Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Intentional Rest

Over the last few weeks we've covered these topics in these devotions:
  1. Created with intention
  2. Working with intention
  3. Loving your neighbors intentionally
  4. Loving your enemies intentionally
  5. Loving your children intentionally
  6. Loving your spouse intentionally
  7. Intentional time with the Lord:  Grace
  8. Intentional time with the Lord:  Prayer
  9. Intentional time with the Lord:  Jesus
Those help give a some perspective on how to live a more intentional life.  But in this world that is so full of busyness, sometimes just for the sake of being 'busy', we also need to remember to be intentional with rest.

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.  And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.  So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.  
Genesis 1:31-2:3

God, in His infinite power and glory, created the earth and everything in it in six days and then did something different the next day.  He rested.  God wasn't tired.  He didn't need to rest.  He simply made time for rest, too.  Sometimes I think we get so caught up in being productive or maybe even intentional with every moment of our lives that we forget that we were created in the image of God and even He who needs no rest, rests.  So why don't we?  It's not lazy to rest.  We were created for work, yes.  We were also created for rest!  Rest gives us time to enjoy, to savor the Savior and to, well, rest.  

Set aside a day to rest and set up boundaries for the day.  I think most people try to rest on Sundays.  If you work weekends, particularly if you work at a Church, another day may be much better to use as your day of rest so you get a whole day.  You have to do what works with your work and family schedule!  Be sure to set some boundaries so you can have some time to rest and an idea of what that really looks like for you. My little family rests on Sundays because it works best with our schedule.   Some boundaries we have are that my husband doesn't check work emails or work on anything from work.  We may do a small project around the house or something, and may even slip in a little nap in the afternoon after Church if our toddler is napping.  

Dear Lord, 
Thank you for creating the earth, everything in it, seeing it as good and then resting.  Help us to try to follow your example and step away from work for a day to spend more time in Your word and with your people.  Help us to rest from the weariness of this world, however possible.
In Your Holy Name, Amen

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