Monday, May 28, 2007

A Time for Rest

Mothers are known for the great sacrifice they put into their families. They give their entire lives for the benefit of others as they barely think of themselves or their own needs. It is so important for mothers to schedule time to rest. Something as elementary as resting just won't happen on its own if we are not careful to see to it and make this important element of our lives become reality.

As we look to our holy example, Jesus Christ, He himself was found during the time of his great ministry was careful to:

1. Find time away from people

2. Use it for prayer and petitioning

3. Engaged in fellowship with the Father

So often mothers think of themselves something like the Duracell bunny---who just keeps going and going and eventually run themselves into the ground rendering themselves useless and falling into sin and temptation themselves (anger, impatience towards family).

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

We are also weakened in our thinking when we don't have proper rest and Satan can attack more readily since we do not have our wits about us. Whispering lies to us about our husband, our children, our housework, our calling or our churches. That is another reason why we must value the importance of rest, time with in the Word keeps us sharp mentally so that our swords are sharp for fighting against the arrows of lies that the enemy tries to destroy us with. We can see the benefits of why the Lord installed a Sabbath Day for us and He was our Ultimate Example as He rested after his beautiful work of creating the world.

Resting is beautiful and pleases the Lord. It is not laziness or being slothful to refresh our souls so that we might be more effective for our husbands, our children and for our Lord. Take this time to look into your schedules and prepare some time for the necessity of renewing of your spirits.

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lack might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:28-31


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