THE REST OF GOD
Now more than ever, our culture is gasping for air emotionally and spiritually. We are drowning in busy and the frantic pace of life.
Do you ever want to stop? Breathe? And rest?
Well, our team has begun exploring the rest of God, and we’d love to share our learnings along the way!
One of the first things we explored was what we are resting FROM! Big picture, we explored a rest from work of all kinds… for example, one of our team members decided to not do dishes on their day of rest! We also explored resting from being overconnected… for example, not being on our phone other than to directly connect with individuals. Keeping in mind this exploration is not a list of do’s and don’ts, we instead explored different ways to fill our soul and sought to do those things!
Some on our TEAM have little kids, and they quickly realized that a day of rest for them is going to look different than for a family with older kids or for empty nesters. They’ve been learning to experience the goodness of God in the season they are IN instead of waiting for the next season of life to explore a day of rest. Here are some ideas for making the day more restful with young children:
- – Create a “rest” toy box that only gets opened on your day of rest to create a little margin for yourself.
- – Consider mandatory quiet times or naps on your day of rest – restful for everyone!
- – Take turns with one spouse taking some time alone while the other takes the kids.
- – Engage family and your church family for help with the kids.
We also realized trying to set aside a full 24 hours for rest, cold turkey, was a challenge initially. So we decided to start where we were at… if we had a half day to rest, we started there and then continued to add hours as we explored the gift of rest.
Finally, we found our day of rest was most restful when we had prepared for it! Many of our team takes Sunday as their day of rest, which means Saturday we try to do all our yard work, house work and some on our team even prepare meals in advance for their day of rest. We sought to find the things that fill us and planned ahead to do the things that didn’t fill us beforehand.