Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30
We spend so much of our lives striving for something. We work to fit in with peers, we fill our calendars with events, we climb the corporate ladder. Our children study to reach SOL goals (or whatever they’re being called these days), their evenings and weekends are filled with dance, soccer, girl scouts or AWANAs.
As a successful up-and-coming, the modern-day answer to the question, “How are you?” is “Busy.”
But how many of us, when the day is done and the party is over and we’re finally alone in our homes, are just plain worn out? We kick off our shoes and get into some comfy sweats and sigh deeply. We long for the weekends, vacation, a holiday or just a day off, but even then we fill those to the brim, finally exclaiming, “I need a vacation from my vacation!”
Jesus calls us to rest.
Join me for the next month as we learn to rest. Together, let’s take a deep breath.
Inhale. Let’s look at things we should rest from – the busy schedule, trying to please everyone, our own perfectionism.
Exhale. We’ll ponder things we should rest in – God’s strength, His promises, His grace.
Inhale. Let’s take time to let a peaceful song wash over us, soaking in words of hope.
Exhale. We’ll meditate on scriptures that encourage us to rest.
It’s time for 31 days of blogging as part of the Nester‘s annual challenge. Last October 1200+ joined the call. Take time to read through some of the other bloggers. (And if you comment and have a 31 Days post, I would love to return the visit and check out your post, so be sure to let me know). Come back to this page anytime to catch up on all 31 posts.
Together, let’s heed the call to rest.
Day 1: Rest from Expectations
Day 2: Rest in Worship and Praise
Day 3: A Place of Quiet Rest
Day 4: Rest in God’s Strength
Day 5: Sabbath Rest
Day 6: Rest in the Beauty of Creation
Day 7: Rest Provides Margin
Day 8: Rest right where you are
Day 9: Rest in Wonder
Day 10: On What are you Resting?
Day 11: Rest for your Weekend
Day 12: Cracked Pedestals
Day 13: Rest from Idolatry to Worship
Day 14: I took a break, which is explained on Day 16
Day 15: Take Down The Walls – a book review
Day 16: A Letter for You (yes, you)
Day 17: The Peace That Seems Impossible
Day 18: Rest for Those Who are Worn
Day 19: You Will Find Him Here
Day 20: God is Glorious
Day 21: Jesus, I am Resting, Resting
Day 22: When Words Fail
Day 23: Day off to rest
Day 24: Altogether Separate – a Five Minute Friday
Day 25: Truth to Rest Upon
Day 26: Nothing is Wasted
Day 27: A Sort of Coming Home
Day 28: Tired and Heavy-Laden
Day 29: Rest Day
Day 30: Rest in your Mess
Day 31: True Rest – the Beginning to Never Needing