keep the Sabbath day holy

I never have enough time.  Can you relate?

Currently I have 88 unread emails.  My house is filthy and our small group will be arriving in T-minus 30 minutes.  All 3 laundry baskets are overflowing.  I am hearing the constant attack of my never-ending to do list rattling around in my head.  My body is saying slow down, but my mind is saying you don’t have the time.

Lately I have been in this constant limbo of sorts.  Too much to do and not enough time.  So, I get up before the sun and stay up well past Jimmy Fallon has said goodnight.  And, yet, I still can’t get caught up.

My body is starting to shut down and I’m feeling the desire — the need — to hit the pause button.

Exodus 20:8-10a — Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.

If you were to stop me on the street and ask if I have a day of rest, I would say “sure.”  But, if I’m going to be honest, I need to stop and ask myself two questions:

  1. How does your soul find rest and refreshment?
  2. What do you need to do to make it happen?

For me, I find rest by stepping away from my phone.  I can be consumed by checking Facebook and Instagram.  The notifications on my phone for sales in our ETCH shop and people liking something I posted to social media can consume my thoughts and distract me from the life that surrounds me.

It is good for me to step away for a day, but if I’m really going to get to the bottom of it, I need rest every day.  My soul needs refreshed so that I’m not just surviving, but living.

If God can create the world in six days and then rest, surely I can take 15 minutes every day and go for a walk while my phone stays at home.  To refresh…and energize…and let God have control.

This song came to mind as I was feeling empty and broken.

Hungry I come to You
For I know You satisfy
I am empty
But I know Your love does not run dry
And I wait
So I wait for You

I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus You’re all this heart is living for

Broken I run to You
For Your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know Your touch restores my life
So I wait for You

How will you find rest?  How will you allow God to restore your life and satisfy your weary soul?  Share with us in the comments below.

Chasing Him,


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