A week and a half ago, I felt the Lord whisper to me, “Set aside this next week for Me.” As He and I conversed about this, it wasn’t a full fast and week away from life that the Lord was calling me to, but a setting aside of a few things that are usually a huge part of my life.
My husband and I had already committed to a more strict eating plan for the week since we were actually not going to be traveling that week. Then, I felt like the Lord told me to, “Quit the scrolling” for a few days. This meant, no scrolling through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And I also felt I was to take a break from writing for Whimsy in My Cup for the week. A bit of a rest from my normal cyber world.
Even with these omissions from the week, it certainly wasn’t restful in the physical sense of the word. Our kids were out of school for a couple days, but one traveled to State basketball every day for three days. Which meant driving her the 15 minute drive to and from school a couple times a day at unknown hours – all dependent on how the team played and how slow the bus drove. 🙂 We put on a weekend teaching module which required much prep and a couple sessions of teaching from me.
No, this week of setting aside things didn’t mean a quiet and restful week but it meant being more intentional with my ‘freetime’ being focused on Him. And it resulted in a rest in my spirit and my soul.
Funny thing was, when He spoke to me so many days ago, I didn’t connect that, with the scheduled module, I would actually be teaching on rest last weekend. (I’m a little dense sometimes) A lifestyle of rest is really important to me, yet over the last few months my insides have been anything but restful. I’ve told my husband and several others over the last months that, I feel restless in my soul. And, after several months of this, the Lord was about to bring rest for my soul. And it took me a whole week to put all the dots together. He was really speaking and doing something powerful.
Next Friday, I’m going to be getting a little more practical on why a lifestyle of rest is so important for us to embrace. I hope you will join me for part two of my thoughts on rest!