Scripture Sunday: Take Today (And Every Sunday) To Rest

In a past bible study, our group talked about Sabbath and how important it is to take Sundays off. This is to be the day of God, rest, family, and friends.

But is that what we do? Do we take this day for God and our people? Or is it our only day off and so we squeeze everything into this day?

For most of us, we prepare for the next week on Sundays. We meal prep, schedule our life, and clean the house. We take kids to this sport, that sport, birthday parties, and play dates. We work and run errands.

Sunday has become the busiest day of the week and not the rest day that He wants for us.

Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. 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 ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.

Deuteronomy 5:12-14

I work a 4 days on/2 days off schedule, so work on Sundays is a part of my life.

But a couple of weeks ago, I really prayed on this. I asked God to show me a way to not work on Sundays, to rest, to have time for my people, and Him.

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Work was very slow for one of my working weekends, I literally did not have any work come into my bin. So that Sunday was freed up for what He wanted me to be doing, resting.

Last weekend was a scheduled weekend off for me, so more rest on Sunday. (And if you saw my Facebook/Instagram post, I completely unlpugged last Sunday, for the whole day. No phone. It was great.)

And now this Sunday is an editing holiday for me. What should have been my “Day 1” is now a day off.

Now, I’m not saying every Sunday I won’t work. And this last Sunday I did spend about 30 minutes at the end of my day thinking, and planning for the next week. But I also rested and stayed 100% present in the day.

I went to church. I cuddled kiddos. I spent time talking with my BFF. And you should find a way to do this, too.

So for this Easter Sunday, do what you can to slow down. Pray extra and rest. Praise God and go to church. After all, it’s Easter and you never know what miracles may come of it.

If you’re reading this, I want to pray for you.

Dear God, Thank You for Your word. All we have to do is read the bible to see all that You have for us. Thank You for giving us a day of rest and urging us to take it. Thank You for giving us a day for You, us, and our family and friends. We are so thankful for You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Happy Easter Sunday friends=)

Do These Three Things More To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

Listen, we all indulge around the holidays. What else are they meant for?

Just kidding. Jesus is the reason for the season. And friends and family are the back bone of life. But the food, festivities, and holiday activities are amazing and we want to celebrate them and enjoy them!
There are things you can do to be the healthiest you can be, even with constant parties, food everywhere, sweets at every turn, and decadent and delicious holiday dinners.
Do these three things more to stay on track and keep a healthy base this holiday season.

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It’s been a while since I shouted from the rooftops about drinking enough water. But seriously, drink enough water! I have a 32-ounce water bottle that I fill and strive to drink at least two of a day. It is NOT a failure if I miss a bottle’s worth or drink barely any in a day. But it is a fail if I ‘give up’ at drinking water because I didn’t hit my goals.
Goals are important but remember, staying positive and always striving for your best is better than perfection. (Perfection is not real and you will only let yourself down. Just be as consistent as possible.)

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There is nothing healthier on this earth than vegetables. Every diet needs vegetables in it and the more, the better. Plus they are full of water and if you didn’t get it from my first paragraph, we all need more water!

Rest More

It is so important to rest in this life. This means as much sleep as you can get each night (I advise as I am up working late, LOL.) Also, if you need a minute to step away and take a deep breath, take it. Need a walk around the block, do it.
Don’t give up! One mistep is not a fail. An extra indulgent meal (or a few of them plus dessert,) do not make you instantly unhealthy and it’s ok to have grace with yourself. In fact, you must! Just do the best you can to make the most healthy decisions each day, and never stop striving for wellness! Happy Holiday season!

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 3

So, I have to be honest. This weeks bible study didn’t effect me as much as the last two. This isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it or learn from it, it just didn’t touch me the way the other lectures did. And I liked this.

What? Why would I like it? Well, with less to “resonate” with, I felt as if it made me think more. And this is what I thought.

The focus of the week was about miracles, the idea of Exodus 16:22:

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The main point is that we have to trust God for the things that we need. You must try and give effort but at the point where it’s time to stop, rest and reflect, you must do that.

When God gave us sabboth, it was to teach us to stop and learn to “resist the urge to continue.” In the flesh, we must never stop. It’s go, go, go, work more, attend more events, social media more, read more. It never ends. In the spirit, no. We should rest, relax, be quiet, be content, and let go.

So, we need to trust Him. If we take Sunday to praise Him, to sit and listen for Him, and to rest as He has told us to, that means we have to resist the urge to produce. We have to trust that what He has allowed us to “do, gather, produce, create, and take care of what we “needed to,” throughout the majority of the week, and we need not think on or do on sabboth.

This does apply to me, in part, because I have to stop myself from working, especially on pexels-photo-267559Sundays. There are lots of sports on during the day on Sundays and my husband and I will often watch. Well, he watches and sits on the laptop, and since I don’t really care about most sports, I work.

But I have begun to be thoughtful about it. And if I am working, it’s to do these blog posts.  I’m praying more, getting into the word more, and in this case, writing more. I think my writing and reflection would be acceptable for sabboth. I mean after all, what does God want more than us to share His word and spread His love?

Do you think I’m just disillusioning myself and giving myself an “out” for sabboth so that I can still work? Maybe so, but I think if I asked Him, he would tell me He’s glad I’m moving into the word, sharing it and spending more time with Him=)

Happy Sunday friends and have a blessed week=)

Scripture Sunday: Bible Study Week 2

Good morning friends, and Happy Sunday=)

This week was the second week of bible study and it was just as good as the first. (Click here to read the first weeks post.) This week’s big idea was about saying “no.” You need to stop, pause, and cease and sometimes, say “no.”

The talk was good but it was the after talk that really got me this week. My bible babe, Cindee, said something that really struck a cord with me. And it changed my whole week for the better.

She asked us all to think about how we know when it’s time to stop something. Now, I’m one to join in, talk, and discuss my feelings or ideas, but I wasn’t sure what she was getting at when she said this.

So as she went on, I was curious to know what she was referring to and how she knew to stop. And let me tell you something. These words were right from God, through Cindee’s mouth, and into my ears. I’m talking a game changer. And this is what she said.

She said, “You know you’ve overdone it when you feel these three things.”

  1. frustration
  2. anger
  3. depression

She said that when you snap at someone else, you know you’ve overdone it. When you snap at yourself and when you’re quick to feel agitated, annoyed or upset, you’ve done too much. These feelings signify that you’ve overdone it, and that you’re not resting enough. Who else can relate?

I know when she said these words I felt like, yup, I can see that. I spent the rest of the day really thinking on her words, what they meant to me and how they related to me. It was a good time of reflection and it didn’t take long for my actions to kick in because Wednesday was really good to me.

But before I get into that, there was something else, too. This was the second part of what I needed to really feel things (thoughts and actions) turn around. She said that we have got to live in the spiritual, and not the natural. This means taking control of our emotions and thoughts, speaking and acting with love and calm, and remembering what God wants us to do each day. That being, to be happy and spread love.

She said that when you are upset, snapping, annoyed or anything negative, that that’s not God in you, but the devil, trying to work his way in and ruin your day. And you know what? I’ve heard this so many times, but last Tuesday morning, when she said that, it stuck. I got it as if I’d heard it for the first time. And it was a great message for me to hear.

The next day, on Wednesday, I remembered waking up, and just feeling good. I felt better than I had in a long time. My marriage had a good day and night. I felt extra positive and ready for the day. And I carried that feeling with me all week.

I reminded myself that God wants us to be happy. I pushed any thought that wasn’t positive, inspiring or happy out of my head. I reminded myself to live in the spiritual and not the natural. Talk about freeing.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m cured of sadness. I’m not saying that negative things haven’t happened this week. But regardless of those things, this new way of thinking and being feels good. And I look forward to holding onto that and reminding myself of it so I can live my happiest and best life.

I hope this touched you in as amazing a way as it touched me. It felt really great and I’m so thankful for Cindee, and all the other amazing women from bible study. I can’t wait to see what else I get out of this study and share it with you.

I wish you all a very Happy Sunday, and until then, stay blessed=)