Resting for God

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that God rested. How could He possibly get everything he needed to get done and still have time to rest? When we’re not working our day jobs, people are managing a house and a family. Dishes need to be done. The oil in you car has to get changed. The laundry needs to be folded. Oh, and not to mention the floors haven’t been cleaned in a month.

Life is overwhelming.

Yet God creating our entire world in six days, and he rested on the seventh.

We have our priorities mixed up. All of those things we have to do? They don’t have to be done now, if at all. We get so caught up in what we have to do, we forget what we get to do.

In the hustle and bustle we loose track of our blessings.

Which is exactly why not only do we get to take a Sabbath, but we have to take a Sabbath. We need to rest.

The Sabbath is an opportunity each week to take time to breathe, to break, to count our blessings, and draw close to God with an intentionality that is undisturbed by the world’s great to-do lists. It’s a time to pray and to play.

Sabbath doesn’t need to be on a Saturday if that’s not what works with your schedule, but I encourage you to pick a day and make sure that you organize your week so that you will not need to do any work on that day. Then, go out and do the things that make you feel closest to God.

For me, I love to hike. I would like to take a Sabbath day to go out and hike through the trees, the cliffs, and the chirping of birds as I contemplate the character of God as seen through His creation. I can let my mind rest. I can pause to pray without worrying about what’s next in the day.

Take a break. Take a Sabbath. God commands it! And you certainly deserve it in this wild and crazy life.

Originally posted on RochesterSA.org.

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We are Haley and James Earley, a family of two established on October 11, 2014 in our hometown of Rochester, MN and now living in St. Paul, MN. We are dog-lovers, coffee addicts, tree-huggers, balance-seekers, community-livers, and new foster parents. We live in a house of three adults, three dogs, and our sweet foster kiddos. We desire to slow down in this fast-paced world in order to pursue intentional community as we seek after the heart of God. We're just one couple trying to figure out this whole living life thing.

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