Rest is such a foreign word to most people in our society today, where we are constantly being encouraged to hustle and work in excess. The actual definition of rest is to cease work and to recover. We have souls—our soul controls our mind, will, and emotions. This dated back to Genesis when God formed man, a tri-part being: Body, Soul, and Spirit. Read more information on that, here.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
– Matthew 11:28-29
“but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.”
– Isaiah 40:31
God’s been revealing a lot to me on what rest looks like not just physically but for our souls. Here are three ways to find rest— physically, spiritually, and mentally.
First, let’s start spiritually and mentally….
Practice the pause:
The definition of pause is to stop temporarily and to some extent lets you rest before you respond. I truly believe pausing is a learned behavior and something that doesn’t come naturally to us, strong-willed people.
When I surrendered almost two years ago from a lifestyle (where I overdid a lot– working, drinking, thinking. that nearly killed me)– pausing was one of the tools I picked up. Along with pausing came the willingness to slowly respond to a situation rather than rush and react. Pausing helps us to build character, let things go and be grateful. You can read more about how this can benefit you, here.
Detox from Distractions:
An example of this can be Fasting Technology and Social Media.
At the beginning of the year, I took a 21 day fast from Facebook and Social Media that distracted me. It really helped me to stay present around everyone I was with, hook into the Lord, and do things I wouldn’t do if I was wasting time on Facebook. I think setting boundaries of how much we consume of social media can create breakthroughs in our lives. One thing I’m determined to have God break in me is the cycle of sleeping with my phone nearby which is slowly improving.
With Apple’s latest update you can also set times on Apps so for better time management. Boundaries are okay and healthy, too. They help us set the tone to lead healthy lives and relationships. But we can only do these things by seeking God or a power greater than ourselves. I think this ties into meditation too. When we take the focus off ourselves and put it on God it can make a huge difference. Click To TweetI think fasting is a sacrifice whether it be food or technology that we need to do quarterly it clears our minds and helps us to refocus.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
.- Proverbs 3:5-6
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Last is physically and we can keep it simple with sleep.
We live in a society that for the last five years or maybe ten has glorified working hard and playing hard and not until recently seeing the damage in it. God gets glory in our lives when we rest. And yes that may mean setting boundaries with a phone or bedtime or even choosing better habits in your daily life. But sleep is fundamental for us to function and be part of society and even bring the Good News to people.
Studies show that a good night’s sleep affects your emotional, mental and physical well-being. I know I’m a lot more grateful when I’m getting enough sleep and I have a better chance of renewing my thinking. If I’m tired and irritable that’s a lot less likely to happen. Accepting that something’s may take time and process to complete is important too.
We don’t have to be Superman or Supergirl.
“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
– Proverbs 3:24
I hope these tips encourage you to take time away from anything that may be distracting you from your purpose and encourages you to rest knowing that by your faith and obedience alone, your Heavenly Father has you covered.
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