“Close to one-third of adults (31%) always turn to coffee or caffeinated beverages as their way to make up for lost sleep,” The Better Sleep Council says, based on their statistical findings. I know all too well the exhaustion that comes from simply taking care of kids. You trudge wearily those last few steps before climbing into bed, and lay down, your mattress, sheets, and pillow hugging you. Oh, sweet, but weary relief! I haven’t had the gift of a full uninterrupted night’s sleep since January 2015. (Y’all pray for Little Miss to start sleeping through the night, ok?)
While I was recovering from adrenal fatigue, God gave me a wise mandate: daily rest is a priority. His words have echoed in my head recently, and He has been reminding me to be diligent to obey Him concerning His leading for Sabbath rest from years ago. As hectic as life can be sometimes, it seems as if one has to toil simply to keep rest included in the daily routine.
Whatever our roles or responsibilities, we are not helpful to those around us if we don’t first take care of ourselves, spiritual health included. *Today I’m talking about “taking 5” to rejuvenate heart and body.
Take 5 Rejuvenation
When you feel tired, worried, stressed, or empty from serving those around you all day (all the mama’s are nodding their understanding), I’m inviting you to join me in a proactive strategy. Take the 5 verses below on rest, and take 5 minutes to sit down (lay down if you can) to declare these promises over your soul. Breathe in His peace and refreshing life. Repeat this strategy multiple times a day if necessary. The enemy doesn’t need an inch. Let these 5 scriptures producing rest pad your spiritual haven.
The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace. Psalm 29:11 NLT
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:18 ESV
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:29 ESV
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 ESV
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 ESV
Join me in a Take Five Rejuvenation strategy for rest. [TWEET THIS]
How else can we find rejuvenation when we need rest? Tell us in the comments.
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