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Three ways to find rest when life is just too busy

My husband’s work calendar sometimes has 3 items scheduled for the same time. One is an actual appointment; another is some desk time that he’ll need to reschedule; while the third is an important reminder about that particular day. Obviously he can’t be in three places at once, but his schedule wanted him to do just that!

Do you ever feel like that, leaving you in a place longing for rest and refreshment? What can you do?

Seek authentic rest

The world offers us a million different ways to rest, but delivers fleeting results. Some of them are not bad things, and can be a great change of pace. But our hearts are most at rest when we have spent time with God. Psalm 19:7a NASB tells us, “The Law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul.” Find the time during the day to spend time with God. It does not have to be a “perfect” time, with just the right devotional or prayer journal or whatever makes up your idea of what quiet time should look like. Spending time in prayer and reading the Bible will always be worth your time, and will renew your heart in strength and peace.

Trust God to provide you rest

Maybe you are thinking, “That’s nice for you. I can’t give up even one thing. I am always busy. How can I get all this done and still find rest?” 

In Matthew 11:28 NASB, Jesus tells us, “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

We are often picking up our own burdens, making plans without an idea of what God wants us to do. Have you spent time praying about it? It doesn’t mean you’ll be doing less or more; but it makes you more likely to be pursuing the goals and tasks that God has for you. Don’t make it your goal to please productivity experts; strive to please God. He will provide the rest for you.

Be humble

This may seem like a strange way to find rest. But sometimes we are too proud to admit that we can’t do it all on our own. We don’t want to fail, so we just keep going. But there are often avenues for help – a friend or family member who would be happy to lend a hand. Proverbs 16:18 ESV says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Don’t let your pride get in the way of asking for help, or saying no to something, or deciding that it’s not the season in your life for this commitment anymore.

What are ways that you have discovered to find rest? Respond in the comments below

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