Good day beautiful people
I hope that this post meets you well? In today’s write up I intend to remind us all about the importance of rest. It’s essential for us to pause and reflect because overworking is never healthy. Taking time out is something I’m learning to do more often. So, I’m speaking to myself too when I say ‘do not let the busyness of ministry cause you to neglect you family or your relationship with God’.
I’m sure that some of you may have noticed that recently I’ve not been posting every Wednesday, although committing to posting on a specific day of the week is something I love to do it’s not always possible. Sometimes I may drop a post a little later in the week, for example on a Thursday or a Friday. This is because life has become really busy for me at the moment especially with the current changes to my working environment. The world seems like it’s a very chaotic place right now, so prioritising spending time with God and my family is on the top of my to-do-list. Sometimes writing a post can be really challenging for me not because I don’t know what to write about, but because I’m very pressed for time. Giving others your best sometimes means giving your body the time it needs to heal and recuperate (taking a break from work). You can’t fill others up (productively help others) if you’re constantly empty (burnt out).
Just know that it’s ok to take a break when you need to. You don’t have to be so rigid when it comes to schedules, life happens and things don’t always go to plan, but what we do have is the assurance that God is ALWAYS with us, and He will never abandon us.
Hebrews 13:5 ~ “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”
As always I like to look to the Bible for wise counsel, advice and strength, and of course I like to study the life of Christ the most perfect man of all. I like to follow the blueprint He left for His children to follow which can be found in the Bible.
Mark 6:30-31 ~ “The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.”
^^^After Christ’s disciples finished their ministry tour He told them to rest so that they could eat! You cannot do ministry work effectively without appropriate support/counsel, or without giving yourself REST.
Mark 9:30-31 ~ “Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee. Jesus didn’t want anyone to know he was there, for he wanted to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead.”
^^^Spending time with those you love is paramount! And investing your time and energy into those close to you is a way in which you can express the love of God to others.
Some important scriptures to remember.
⁃ 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.
⁃ Matthew 11:29 ~ “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
⁃ Jeremiah 31:25 ~ “For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing.”
Although this post is very short I hope that you could take away something from it, something practical which you can implement into your life and share with others. I’d also like to highlight that this post is not only for those in ministry! EVERYBODY needs rest. I pray that God will give strength to the weary, hope to the broken-hearted and peace to the overworked/overwhelmed individual in Jesus name. God loves you.
Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart 💜