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Does Your Weary Heart Need to Find Safe Harbor?

safeharborThis past week, I came crashing into Thursday morning. Ever have one of those days/weeks/years? We’d experienced a few days of inflexibility, stress, and angst. There were a lot of extra appointments and assessments going on for one of my children, and the red flag of “I’ve had enough, Mom!” was going up.

And it’s not that I didn’t see it.

It’s that I didn’t want to. It was inconvenient. I was tired of setting things down for it. I was weary of red flags popping up everywhere, even though they are God-given safety measures I am truly thankful for most days.

As it turns out, when I failed to step up to the plate, my child knew what he needed without me.

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“And on the Seventh Day He Rested…”

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Espressos of Faith observes Sabbath rest. Here’s why:

Rest was built into our week, and day, by a loving Father and Creator Who knew our needs and that we could not go nonstop without melting down. He knew we had a tendency to be workaholics, obsess, think everything that has to be done can somehow fully be managed by us if we pretend each day and week has more hours in it.

Obviously, someone’s “seventh day” may not always be the same as someone else’s. Emergency personnel, law officers, and pastors (among other professions) have to work on Sundays. So do parents! But, if you’re not taking your “seventh day” somewhere in your week, you are missing the holiness and blessing of the day of rest. I have found it to be true that when I rest, I am better able to focus on the days when there is plenty of work to be done. In the middle of all the stress that piles up by Day 6, Sabbath rest resets me for the non-Sabbath days.

God took a day of rest. He set the precedent. Do we need any more justification or legitimacy than that?

Genesis 2:2-3, Moses narrating

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in General Website Posts

 

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