5. The Importance of Sustainable Rest
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Developing healthy habits of self-care and sabbath can reap long-term benefits for ourselves as individuals and our families as a whole.
Modeling a healthy diet, restfulness, and care for our bodies and minds teaches our children to do the same. These habits are almost never built overnight, but rather are formed over a lifetime.
A couple years ago my husband and I decided that we would carve out sabbath every Sunday afternoon. I had really grand plans of what this Sabbath time would look like. Quiet with God, peace and serenity.
The reality was a stark contrast—we had two young children then and the word “quiet” isn’t in there vocabulary.
We had to adjust and find sustainable ways to seek sabbath. We started hiking and taking long walks in the evening. We removed digital devices and allowed ourselves some mental breathing room.
My husband and I carved out time for each other to have what we call “replenishment time.” Typically during these hours he likes to go play basketball or if the weather permits go for a bike ride, whereas I enjoy taking my dogs for a long walk or taking the occasional nap.
These seemingly small strides can reap huge reward. Our minds feel clearer, our bodies feel stronger and our souls feel replenished.
Ultimately, in parenting and life in general, we must have a marathon mentality. God has designed us, one and all, for endurance. But if we don’t take care of the temple which houses our souls we are set on a course straight for disaster.
As the Word says in Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
We parents we must have endurance, as the body of Christ even more so. Through our endurance, we will be able to draw others to the Kingdom of God. So, rest and replenish, a marathon awaits.
Rachel Baker is a pastor’s wife, director of women’s ministries, who believes in leading through vulnerability and authenticity. She is a cheerleader, encourager, and sometimes drill-sergeant. She serves the local church alongside her husband, Kile, in Northern Nevada. They have two amazing kiddos and three dogs. Rachel is fueled by coffee, tacos and copious amounts of cheese. For more on her and her resources to still your fears, see her website: www.rachelcheriebaker.com or connect with her on Instagram at @hellorachelbaker.
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