6 Reasons I Love the Holidays: Focus on Rest

Rest. It’s a strong core value of mine, yet I sit here, with my head spinning on how not to do just that this morning. See, I had a babysitter lined up so I could do my thing – errands to run, blogs to write, books to be mailed out – but, I received a text this morning that my toddler’s babysitter cannot make it this morning due to sickness. As I’m mapping out how to do life with these changes, I hear the gentle whisper of Jesus, “Rest.”  But, as much as I preach it and usually live it, I find myself fighting against His call to rest this morning.

Many take a day off to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, whether it be on the actual Christmas Day or another, but it’s also important to weave rest into the busyness of the season. Take an afternoon to enjoy a movie with the kids. An hour to drive the town and look at Christmas lights with the family. A moment to put your feet up after baking or Christmas shopping all day. Quiet your physical body and your soul and rest, even for a few minutes.

“Come to Me, all of you who work and have heavy loads. I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NLV)

It’s a promise from Jesus, that if we come to Him, He will give us rest. This is a season centered on Jesus – even those who generally don’t give Him a second thought, often acknowledge that Christmas is a remembrance of His birth. So, as you center on Him, as you come to Him – find rest.

As we celebrate the next couple weeks – Christmas and then ringing in the New Year – let’s move forward being strengthened in our journey… strengthened because we found rest in Jesus this season.

“May you all continue the journey with your spirits strengthened by the grace of the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. [Amen]” Philippians 4:23 (The Voice)

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