REST


Genesis 2:2-3

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

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Rest is important, even vital to life, but our culture is so fast and demanding, that we rarely find time for rest, or rest may feel like we are being lazy. However, there are many places we can get a queue to take a rest. Nature is one example. There are four seasons. The environment rests in winter. Animals rest, some even hibernate. When we bake, we often let the dough rest. And in music, rests are necessary to ensure the melody plays correctly.

There are many benefits to rest. An article from Inc. Magazine explains twelve physical, mental, and emotional benefits to regular rest.

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Gives you time for recreation
  3. Reduces the risk of heart disease
  4. Boosts your immune system
  5. You sleep better
  6. Adds years to your life
  7. Restores mental energy
  8. You’ll be more creative
  9. You’ll be more productive when you return to work
  10. Better focus and mental clarity
  11. Improves short-term memory
  12. With regular time away from work, you might even love your job again!

You can read the full article here: https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/a-day-of-rest-12-scientific-reasons-it-works.html

 Rest is also a command from God. Exodus 34:21 states, “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.”

Mark Buchanan states, “Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.”  And, Alan Cohen tells us, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”

After the death of John the Baptist, Jesus told his Disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.” (Mark 6:31-32)

And Matthew 11:28-30 explains (The Message Version),

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Laziness is different that rest. The lazy person seeks rest as their goal, rarely or never pursing worthwhile activities. The Bible describes the lazy person as a sluggard and wicked (Proverbs 10:4, 12:11, 20:4). And the Apostle Paul warns, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8).

Rest is so very important to a your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Won’t you take a break today and get some rest?

Blessings on your day.

Scripture: Openbible.info

Image: Google Image

God’s Gift of Creativity


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 Job 37:5-7 (NRSV)

“God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend. For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth;’ and the shower of rain, his heavy shower of rain, serves as a sign on everyone’s hand, so that all whom he has made may know it.”

It snowed here yesterday, leaving a delightful and sparkling white blanket over our world. There wasn’t enough snow to build a snowman, but my daughter was able to make snow angels, a fond memory from my own childhood. Snow may not seem like a big deal to you, but here in Texas, we rarely get it.

 The falling snow reminds me of the creativity of God. I am often astonished at the diversity of nature, both landscapes and animals, and the splendor of the stars. God has not reserved creativity for Himself; He has also given it to us. Consider the ability we have to create beautiful and intricate works of art, or compose music so mesmerizing it nourishes your soul.

 When I see something another has created that is unique and pleasing, I feel like I don’t have a creative bone in my body. That thought is displeasing to God because He created each of us in a unique way (Psalm 139:14).  What we are really feeling is jealousy toward the ability of another person. It’s time for us to take inventory of the skills and abilities our Lord has blessed us with.

First, thank God for the abilities He has given you. Use them with a spirit of wonder and humility.  Second, use and develop your gifts and talents. God gave us these abilities for a reason. He expects us to use them. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” so we are to use our gifts for the glory of God. Proverbs 22:29 states, “Do you see a man skillful in his work?  He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” This verse tells us that God wants us to use the creativity He has given us for the benefit of others and that He wants our creations to be noticed. Whatever we create should reflect His glory.

We have all been given a mind, with the ability to use our imagination. There are hundreds of ways to be creative. If you can’t think of any ways to be creative, just google that question.  Remember that each of us has been blessed with talents. When was the last time you tried to use or develop them? Maybe today you can take stock of the creativity God has blessed you with, and utilize your gifts. You will be a blessing to many others.

 

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Scripture: www.biblegateway.com (ESV)

Images: Google Images

DANCING LIGHTS


The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Did you know the earth makes light? The earth’s magnetic poles and radiation from the sun team up to create the phenomena known as the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The sun’s radiation creates charged ions in the atmosphere. When the charged ions release an electron, they also release light. The Northern lights are generally seen only in the polar regions of earth. However, if atmospheric conditions are right, they can be seen as far south as the mid-latitudes. (There are also Southern Lights, called Aurora Australis.) The ancients developed many myths and legends surrounding the Aurora Borealis, but today we understand these displays are more proof of God’s incredible creativity and master plan.

Numerous verses tell us about the God’s incredible creation:

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. Genesis 2:1

God has set the rhythm of the days and seasons, and they will not be changed. Genesis 8:22

God causes the things necessary for life to be sustained. Psalm 104:14-21

The animals know what the Lord has done. Job 12:7-9

When was the last time you were amazed at God’s creativity? Take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty God has given us.

Walk In His Light,

Julie

(An Exceprt from Follow the Light)