Taking Care of the Rest

Sometimes it seems difficult for me to slow down, to rest. But when I do, what a gift rest is.  My body, mind, spirit all know how much I need it.

This past weekend I had the blessing of enjoying sweet quality time with 11 of my Proverbs 31 Ministries’ coworkers at a dear friend’s beautiful Kiawah Island home. Not only do I have the joy of working with these talented teammates each day, it was a joy to get to know each one even better.

We ate delicious home-cooked meals, laughed until our sides ached, rode bicycles on the island, played the piano, walked on the beach,  cannonball jumped into the pool (hilarious!). We also talked about our blessings and our struggles. We encouraged each other in our faith journeys.

This past weekend showed me even more how healthy and necessary it is to get away and rest, relax.

Brilliant Renaissance man Leonardo Da Vinci said, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation. For when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer…Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.”

In fact, it’s one of the Ten Commandments, not a suggestion, to rest, to honor the Sabbath.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God…For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” –Exodus 20:8-10a, 11.

I am thankful to my parents for encouraging our family to honor the Sabbath and rest. It helps  fuel back up for the week. If the Lord can do it all in six days, what makes me think I can’t?

Give yourself permission to rest and relax.  Let’s make more of an effort to unwind.

As Roman poet Ovid said, “Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.”

Reflect:

–When is the last time you truly relaxed, truly rested with friends, your spouse or by yourself? Please comment.

–How do you observe the Sabbath? Please let us know.

–Are you over-programmed?

Renew:

-“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

–“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.” –-Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV.

Recharge:

–What plans will you make to intentionally set aside time for vacation, rest, relaxation? Please comment.

–How will you plan to be still, be quiet for a time?

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Bible Navigating Confessions

On this first day of December,  Lysa TerKeurst poignantly shares about a time she couldn’t find what she needed in the Bible. She says what my heart has felt also. May you be as encouraged also today by her testimony.

Proverbs 31 Ministries devotional

We at Proverbs 31 Ministries prayerfully desire to reach more people for Jesus and His Word. Thank you for joining us in the huge God-sized vision to eradicate Biblical poverty together.

On this Giving Tuesday, please share this message and prayerfully consider giving your best gift (after your church tithe) to Proverbs 31 Ministries today.

Reflect:

–Please comment on how Proverbs 31 Ministries has impacted your faith. To God be the glory.

Renew:

–“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” –Psalm 119:105 NIV.

–Respond:

Proverbs 31 Ministries–Be With Jesus

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It Was No Accident–Welcome, Friend!

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Welcome Encouragement For Today, friend!  How humbling it is to have you read my Proverbs 31 Ministries devotional today. If you are joining Pure Inspiration for the first time, it would be so fun to stay connected. Please consider subscribing to my blog by simply adding your email address to the right side of this home page or by clicking here!

In today’s Proverbs 31 devotion, It Was No Accident,   I share about one of the many lessons God has taught me after my life-changing car accident on March 14th.  Just to have breath is also a gift when I look at the photo of my car!3-14-15 Danya car photo

If you stink at asking for help like I did (sometimes still do), may you be encouraged by today’s message.

We at Proverbs 31 Ministries ask you to prayerfully consider investing financially in God’s Kingdom by donating at www.proverbs31.org/bewithjesus.

Be encouraged that God is not finished with us. All we endure is not an accident. God ordains it for our good and His glory!

Renew:

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. ‘Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'” –Malachi 3:10 NIV

Resource:

www.proverbs31.org

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