While sleep is an important aspect of rest for us in the busyness of balancing work and home life, there is another aspect of rest we need to make room for in our calendars.
Resting in the moment with God.
Like our bodies, our souls were designed for rest. The kind of rest where we are setting aside our usual busyness to spend time listening, praying and being with Him. Purposefully showing God He is our first priority for a period of time.
When we make space for this kind of rest, rest for our souls, we can be deterred by the amount of time we think we need to put aside for rest.
If you have never rested like this before, where can you begin? How long is enough? Here are our tips for moments of rest most of us can make space for in our schedule.
Where can you fit rest in at work?
Restful Moments At Any Time You Choose:
Now that you have some tools to help you set some moments aside every day to rest in God, what else can we do to purposefully seek this rest for our souls? This rest we were designed for?
Sabbath: (traditionally, sundown the night before to sundown the following night or a full day off from work.)
In Genesis 2: 2-3 God models for us that it is good to not work for a period of time:
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done. (NIV)
It is good to take a longer break from our day to day, and not keep working, just as our Creator modeled for us. Your Sabbath may not fall on the weekend, depending on your work or family obligations. Purposefully blocking a period of time to rest, as He asks us to, releases us to rest deeply, and return to work feeling refreshed.
Retreats: also known as â€œspas for the soul.â€
Once you have been able to put moments aside throughout your day, week, and month, you may be ready for a longer rest period. This could be a weekend where you get away on your own, or with a group of friends, and unwind from your usual routine in a different setting. The most important part about a retreat is the time you spend resting in the moment with God.
Do whatever you find restful, for as long as you can.
The more you fit in resting in Him, the more restful you will be.
Make some space for rest. Just as sleep rests your body, purposefully seeking Him helps rest you from the inside out.
Guest Writer & Christian Women at Work social media staff.