Lazy Days Of Summer

I hope you’ve had a good summer! It seems like it has gone by so quickly.
I purposely have not been on social media or done any writing or blogging.

I needed a break…desperately!

My family and I have had so much going on the past three years. Me going through cancer, my husband having quintuple-by-pass heart surgery, both our adult kids had “stuff” thrown at them (which affected momma and dad).
Then this past June the church that we had pastored for almost 16 years, we stopped doing our weekend service. It was a hard decision, but we knew it was time. The Lord had confirmed it in many ways. So as sad and hard as it was, we had peace that it was the Lord’s timing.
In these past three years, we just keep going and going and going. Never really stopping to truly rest. Sure we had a “break” here and there, but it wasn’t realrest.
And as much as I appreciate the positive aspects of technology— social media, the internet and email by connecting us, there is also the negative! To much becomes overload!
It was time for a break. So this past summer, we have done just that. We’ve rested from the noise and the hustle, bustle of the “have to do’s”.
I don’t know about you, but when I get overloaded, that’s it—I need rest.
Rest started way back in Genesis where God, the creator of all things, took a break!

Genesis 2:2 says,  “He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.”

Rest was so important to the Lord that He has it as the fourth commandment.

Exodus 20:8-11 “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. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 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.”  The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “day of rest.”

God was reminding the Israelites that it was important to rest, to have a holy day to remember God.
Although we are no longer under the law, it is still good for us to keep a sabbath rest. We need it for our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
We are so busy. We think the world will stop if we don’t do the whateverwe think we need to do!
Taking time to rest and setting boundaries in our lives is the only way to ensure we stay healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Jesus Himself took time to rest and set boundaries around his time. One of my favorite stories is in Mark 4:35-40.

That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”  I get this picture of Jesus going back to his spot, laying down and falling fast asleep while the disciples look on with bewilderment on their faces wondering what just happened!

What I love about this passage is — Jesus sees that there is work to be done. He sees the crowd. He knows people need to be healed, demons need to be cast out, and lessons need to be taught. But He still tells His disciples to get in the boat, and once there, He falls asleep. Yes, the needs of the people are urgent, and their requests (or cries) for healing must have been compelling, but Jesus knows that He needs to stop and rest.
If even Jesus needs to stop and rest in the midst of a chaotic world, with all of the important things He has to do, don’t you think we need rest, too?
There are other examples in scripture where we see Jesus goes away from the crowds to rest, to pray.
He doesn’t rush around to fix everything for everyone. He could have — He is God, after all. But He is also a human being who needs to spend time alone with God.
We too must add into our lives what is important to the well-being of our souls.
So that is what I have been doing this summer. Doing a little bit of soul-care! I desperately needed it.
If you are in need of rest, I hope that you too will take the time to rest.
I promise the world will still carry-on! Instagram won’t crash because you haven’t uploaded the latest photo and Facebook will carry on without a recent post from you.
I feel like I am ready for a new season to begin. I’m looking forward to what God has in store next!
I am so thankful and grateful for this time of rest.
You will see me posting a bit more and writing more. You can find me on Instagram @gratefuloneministries.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Living grateful,