Thursday, December 30, 2010

Rest

Mmmm, rest. Just the word brings a form of peace in me. This past year Brad and I have really tried to make time a couple days a month to rest. We leave the house in order to get away from the noise and responsibilities of the home for an hour or two. It is on the calendar. We encourage each other to follow through with this time. Yet somehow I still don't feel rested.

Sunday, at church the sermon looked at Ephesians 5:15-20
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 He focused on the second part of verse 18,
Instead, be filled with the Spirit
The part of this that stood out to me most was that this is a continual process. We need to continually ask God to be filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are saved the Spirit is with us, we don't lose our salvation or the Spirit but we need to be recharged. The example given was that of a cell phone battery. Your cell phone has a battery. When the power is drained you do not have to replace it but it does have to be recharged. That charge will not hold for years or even weeks, only days. We need to be recharged by the Holy Spirit continually in the same way.

Leaving the house and taking a break form the children and household responsibilities will only take me so far. I can only find true rest in Him. I was reminded again this morning as a homeschooling mom I need to set aside time to rest. Heather from Oh My Stinkin Heck has a super blog. She guest posts about homeschooling on The Pioneer Woman and today she had a great post about rest. Here is an excerpt

In all the discussion about curriculum, planning, organization, teaching and learning there is one very important post that has yet to be made–a post about the importance of rest.
For many of us homeschooling is part of a greater balancing act. We juggle the job of educating our children with additional responsibilities; caring for a family and home, nurturing our relationship with our spouse or significant other, participating in community or church activities, working full or part-time in or away from home, not to mention carving out time to indulge in our personal hobbies or interests.
We are, in a word, busy.
You can read the rest on The Pioneer Woman. I pray that 2011 will be filled with rest for both you and me. Go take a moment to add it to your calendar, leave a sticky note somewhere or tie a string around your finger. However you will remember take the time to find rest.

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.

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