By Inside Out with Courtnaye
Are you tired, sis? Do you need a break? If you do, then guess what? You are not alone. These days, with the rat race, daily demands at home and work, ministry assignments, endless entrepreneurial ideas, and social media craze, I would think we all could use some much needed rest.
If you’re tired, then let me remind you of this familiar, yet timely comforting verse from Jesus’ own lips, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Let me just say this, Jesus is the best muscle relaxer and stress reducer we will ever find!
So whatever burden you’re carrying or stress that you’re feeling right now, go to Jesus and release it to Him. Just let your shoulders down, breathe, relax, put your feet up, and let Jesus take the wheel. He’s got this and you!
Personally, at the time of this post, I need rest. I just spoke at a women's conference this past weekend (which I LOVE doing), and while we had such a great time in worship, the Word, and amazing fellowship with one another, I am in need of rest. I would actually love to be laying on somebody’s massage table this week (I probably need to schedule one). 😉
But getting back to the purpose of this post, no doubt, there is so much happening with all of the demands of the day and this new overcrowded fast lane of life these days with endless social media campaigns, ministry responsibilities, work, and you name it! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone’s trying to get somewhere. Just about everyone is crazy busy! I mean, just look around at your circle of friends, fellow colleagues, and sisters in Christ. Everyone’s trying to do something.
And while there's nothing wrong with doing amazing things, I just want us to find time for rest. To rest in the Lord. To take a break when you know that you need to take one. To simply breathe and allow God to pour into you to refresh you through His Word. Amen!
Now, before I close this post, I want to give you a few practical ideas that you can use to relax. I would like to encourage you to put on a pot of coffee or tea, light a candle, sit down on the sofa or a big arm chair and just lay your head back, while listening to some ocean music or instrumental worship (you can pull it up from YouTube if you don’t have any already)...and relax. Or how about this? Try taking a long drive or watching a good movie (or go to the movie theater alone).
Some other things that you can do are to just sit back and read a good book that you’ve been wanting to read, take a long and uninterrupted nap (get some good earplugs and an eye mask), schedule a pedicure, book a mini personal retreat and order room service and relax by the pool. Another thing you can do is schedule a massage. Sis, I've definitely gotta do this! It's already come up twice in this post. 😉
But I think you get my point. Just rest. And don’t feel guilty about it. Remember, God rested on the 7th day after all of His labors. This biblical truth is found in Genesis 2:2 stating, “On the seventh day God finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.” There you have it! What a great example!
Whether you are a single, married, working, stay-at-home mom, business woman, ministry leader, student, or volunteer, you can take a break from your labor. We all need a moment to cease from our work at times. Otherwise, if we don’t slow down, burnout is lurking around the corner. It’s either that or a meltdown (or blowout)!
So don’t do it to yourself, sis. Instead, find rest for your weary soul and body. Again, it’s perfectly normal to take a break in this season. Just rest, my sister. You'll be glad that you did.
Remember, Jesus is coming back soon! And those who endure unto the end shall be saved. So let’s be ready from the Inside Out!
QUESTION:Are you tired today, sis? Are you heavy-burdened or exhausted and need to find rest? Do you need prayer today? If so, write it out here or you can email me directly to join you in prayer on it @ email@example.com. I look forward to hearing from you and praying for you.
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