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  • Melinda K. Bowens

Keeping It Simple: Rest

I won’t keep you long today! And I truly mean that, not in the Baptist preacher way where he keeps you the same amount of time, but with false hope! Today’s focus is all about rest and why we need it.

Throughout this week, there have been several topics that you may have revisited or pondered for the first time. Either way, that makes me excited! But today, I want you to pull back from it all and just “be.” I don’t want you to play catch up if you missed a post or two (a review will come later). I want you to take this time and make it a Sabbath (a day of rest).


I have mentioned before that sometimes our brains are like computers with 87,451 tabs open in one browser. But instead of closing some of the tabs, I want us to shut the entire computer down (dramatic gasp). Why is that?! Great question!

According to Nerds on Call

(they chose this name), powering down computers is the most efficient energy option. Because even in “sleep mode,” there is still an energy drain to the system. So, to head off potential issues, a complete shut down in necessary.

I think the tech people are on to something we can really learn from here!

Just trying to push something out of our minds won’t give us the refresher we need. And contemplating our to-do list until tomorrow is also not the move. Both of these options still leave us with a slow draining of our peace. In order for us to have the energy and clarity needed for the long term, we must shut it down sometimes in the short term.

Shut down. Rest up.


Helpful Verses:

On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.

Genesis 2:2 NLT

He blessed the seventh day and set it apart as a special day, because by that day he had completed his creation and stopped working.

Genesis 2:3 GNT

For the person who has entered His rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from His.

Hebrews 4:10 HCSB

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