Updated: May 11, 2019
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Mondays are (typically) my days devoted to rest. I don't go in to the office, and I do little to no work (as much as the kids will allow), and I allow myself an entire day of rest. Rest is important! I find when I am most vulnerable to temptation, most likely to be grumpy, bitter, resentful and whatever other words you can think of for this similar attitude, is when I have no rest. And so I sleep most of the day (if I am able), wear my PJs for the majority, and do things I enjoy, by myself and with my family, spending as much time with them as possible. It is a sacred thing!
Rest is a weapon we should use against our Enemy, it allows us to replenish and renew, focusing on God and filling our strength with Him and nourishment. We don't have to fill every ounce of free time, and, especially, we should take a day to completely focus on Him! Could you imagine what a day in His presence could do for you? What would it look like if you surrendered a Sabbath (so to speak) to Him, and rested in and with our Heavenly father? Take some time, rest, not because you have to, but because God, as a good Father, wants to spend time with His children. He's calling you to rest in Him!
From Hebrews 4:
4 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,
“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”
although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this passage he said,
“They shall not enter my rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.