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Attempting to obey God and follow Jesus Christ our Lord

Remember to Rest

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his(her) own work, just as God did from His. Let us therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” – (Hebrews 4:9-11)

The whole Sabbath concept has always been a point of confusion for me in today’s fast-paced society. During the week, I must rise extra early to spend intentional time seeking our Savior, and I rarely slow down until I am ready to go to bed at the day’s end. Weekends are no better, as they are often booked, before they have even begun. So, how am I meant to rest?

God’s rest, does not necessarily mean taking a nap or sitting in stillness. Sometimes, rest in Him is found through fun family time, or a drive around town. For me, rest comes more as my focus is found in Him, rather than by my body being still. Yes, slowing down for some stillness is a good thing too, but being intentional with where my mind and heart wander, provide just as much peace, as the other. Taking a break from the “have to’s”, and spending time on that which nourishes the soul, is another source of His rest. Time spent writing, drawing or creating, also provide place for me to be abundantly aware of His presence.

May we find His rest,Remember to Rest 1

and each enter in;

refuge from busy,

protection from sin.

Let our heart’s intent,

be to seek the Lord;

in all that we do,

with Him, in accord.

Be it in stillness,

or drive around town;

may we seek His rest,

and His peace be found.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we are no longer under the weight of the law, where we must do this or that in order to be acceptable unto You. Thank You that You love us and receive us as we come, and You take us as we are. Thank You that You want good things for us, including rest. Forgive us for getting so caught up in the chaos of life that we forget to slow down and be intentional about our time in that which matters most. Teach us how to prioritize, and where You would have us go to find rest in You. Thank You that You are a creative God, and that rest for one, is not necessarily the same as rest for another. May we each hear Your voice, and obey what You are asking, so that we might benefit from the rest that You provide. May we be refreshed and ready to go forth in love, so that many may come to know Your goodness and grace, and enter into a personal relationship with You. Be exalted, our perfect Prince of Peace. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

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