Maybe I’m just tired, but as I pondered about what our theme should be this week, the word “rest” kept coming to mind.
I think of “rest” when I think of summer. My favorite season awaits just around the corner. We’re almost there. Memorial Day is the holiday when summer officially begins in my book and the beach town where I live. And with summer I think how everything should slow down and how rest should become apart of my everyday.
But I think summer was only like that when I was seven.
The lazy hazy days of summer no longer exist unless I intentionally make them days of rest.
Life is like that; isn’t it? We have to be intentional about everything that’s important to us like spending time with our significant others or friends or children. I have to be intentional about mopping the floor too (at least once a month), but I’d rather focus on not mopping.
Rest is important. It affects our health and our moods.
I’ll never forget when my first two children both finally began to sleep all night. I got up one morning and thought, “I can be a good mommy! I’ve just been tired all of this time!”
Yet resting doesn’t only involve sleep or sitting on the beach catching some vitamin D. Many of us are striving in other areas in our lives where we really need to take a break from the worry and work and let God do His thing.
3 Places of Needed Rest
- Weekly, physical rest commanded by God. “Remember to observe the Sabbath day be keeping it holy. . .” Genesis 2:3
- Emotional rest, not worrying. “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4: 6,7
- Salvation rest, no longer striving to earn salvation.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2: 8-9
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a] just as God did from his.” Hebrews 4:9-10
So . . . this week we will focus on these three areas where we need rest.[bctt tweet=”Seven Scriptures to Help You Find Rest Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually.” username=”wordsbyandylee”]
Psalm 46:10: He says, “Be still, and know that I am God I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Exodus 33:14: The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Psalm 3:5: I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
Matthew 11: 28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Psalm 91:1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 62:1,2: Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Different Ways to Use this Plan
- Print off this post to have the reading list. (The print icon is with the sharing buttons at the top of the post.)
- You can join me Monday -Friday at 8:20 AM ET on my Facebook page for my Daily Broadcast to unpack the “bite” with a bunch of other believers who love to dig into the Word of God. Or you can watch it later on my You Tube channel. I plan on sharing with you every day this week!
- Click here to download a free Printable of the reading plan with the scriptures typed out and extra questions and prompts to deepen your time with God each day.
- Or you can simply take a screen shot of the Bite of Bread meme.
One thing is for sure, I’m looking forward to sharing these scriptures with you every morning. I missed my Facebook peeps last week. I hope you can join me. Pour your coffee, grab a journal and Bible, and we will dig deep to live fully rested. I think we need a Word Wednesday post too (though it may not be on Wednesday!) Stay tuned.
Have a blessed week, my friends.