Feeling tired and exhausted?
Most of us work from sunup to sundown, pushing our bodies and minds to their limits. Speaking from experience, that lifestyle takes its toll. I’m sure you can relate. Let me just say…
It’s okay to rest. Really.
It hit me one day while observing my dogs. They’re constantly taking time to nap. It’s not because they’re bored. They have a zillion toys, each other, our family to interact with, and a large yard to run, watch squirrels and birds…
but they instinctively know when it’s time to rest and they listen to their bodies. Granted, they don’t have all the responsibilities we do, but there’s still wisdom to be learned by observing them.
Are we listening to our bodies?
Do we know when it’s time to rest?
Or are we running ourselves ragged?
Throughout the Bible, God encourages us to rest. He even shows us the importance of rest by resting on the seventh day after he created the world:
On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. — Genesis 2:2
When we neglect to rest our body and mind, our inner peace suffers, and our bodies wear down. We get quick-tempered, burnt out, anxious, stressed, our muscles ache, and the list goes on. God wants to help us take better care of ourselves, and there are many practical things we can do to achieve this, such as getting to bed on time, disconnecting from social media more often, walking in nature, playing with our pets.
But above all these wonderful things, God wants us to rest IN HIM, through prayer and by meditating on his Word.
Here 7 powerful Bible verses that have encouraged me to reorient my heart towards God, which inevitably helps me find balance in life and feel more rested. May God’s Word speak to your heart. Each verse is packed with spiritual wisdom for the weary soul.
1. Matthew 11:28-30
2. Psalm 46:10
3. Matthew 6:33
4. Mark 6:31
5. Exodus 33:14
6. Philippians 4:6-7
7. Isaiah 40:31
A devotional to help you slow down and find rest.
For more encouragement to find rest and balance in life, check out my book—Pawz and Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Inspiring Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers. Click here to order.
Leila Grandemange is an award-winning dog writer and the author of several charming books. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and the recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She writes to share comfort and joy and the loving care of our furry friends!
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