Rest… is definitely not a familiar word to me.
I grew up hearing my grandma talking about her dad coming in from the field and if you weren’t working “you were to act like you were”! There was no such thing as freedom from activity on the family farm!
Plus being in a home with four sisters, how do you think resting played into that equation for my mom? As for my dad… Ha! My dad was such a hard worker, that when he broke his ankle on the job, he finished his work-day first, then went to the Doctors. The next day he was back to work, climbed up on his backhoe — cast and all.
Now I have my own home and family and hearing the word “rest” always puts a puzzled look on my face.
Learning to respect rest is one area I am “working” on. (ha, no pun intended!)
Do you also find that being a challenge? What does rest look like in your family? What about your church family?
Try taking my “REST TEST” and see what you discover!
Ask yourself one simple question.
Why am I afraid to rest?
Write down every thought that comes to mind and be gut honest!
Here is what I discovered about me!
- I feel like I am slacking
- I feel like I am not pulling my load
- I feel guilty
- I feel something bad might happen
- I’m afraid of missing out on something?
- Others will think I am lazy
- If I don’t work, I don’t eat!
WOW, that simple little TEST revealed so much about the condition of my heart.
Immediately I see…
- My lack of trust (with God & others)
- How I’m consumed with what people think
- Fear based thinking!
- I need a new perspective of who God is!
- These lies I have been believing, I have been empowering!
No wonder I am exhausted! My thought life has been going non-stop, building a wall that has been re-enforcing my in-ability to respect rest.
My new heart’s cry is Psalm 116:7!
Psalm 116:7 Return to your rest my soul, for the Lord has been good to you!
Other great ways I am learning to respect rest is with a cleanse. A cleanse allows you to rest physically, calm your mind mentally, bring healing emotionally and always enables you to grow spiritually. For starters try my 3 Day Cleanse by clicking HERE!
Or my husband Bob’s blog post “3 Keys to Increase” is another healing way to begin to implement rest into your life.
When you asked yourself…
Why am I afraid to rest?
- What did you discover?
- What are some changes you could make?
- How can you begin making those changes today?
Comment your discoveries below and let’s learn together!
PS. If you have learned to see rest from a different perspective – click and share your good news with a friend!