LIFE IS BUSY.
Somewhere along the way, our schedules become jam-packed, our children's activities build up, we say yes to more engagements that we have the energy to show up for, and the laundry list of to-dos has piled up. We find it hard to catch ourselves.
Often, it's not until we hit the wall and burn out that we recognize how unbalanced our lives have become. This is why I believe God established the importance of prioritizing rest from the inception of creation.
In my new eBook, 'Accessing Rest', I am sharing my study notes on what it truly means to rest from a biblical standpoint.
We usually think of rest as taking a nap, unplugging temporarily from external stimulations, or having a day to laze around the house and do nothing. However, proper rest is a gift reclaimed for us through Jesus and available to access even while we work. Rest means we can walk in relaxation, mental ease, emotional stability, and a calm assurance every day of the week.
"I will give you Rest."
In Matthew 11, Jesus encouraged those who felt weary, heavily burdened, and overwhelmed by many things to seek Him and to rest in His care. This kind of 'rest' in Hebrew implies to lay your full weight down.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.” Matthew 11:28-30
His yoke and burden was easy for us to bear, because He put all the weight upon Himself. All of our sins rested on Him as He sacrificed Himself on the cross. Jesus would give true rest by rescuing our souls from the finality of death. It’s a whole new way of thinking about resting in peace. He would conquer death so we could live in the land of the living and rest in His presence.
Rest and God's presence is intricately intertwined, which is why it is essential to maintain and prioritize. It is in God's presence that we experience full and complete peace. So, you can imagine why the enemy would work overtime to tempt us to overload our schedules and believe the lie that we have too much that needs to be done to slow down. To not rest is a display of a lack of faith and trust in the One who holds everything together. We can choose to rest in God's care!
Prioritizing Pursuing Rest
In this eBook, you will renew your mind on what it means to rest and learn the importance of being intentional to abide in it. You will be encouraged to look at the demands that Jesus Christ had on His life while He carried out His ministry and meditate on why rest was such a key component. Additionally, we will look at some key figures in the Bible who were busy-bodies, much like some of us.
In the final pages of the eBook, there are practical journal prompts to help you assess your schedule, your life and take inventory of those things that compete for your attention and time. Lastly, you will find declarations that you can print to your mirror, front entrance doorway, or place on the inside of your notebook so you can confess them over your life.
Download the eBook here.
Until next time,