Affirmation: " I won't feel guilty for resting. God ordained it; I will take time to rest and reconnect.
Scripture: Hebrews 4:9-11
Song: "Wait on the Lord" by James Wilson
As we approach the ending of our devotional period, it’s important that we remember in all that we’re doing that rest is an important component of God’s will for our lives. Yes, I know the kids have work packets, and your job has teleconferences all day, but there comes a point where you have to give. You cannot do it all. You won’t be the perfect mom, dad, business owner, or employee right now…and that’s ok! You have to realize that your work and your life are covered by the one who made you!
We are all striving so diligently to maintain some sort of normalcy. Each day, we are fighting hard to replicate the routines and activities that we’ve become accustomed to over the years. Right now, though, all of that is being challenged. If you’ll acknowledge it, and look at it for what it is, you’ll see that what you’re doing is fighting an uphill battle. You’re trying to hang on to what God is setting you free from.
There’s a song “It’s a new season, it’s a new day”… and that’s what we’re in right now. We’re in uncharted territory. We need to do less resisting and conduct more investigations of this new landscape, learning how we can operate best as family members and business owners in this new space.
Because so many of us have been working hard to resist the changes happening everywhere, we are TIRED. Our kids are tired. Our brains are tired. We may have even found ourselves becoming short-tempered with our loved ones or even finding ways to hide from them, just to have a few moments of mental peace.
What this says, is that we need rest. We need time to reconnect and regroup – both with ourselves and with the people around us. We have to remember that just as we are affected, our children and other people we care about are just as discombobulated and stressed as we are. So, we set good examples when we just take time to do nothing, or when you take time away from work and spend it with the rest of the household.
Our scripture for today tells us that God ordains rest. He is not interested in our desire to work ourselves into the ground. That’s not why he made us. Yes, we must satisfy our obligations and continue to pursue our dreams and goals, but we must also be diligent about resting. That means rest should be planned, or it should be taken without guilt when you know you need it.
Today, let’s conduct a self-check. Do you need to take time to just chill? Are you in the house with your kids, but they still miss you? Are you feeling like you’re on the brink of losing it and wondering just how much more you can take before you actually do?
If so, you need rest. Take a listen to James Wilson’s Wait on the Lord. God is wants to renew your strength if you’ll just sit still for a little while. It’s ok. Really. Wait on him, and rest.
Dr. Rhonda Alexander helps leaders and entrepreneurs uncover and discover their best! As an author, professional speaker, and coach, she connects with people who are looking to fulfill their purpose and walk effectively in their life’s calling. Her books, EntrHERpreneur and Your Life’s Calling, can be purchased on TheDrRhonda.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. Her newest e-book, Side Hustle or Sustainable, is now available for direct download. She is also available for group and individual coaching. Contact Dr. Rhonda directly at Rhonda@TheDrRhonda.com.