"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."
I don't think I ever rest. I believe we create these needs for the latest toys in our lives that simplify our daily tasks making it impossible to plan days of rest. After all, how can we? There is a huge burden to pay off these luxuries that are supposed to make our life simpler. But, every newly created electronic gadget prompts us to buy it and try it. After all, ads boost it will make life easier, less complicated; we'll stay connected. Have you ever wondered how much of our lives are consumed paying for these items to keep our treasures in trust? Fifty years ago it took less money to run a house. Furthermore, many of those houses were happy because life was less complicated. Sunday was set aside for church, getting together with friends, a planned family dinner. Do you set days aside for such customs? When is your rest day? Do you have a rest day?
My goodness even God planned a day of rest. He worked six days and put his feet up on the seventh day. He knew the importance of giving the body time to unwind. You think we'd heed his advice. After all, I think he planned this to keep our bodies healthy and happy. I find it impossible to fit in one rest day after reading Genesis. Every day is full of work, cooking, family, and errands. I have built this time line, this consuming trail, that threatens to devour me if I don't follow its plan. I've decided today to plan in smaller units of rest to my schedule. I've noticed my health has suffered due to pushing myself constantly lately. I've also realized that no one is going to ensure I rest if I don't do it myself. Furthermore, I am also going to work on the seventh day, Sunday, as my goal to allow my body time to heal from the week's demands. Find your rest day to rejuvenate and keep yourself alive and healthy.
1. If you're a church goer, make Sunday God's day. Spiritual blessings are fulfilling and gratifying when you do so. There is something about being in church and filling your spirit that prepares you for the week. If you don't have a church, find one. Find other people who are Christian to connect to. You will make new friendships. You may want to volunteer and help others out at your church. Even if you are financially strapped, it is uplifting to help others less fortunate.
2. To plan a proper day of rest, you must set it in stone. If it is Sunday, plan something special with family
member(s). Make it happen every Sunday. Don't let obligations such as chores get in the way. If your children are getting older and don't enjoy spending the day, grab your mother, father, brother, sister, or friend.
3. Make meal planning easy that day. If you are inviting friends or family over, plan something that you can roast or put in the slow cooker. Slow and Simple has delightful slow cooker recipes to put in your favorite casserole dish. Martha Stewart offers some slow cooker recipes that you'll be proud to serve too!
4. I can't stress enough that this day is about YOU! Take care of yourself, give yourself a hug if no one else will. As you do, think of me, wrapping my arms around you and telling you what a wonderful, beautiful person you are.