“We Want … Rest and Relaxation” 

The Pour Out:

Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you) … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)

The Beans:

The Background:

Genesis is the first book in the Bible. It covers a WHOLE LOT! However, it begins with detailing the story of Creation, which provides us with a lot of insight today.

The Verse:

Genesis 1:31 – 2:3

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

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

Why Did God Rest?:

So, He’s God, does He really get sleepy, or physically tired like us? I’m not sure, and no one can really fully answer that this side of Heaven. However, looking a bit deeper at these verses, we see that the reason for His rest lies right there.

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

God saw His creation and knew it was wonderful, so He took the time to enjoy it and appreciate it as He rested.

Where’s The Lesson For Us?:

Likewise, we are called to take a Sabbath rest. This is different from just a nap or vacation. (Can be at least). A Sabbath rest involves enjoying God, His creation, and His blessings in your life.

Think About It:

What’s the point in working so hard all week long to build a life, if you never take the time to enjoy it?

God blessed you with talents and resources, family and friends, and nature all around you. If you never take the time to notice, or enjoy those things, then you really are missing out. This goes for everyone, regardless of how much you LOVE your job, or how good the work is that you do.

And It’s Not Self-Centered to Take Pride in Your Work:

God was proud of what He created. No, you might not have created the Heavens and the Earth at work this week, but, I’d be willing to bet you did a lot of things extremely well!

It’s important to rest, and reflect on what you’ve done well. Celebrate yourself and your accomplishments. Each week, get in the habit of taking a Sabbath rest, appreciating and enjoying the life that you’re living, and really reflecting on the things that went well.

Sadly, we tend to do the opposite. Work tirelessly, and only point out and harp on our flaws.

Be intentional about making a change, and giving yourself the rest you deserve!

Your Task for Today:

Find the time today to rest, and ask yourself if you’ve lived today, if you’ve enjoyed your work today, and if you’ve thanked Him for it!

The Transition:

Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.

Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.

*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.

Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:

If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”

If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”

Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”

**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**