I feel like a hamster running on a wheel—constantly going but never getting anywhere. I needed to take time to recharge, but the daily demands of life beckon me to keep moving. Physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted, I turned in my Bible to have a time of daily devotion (a practice of which I had been sorely lacking). Exodus 20 hit me in the face.
Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy.
I’m not the only one who struggles with rest. There it was, a command to rest regularly. So why do I feel so guilty?
Our bodies were created for rest. That’s why “on the seventh day God rested” (Genesis 1). We need physical rest because when our physical beings are tired, so are our emotional and spiritual beings. God commands us to rest so we can handle the day-to-day stressors. We were also created to spend regular time meeting with the Father and investing our time to reap the harvest of a flourishing relationship with Him.
But observing the Sabbath is easier said than done. I often wind up filling my Sabbath with unfinished chores and tasks I couldn’t fit in the other days of the week—hardly what the Savior had in mind.
It’s hard enough to spend time in the Word and pray regularly, let alone practice other disciplines like silence and solitude. Spiritual disciplines help us grow closer to the Lord more than any other practice. In order to hear from God and discern His will for our lives, we must place ourselves in a position to hear from Him. This takes practice and perseverance.
But what if we could incorporate disciplines like silence and solitude into our Sabbath? Doing this might motivate us to rest regularly, as well as give us not only physical rest, but the emotional rest that refreshes our minds as well as our souls.
How do you integrate this practice into your everyday life?
Here are 10 ways to help you get started.
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