3. Enjoy sleep, a luxury that burning the candle at both ends fails to afford.

“He enters into peace; They rest in their beds, Each one who walked in his upright way.” Isaiah 57:2

{  Adventure  }

4. Enjoy God in your new endeavors. That’s what Moses insisted.

“My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” ~ God, Ex. 33:14

5. Enjoy the outdoors, soaking up nature. It brings our bodies and senses to rest.

“The whole earth is at rest and is quiet ; They break forth into shouts of joy.” Isaiah 14:7

6. Try a new direction, inspired by God’s goodness rather than fear of the bad. Trust God with the results.

“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.” ~ God, Jer. 6:16

{  Community  }

7. Enjoy friendships where you can be your real self and laugh.

“Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord ; refresh (rest) my heart in Christ.” ~ Paul, Philemon 1:20

8. Get together with a friend and share the deep things happening in your life.

I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed (rest) through you.” ~ Paul, Philemon 1:7

9. Enjoy God’s forgiveness in relationships that are difficult. Don’t carry the weight of guilt.

“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. ” Isaiah 30:15

10. Spend with Jesus. Rest isn’t something we can create. It is a gift Jesus gives. Then, turn around and offer that rest to others as your gift

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” ~Jesus Matt.11:28

One final rest inducing tip...

Call a friend to come over and fold laundry together (or just gab on the phone). Brew a cup of coffee or tea. Drink slowly. Enjoy.

Which of the three restful elements are you craving today — Creativity, Adventure or Community?

How do you de-stress?

Bonnie Gray, The Faith Barista, serves up shots of faith for everyday life. 

Publication date: March 8. 2011