Make Rest a Priority

In Matthew 11:20-12:21, we learn Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and he wants to offer rest for our weary souls.  All we need to do is follow Jesus.

Rest is often undervalued in our society.  There is so much to do at work, at school, and our options for entertainment are phenomenal.  Granted entertainment is fun, but it can also prevent us from getting the rest we need.

Jesus offers us spiritual rest.  We can trust in his acceptance and forgiveness.  He invites us to destress our souls and spend quite time with him in worship, prayer and meditation.  He wants to help us overcome our anxieties and our fears.

We know rest is important and we know the consequences of not getting enough rest.

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of disease
  • Decreased ability to function
  • Decreased ability to focus
  • Anxiety
  • Increased aggression

Make rest a priority in your life and you will notice the difference.

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Into the Woods

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I go into the woods alone, to sit in silence and listen.  I hear birds singing, bugs chirping, and the wind rustling the leaves.  I can smell the freshness in the air.  The longer I sit the more at peace I feel.  I am becoming one with the nature around me.  I feel a longing to connect with the animals that hide or scurry about.  I close my eyes, and let all the stress leave my body.  All feels right with the world.  Eventually, I must leave the woods.  However, that peace stays with me until I go into the woods again.

 

Prayer vs Meditation

A prayer invokes the power of an outside force and it can be offered to a supreme being or to the universe in general.  The person praying may be asking for something or expressing concern or may just be trying to communicate with a higher power.

 

Meditation involves focusing on one thing, such as breathing, a mantra, sounds, or anything else that the person desires.  In meditation the goal is to silent the mind and relax the body.  There is no attempt to communicate with an outside power.

 

Both Prayer and meditation have benefits.  They can relax the body and promote a feeling of calmness.  In today’s hectic world this could have a positive impact on your life.