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The Spiritual Benefit Of Rest

January 31, 2014 4 comments

I wake up every morning at just about the same time.  I begin to wake up and lie there for a what seems like forever.  I finally get up and look at my phone to see what time it is.  I am out of bed, heading to the family room around 4:45.

It rarely makes any difference what time I go to bed.  Every day plays out about the same.  Sometimes there’s some variety.  As I write this, last night I fell asleep early on the couch.  I went to bed and woke up at 3:00 a.m.

When this really bugs me the most is on the days I have off.  Whether it’s the weekend or a holiday, it doesn’t make much difference.  I might sleep an extra hour, but I never sleep late.

Sometimes I wonder what kind of toll this takes on me.  There are physical consequences to not getting enough sleep.  There is an emotional toll that a lack of sleep takes on you.  But there’s more.  Much more.

There has to be spiritual issues to not getting proper rest too.

I’m not sure that I can prove that, but I think Elijah is good example of it.

After he had a big showdown with Baal’s prophets, Elijah had to flee.  By the time he stopped, he seemed to be exhausted.  He laid down and slept until an angel woke him up.  Then he woke up and had a meal.

It seems that he was stressed out and what he needed most of all was a good night’s sleep.

What gave him the most spiritual benefit was rest.

I imagine that this is often what we need most as well.  When we feel like we’re at the end of our rope, when we feel like we’re losing our religion, we might just need a good nap.  Preferably under a shade tree.  Follow that up with a nice big sandwich and a cold drink and we might be re-energized and ready to meet with the Lord.

There is a spiritual benefit of rest that we could all use.

Have you ever needed the spiritual benefit of rest?

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Do You Have A Sabbath?

December 4, 2013 6 comments

I have a confession to make.

I have never mowed the yard on a Sunday.

You can pick your jaws up off the floor.  I know that was a startling revelation, but it had to be done.

Seriously, though, I’m not getting on you if you have or do.  That’s your business and between you and the Lord.  I don’t because it was how I was raised.  We didn’t do any unnecessary work on Sunday.  We fed our cows, but that was about it.  Sunday was a day of rest.  I compromised that with my first job working in a grocery store.  We had to haul hay once so that we could get it in before it rained.  There were some exceptions.

I understand that you may have to work on Sunday.  That’s ok.  I get that.  Not everyone can work a Monday through Friday or Saturday job.  My preacher friends work on Sunday.  Trust me, preaching is work.  Physically it can have the same effect of running a distance race.  I’ve done it and can attest.  It will wipe you out.

My concern is that you take some sort of sabbath.  You need a day to kick back and not work.  The Lord did it.  After six days of creation, He rested on the seventh.  And He’s God.  He wasn’t tired like you and me.

I hope you take a day where you can turn your focus away from the normal things you face during the other six.  I hope you have a day where may pay special attention to the Lord.  No, I hope this isn’t your only day you do this, but one where your focus is heightened.

I hope you spend some time with family or friends on this day.  You make it a day that you just hang together.  Maybe see family you haven’t seen all week.

Most of all, I hope you have the true Sabbath in your life.  If you know Christ, He is your Sabbath.  He is your rest.  You want rest?  He offers it to you.

Do you have a Sabbath?

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Not Feeling Groovy

August 26, 2013 10 comments

As I write this, I sit here on a Sunday morning.   My church is probably about to finish up for the morning.  I am wiped out by a summer cold that my children passed one to another and now to me.  Based on their experience, I have about another five days left before I will be free from the effects of this minor viral issue.  I probably won’t feel my best and there will be more sniffing, sneezing and blowing.  While all of this is going on, there is one thing my mind seems to be fixated on, a set of lyrics that seem to be appropriate for the day:

Slow down, you move too fast….Got to make the morning last — 59th Street Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel

Jeff Goins has spent a good deal of time writing about slowing down of late.  I’m reminded of that as I sit here outside of my normal routine.  Typically I would have gotten up to read and write a bit.  Then I would have gone to the campground where I preach on Summer Sunday mornings.  Then on to church.  From there, lunch and a bit of laziness before small group.  Finally, I could rest the remainder of evening without any thought of going anywhere else.

Sometimes we need a break from all of this.  We may not even know it.  We might need to just rest in the arms of the Savior, our Lord, without anyone else or anything else going on.

The Lord may have been telling us to slow down for a while.  We may have ignored the signals, the warning signs.  Perhaps we kept pushing through, thinking that we could do it all, knowing that we really can’t.  Where do we find ourselves?

Not feeling groovy.  Sometimes the most spiritual, Godly think you can do is to rest or take a nap.  Listen to your body, but better yet, listen to the Lord.

Have you ever ignored the warning signs that you need to rest?

1 Thing The Tired Must Do

July 25, 2013 4 comments

I’m tired.

I don’t say that to whine about my life right now.  It just happens to have sped up a bit over the last few days.  Work has been intense.  My son’s football workouts and practice has increased.  Some of my rest has disappeared.  I’ve wanted to work on some projects that are so close to completion, yet so far.

So, what do I do?  What can I do?  What should I do?

There is one thing that I must do.  It’s what the Lord wants me to do.  It’s the one thing Jesus said to do.

Come!!!

Who?  Who is to come?

All who are weary and heavy-laden.

What?  What does He give?

Rest.

You see, the tired, the weary, the heavy-laden are welcome.  Jesus beckons us.  He invites us.

The journey has been long.  It’s been exhausting.  There is a seat at the table for us.

He gives His yoke to us.  He is gentle and humble in heart.  He gives rest for our souls.

His yoke is easy.  His burden is light.

All we have to do is that one thing.

Come!!!

Do you ever get just plain tired from all of it? Do you come to Him?

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The Spiritual Discipline Of Sleep

September 26, 2012 5 comments

On Monday, I left work early feeling bad.  I had not felt good for a few days.  It was going to be useless for me to stay at work, so I went home.  I changed clothes, climbed into my recliner and slept for about two hours.

When I woke up, I felt better.  I had a better attitude.  My perspective was clearer.

In short, I was better than before.

I wondered if there was a spiritual side to sleep.

I thought back to when Elijah fought the priests on the mountain.  After winning, he was on top of the world.  Then Jezebel threatened his life and he fled.  He went into the wilderness, sat down under a tree and slept.  When he woke up, an angel provided food and he ran for forty days to Mount Horeb.  There he received further ministering from the Lord.

The point of this story is not sleep.  However, it’s not something to be ignored.

Elijah was at his wit’s end.  He had just had a huge spiritual victory.  His life was threatened.  He was stressed and he left the area in a hurry.  He didn’t seem to be taking care of himself.

The first thing he did when he got away was sit down and sleep.

Imagine that.

It wasn’t to go to the temple.

It wasn’t to go have fellowship.

It wasn’t prayer.

It wasn’t to sacrifice.

It was sleep.

Elijah slept.  Then he ate and drank.  He got off by himself..  He spent time with Lord

All proceeded by sleep.

Sometimes we just need to rest.  Sometimes that can be the most spiritual things we can do.

Do you want a boost to your spiritual life?

The first thing you might want to do is  make sure you are getting the proper rest and sleep.

Maybe we should make sleep a spiritual discipline.

Do you get the proper amount of sleep?  Can you tell a difference in your spiritual life based on the amount of sleep you get?

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140 Words (or less) About Vacation

September 29, 2011 4 comments

It’s Twiterrific Thursday, where I write 140 words or less about a subject. Today it’s vacation.

I need a vacation.  You might have seen me tweet that if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook.  Yes, I need a vacation.

It’s been four years since I’ve really gone somewhere on vacation.  I just realized that the other day.  I don’t think that is healthy.  Sometimes you just need to get away.  It doesn’t count as a real vacation if you stay home and do yard work.  Or anything else for that matter.

I think God designed us for vacations.  Well, He didn’t call them vacations.  He gave Adam and Eve and Israel a day off every week for rest.  A day off to rest and spend time with God.  Time for God. Time to rest.

I think that’s what our vacations should be.  Time spent with God.  Time resting.  God and rest go together.

Do you need a vacation?  Do you need to spend time with God?  Do you need rest?

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