our lives. Whatever form it takes, resting is essential for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

How Jesus modeled rest

In today’s hectic world, it can be easy to forget the importance of rest. We are always on the go, juggling work and family commitments and trying to squeeze in a bit of leisure time when we can. However, Jesus himself modeled the importance of rest-keeping when he took time out to pray and reflect during his busy ministry. By making time for rest, Jesus showed us that even when we are at our busiest, it is still essential to take a step back and recharge our batteries. When we follow his example, we can find the strength to face whatever challenges life throws our way. So next time you feel overwhelmed, take a page from Jesus’s book and take some time out for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Practical tips for implementing biblical rest in your own life

To many people, the idea of rest seems like a luxury. It can be challenging to slow down and take a break in a world that demands more of our time and energy. However, the Bible clarifies that rest is not optional but essential for our health and well-being. Here are some practical tips for incorporating biblical rest into your life:

1. Set aside specific days for rest. Just as the Sabbath is set apart as a day of rest, you can set aside specific days each week for rest. Make sure to unplug from work and other obligations to relax genuinely.

2. Take regular vacations. If possible, plan a vacation at least once yearly where you can completely disconnect from work and other responsibilities. Use this time to recharge your batteries and enjoy some much-needed leisure time.

3. Make time for hobbies and personal interests. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to forget what we enjoy outside work or family obligations. Schedule some time each week to pursue your hobbies and interests, whether reading, playing sports, or going for walks in nature.

4. Slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to rush through life without taking the time to enjoy the little things. Make a conscious effort to slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures, such as a cup of coffee in the morning or sunset at night.

The Bible is clear on the importance of rest, and Jesus modeled the importance of taking time out for rest. In a world that is always on the go, it is essential to take time to rest and recharge. For Christians, this may mean taking a Sabbath each week to focus on God and spend time with family and friends. It may also mean taking regular vacations and sabbaticals throughout our lives. Whatever form it takes, resting is essential for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

For me, sometimes rest is just taking 15 minutes with my office door closed and blowing bubbles with one of those summer bubble wand things… away from my paperwork of course. I find worship music restful and I sometimes spend some time just singing out loud on my porch. Find some ways to rest this week. 

Why Morning and Evening Routines are Important: How They Affect Your Day

Dear Reader: 

There’s a lot of debate about morning and evening routines. Some people swear by them, while others think they’re a waste of time. What does the research say? Are our morning and evening routines necessary? The answer is yes – for both your mental and physical health! This blog post will discuss the benefits of morning and evening routines and how they can affect your day-to-day life.

What is a morning routine, and why is it essential for your day

A morning routine is a set of activities you regularly do, typically after waking up and starting your day. Many people find that having a morning routine helps them to feel more productive and motivated throughout the day. There are many different ways to create a morning routine. The most important thing is to find what works for you and to be consistent with it. It’s also important to consider the best time to wake up based on your daily schedule. You may also find it helpful to write down your goals for the day or week ahead of time. A morning routine can help you make the most of your mornings and set yourself up for a successful day.

How to create a successful morning routine that works for you

A successful morning routine is all about finding what works for you. For some people, that means waking up early and taking time for themselves before starting the day. For others, it’s about taking things slow and taking the time to enjoy breakfast. But there are a few key things that all successful morning routines have in common.

  • They all start with drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up. This helps to rehydrate your body and jump-start your metabolism.
  • They all include eating breakfast. This gives you energy for the day ahead and helps you to focus on your tasks.
  • Successful morning routines always end with taking some time to relax in the evening. This allows you to wind down and prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Evening routines – what they are and why they’re important

Most of us are creatures of habit, whether we realize it or not. We tend to like having set routines that we can follow day in and day out. This feeling of predictability and stability can be exceptionally comforting at the end of a long day when we want to relax and wind down. That’s why having a regular evening routine is essential for adults and kids. It offers a sense of calm after a busy day and can help improve sleep quality, promote healthy habits, and reduce stress levels. Plus, it can be a great way to bond with your family as everyone winds down for the night.

How to create an evening routine that will help you relax and unwind after a long day

After a long day, it can be hard to unwind and relax. However, creating a calming evening routine can make a world of difference. First, keep your routine relatively simple and consistent from one night to the next. This will help your body and mind know what to expect and make it easier to stick to the routine. Secondly, schedule enough time for winding down and relaxing before bedtime. This means disconnecting from electronics, reading a book, taking a bath, or whatever else helps you to feel calm and sleepy. Finally, avoid doing anything that will make it harder to fall asleep, such as working on a project or eating a large meal.

You can do a few things to increase your chances of success. This will help you stay positive and keep going even when things get tough. If you Slip up, don’t be too hard on yourself – everyone makes mistakes. Pick yourself up and start again tomorrow.

My dream morning routine is to do some sort of exercise every morning even something light as stretching but in reality that doesn’t happen. That doesn’t mean I don’t aspire to it. Every new day that dawns, we get to begin again!

Routines, Rituals, and Practices 

Dear Reader, 

This month we’re going to talk about routines, rituals, and practices that make our lives better. We’ll talk about morning and evening routines, spiritual practices, exercise, and even cleaning! God wants us to have an abundant life and there are things that we can do to help ourselves along in that direction. Science even supports the idea that routines, rituals, and practices can help us become more healthy and happy. 

I do have a caveat. Everything in moderation. Yes, we need to exercise but not for 12 hours a day! Yes, we need to eat, but not 8 x a day. Yes, we need to clean, but we don’t have to go so hard that our lives are out of balance. God is about balance. So as we talk about different tools for health and well-being let’s all remember (ME TOO) that everything must be in moderation.  I hope you can incorporate some of this into your life and live a Godly, balanced life. See you soon!

Church as Family 

Dear Reader: 

I want to encourage you to use church as a resource. I know its not a happy place for alot of people and even those who engage in Church may be relunctant to fully go all in. But do it !

WAYS TO ENGAGE IN CHURCH TO FIND FAMILY

  1. Join a team. It does not have to be a visible team like the worship team or the ushers. Perhaps your best friend is on the prayer team or on church admin team. Perhaps you are the undiscovered church spreadsheet guru, perhaps you put the sound in sound team. 
  2. Go to Events. Churches are notorious for having social events. Perhaps you’ll like Wednesday night small group meetings. Perhaps your place is at Game Night. Perhaps you need to be a Youth team leader and you like hanging out with the youths and picking up whatever it is “kids these days” say. Perhaps there is a church potluck maven in you and you make the best green beans this side of town. You never know until you show up. 
  3. Connect with people during the week. They say the church is the people and not a building. That means that when you leave you should still be fully engaged in community; you can still plug in. There are quite a few ways to keep in touch with church folks. Not just the standard Facebook, Instagram, etc. The Bible app is something I’ve found very helpful in engaging with church folks. I get to see what they’re reading in their word. We can join in and do the studies together. We can encourage one another.  We can also just call people. I am not team phone but sometimes we just need to call people up, especially in the current moments in world history. It seems the world is just unhinged. It might be a good time to catch up. 
  4. GO OUTSIDE. Maybe you need to make a coffee date with some church friends. Maybe a hike, a bowling trip,something. Go outside and engage in life with people. It’s especially hard to do that these days when it feels like we don’t know how to be among each other in these weird times of kinda after  the pandemic- yet still in a pandemic- whatever it is – right now. 

I hope you can give yourself the time and space to heal from church trauma. I hope you can then reach out and seek friends/ community. 

How to Build your Family of Choice

Dear Reader, 

For some, relationships with family are simply irreparable. Last week we learned that God wants us to have a full life and not continue to retraumatize ourselves just because they’re family and we feel like they have to be in our lives. 

For people who simply cannot reconcile, there is always a family of choice. Don’t feel sad or ashamed about having one. The bonds of family of choice and the bonds of friendship can be strong, healthy  and help you to thrive. 

But honestly, where are you supposed to find these people? The answer: everywhere. Making friends as an adult always seems like an arduous task. However, you have things you like and don’t like, you have interests, hobbies and life activities. There lies a place to find a new brother or sister. You can find yourself a walking buddy, a sewing circle, an Anime Con friend, etc. We were not meant to walk this world alone.  You might find a family even in church, if you’re so inclined. Church is place that may be traumatic for some.. So perhaps you might want to find your family of choice somewhere else…at the Pilates studio, at the YMCA, or at the meditation studio.

Take your time. After your trust has been broken, don’t fall head first into friendships. While there are people out there who can support and hurt you, there are also people who live to hurt others. Find your tribe and avoid the others. Pray. Ask God to help you find some people to walk alongside you.