Just Relax

If you had the next several hours to do whatever made your heart the happiest and most restful it could possibly be, what would you do? Some of you, like me, would say that the epitome of relaxation is curling up on the couch with a cup of hot coffee in one hand and a good book in the other. For others, it could be picking up one of your favorite hobbies, such as baking for fun, scrapbooking, swimming, sketching, exercising, meandering around town, journaling, taking a bubble bath, going for a walk, or building something new!

Whatever you would choose to do, doesn’t the thought of having a couple of hours of uninterrupted restfulness sound perfect? Life gets busier with every passing year. Responsibilities appear, schedules get booked up, and any chance of relaxation basically flies out the window.

But there is beauty in rest. It’s essential for our physical health as well as for our spiritual growth. In fact, God shares this with us in the very first book of the Bible:

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing… Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” | Genesis 2:2-3

This seventh day was remembered as the “Sabbath,” which is derived from the verb “sabat,” meaning “to stop, to cease or to keep.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God…” | Exodus 20:8-10

The idea of taking a Sabbath is awkward for some of us. We know it’s one of those things that’s important, but it’s sort of confusing to understand. Joshua Gorenflo (another Christian blogger) has managed to explain what a Sabbath means in a really great way. He says:

“For Israel, and as it now stands, the Church, Sabbath is a distinguishing mark of what it means to be a people blessed in order to bless others. It is and always will be a choice to stop in the midst of the chaos and pain and suffering and heartache of our lives and enter into God’s loving embrace, to revel in his beauty, to play in his goodness.| Joshua Gorenflo (emphasis added)

Whether it’s a couple of hours one morning, or an entire day you’re lucky enough to have free – your Sabbath is a time that you spend resting in and enjoying God’s presence. It’s where you take whatever activity your heart most enjoys (or choose from the list we made earlier), and do it for the Lord. Not everyone’s Sabbath will be the same, but that’s okay! However you envision setting time aside to spend with God, do that!

I haven’t been very good at taking Sabbaths my entire life, but I feel that God is tugging at my heart to make it a priority in 2017. Will you join me in setting aside a specific time each week to just rest this year? 🙂 Please comment below with any additional ideas you may have, and let’s get to resting!

6 thoughts on “Just Relax

  1. Enjoyed reading this post, Jenny! Simple, yet thought-provoking! In today’s fast-paced society, taking a moment to rest is so difficult – taking hours or a whole day is unheard of! But you’re right – it’s necessary for our health & growth.

    I might be alone in this, but I like to clean & get organized before spending time in the Word. I declutter my brain as I declutter the apartment & it just helps me really relax during that time with the Lord without worrying about my to-do list. It helps me focus & enjoy my time with Him & it keeps me from rushing through my quiet time in order to tackle that list. I also really like to do crafty/artsy things because it helps me get just a tiny glimpse of the joy the Lord feels as He looks down at us, HIS creations! Anddddd it’s also pretty relaxing & fun to do haha I think sometimes, I feel guilty for “wasting time” doing things like that, but I also recognize that it puts my mind at ease & primes me for the sometimes heavy truths & convictions found in His Word.

    Thanks for reminding us of this! Excited to read others’ responses! 🙂

    1. Becky, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I understand completely – Because of the way life is these days, I tend to feel guilty about “wasting time” myself, but in reality, I’m just enjoying interests that God has placed on my heart! Haha, nothing wrong in that whatsoever! 🙂 Keep relaxing and enjoying your hobbies – God gave them to you!

  2. This is sooo important!!! I’ve been learning myself to just take a step back and relax in His presence and it’s truly the best thing ever… I’ve started taking an hour off every week to tune out everything else and reflect with Him on the things that I’ve been going through, and I must say… it’s a game changer 8)

    Keep doing what you guys do! I’m so inspired by this blog ❤

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Isn’t it wonderful just to relax and reflect on God’s goodness?? I’m so glad that you’ve been inspired – You have no idea how encouraging it is to hear that! 🙂

  3. Hi JennyKurr! (even though now it’s more like JennyVar) I was definitely encouraged by this post. When I was back in Texas, everyday after my parents came home from work we’d make some chai and take some time to talk about our day, current events or read through magazines (my favorite being CMML’s Missions magazine). I looked forward to that time because it was my break from homework and it was so refreshing for me. Going to school in Pennsylvania, I’m not quite able to do that with them but I loved it so much that I do it on my own. I’ll read the Missions magazine and make a nice cup of tea in my favorite mug. The best part and the most encouraging is seeing what God’s doing in other parts of the world and I think it’s so great to see especially during those uncertain times when we don’t quite see what God’s doing in our own lives. Love what God’s teaching you about the importance of rest because it’s been on my heart as well.

    1. Sweet Abby, it’s SO GOOD to hear from you!! I’m so happy that God’s been putting the idea of “resting” on your mind as well. It’s so hard to do in the fast-paced society that we live in, but oh so important! You and I relax the same way – With my favorite mug filled with coffee I LOVE to read as well! Keep relaxing and enjoying His presence, girly! I’d love to hear all about your Pennsylvania adventures sometime!! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.