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Slow Down

READ: Genesis 2:1-3

God . . . rested on the
seventh day from all His work which He had done. —Genesis 2:2

We live in an action-oriented
world, and it seems that simplifying our lives has never been more complicated!
Doesn’t it seem that there’s always work to do and no time for rest? Answer the
following questions as honestly as you can to determine if you need to rest: Do
I feel stressed when functioning in my normal day-to-day activities? Is it
difficult to find joy? Do I get the kind of rest my body needs? Do I wake up

In creation, God
established a pattern of work and rest, which is a model for believers. For 6
days God worked to bring order to our world. But on the seventh day, after He
had finished all His creative activity, He rested. God demonstrated that rest
is appropriate and right.

Jesus showed us the
importance of rest when He sat wearily beside a well after a long walk (John
4:6) and when He slept in the back of a boat with His head on a pillow (Mark
4:38). He also rested when He and His disciples got away from the crowds (Mark

If the Lord rested from the
work of creation and from His earthly ministry, we need to rest from our work
as well. Our times of rest refresh us for times of service. Schedule some “slow
down” time this week. —Marvin

If our body, soul, and spirit
Are to function at their best,
Time is needed for renewal—
Time for leisure, time for rest.  —D. De Haan

All work and no play will
take the joy of life away.

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