In the bible, Psalm 46:10, Genesis 2:2, Matthew 6:31, Isaiah 30:15 make a great case for why rest is best. So if the bible says it, I wanna do it! I’m no pro, but here are four steps I try to live it. This is not an exhaustive list (no pun intended, LOL!)
- Practice the Power of Saying No. Two books I highly recommend to learn this skill is “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend and “People Pleasing” by Lou Priolo.
- Set a bedtime timer. Your kids have you as their bedtime timer. But who has you as your bedtime timer? So make one! Set a timer to go off every night at your needed bedtime. At the sound of the alarm, turn off the TV, shut down the computer, power off the phone.” My “timer” is set for 10:30pm.
- Understand this: If God didn’t think you could get it done in a 24-hour day, He would have made longer days. It’s not that we don’t have time to rest. Sometimes, we just choose things God hasn’t scheduled and those things are occupying the time He would have had us rest. Pray for this understanding.
- Take advantage of quiet places: the bathroom, in your car, in a waiting room, in worship at church….these are “isolated” moments. Take advantage of them and use them to embrace the quiet and be at ease with your soul.
I hope this encourages someone today. And get some rest! 🙂