Good day beautiful people
I hope that this post meets you well? Firstly I’d like to say thank you for your response to my last post, I was deeply encouraged and uplifted! Without further delay I will be speaking about the importance of rest. Giving your body the physical rest which it needs, is a great way to relax, but remembering to detach your mind from the busyness of this world, is also just as important.
Psalm 127:2 ~ It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
I think that it’s great to be proactive when it comes to carrying out tasks thoroughly, and diligently, but there is a danger in going into overdrive. Especially in the case of trying to please others, and trying to live up to the expectations of those around us. I really do enjoy posting multiple times a week, and engaging with the WordPress community, but for the time being I’ll stick to posting once a week. It’s so easy to become sidetracked by post deadlines, and obsessed with likes or the lack of likes, which almost shifts a persons focus from thoroughly enjoying their passion, to just getting a job done.
This mini break will help me clear my mind, by providing me with the time and space which I need to delve deeper into God’s word, and spend more time in His presence. It’ll be a great time for reflection and fasting. For the longest time I’ve had the desire to spend more time talking WITH God, than I do talking ABOUT Him. Just imagine a married individual spending their whole day talking about how amazing their spouse is, but as soon as they get home, they don’t have the energy to converse with their beloved spouse. They’re left extremely exhausted, due to spending an excessive amount of time boasting about their beloved spouse. Now it’d be hard for anyone to believe that a person finds them amazing, if this person never has anytime for them at all, but I’m grateful for the fact that I serve a merciful God who sees my heart. He knows that I love Him, even when I rush through prayer sessions with Him. I never want to put ministry before God! And as Christians, nothing should take God’s rightful place in our life!
Exodus 20:4-5 ~ “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods……..”
Social media platforms are full of so much information (including misinformation), which can be too much for the human mind to process. This is why taking a step back from the internet community, can be extremely refreshing.
Signs you need a break.
⁃ You’re constantly stressed.
⁃ You feel burntout/exhausted.
⁃ You spend all of your time, comparing your life and work to others.
⁃ You’re left unsatisfied every time your work doesn’t receive the reception you anticipated. (You’re only doing what you do because of the adrenaline you get, from the likes your work receives).
What to do.
⁃ Admit that you have a problem that needs addressing: Speak with someone about it, and remember that there will always be others facing the same issue (you’re not alone). Find a trusted friend to become your accountability partner. A person who will frequently check up on you, kindly correct you in love, and encourage you!
1 Thessalonians 5:11 ~ “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
⁃ Step away from social media for some time: I’m not saying deactivate all of your accounts, but disable them for a while. Give your mind a break from all of the junk found within the internet community, which can potentially cause mental trauma!
⁃ Remember in life there are seasons: Understand that sometimes you’ll have days where people love what you do, but you’ll also meet people who’ll find your work distasteful or uninteresting. This is just life, so DON’T LIVE TO PEOPLE PLEASE!! Live to please God.
Galatians 1:10 ~ “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
Proverbs 29:25 ~ “Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.”
⁃ Set boundaries: Setting limits on how long you use your gadgets, or social media platforms, can help prevent addictions being formed. Social media in itself is not bad, it can be used for good (to spread the love of God), but we shouldn’t allow it to control us! The bible clearly says that one is a slave to whatever controls them.
2 Peter 2:19 ~ They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.
I want to remind us that we do not have to be slaves to the internet. Christ has paid the price for our freedom through His death on the cross! May Christ set us free from the bondage of social media addiction, and may we choose freedom, and enjoy the peace which He gives, in Jesus name, Amen.
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Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart