Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. Exodus 20:8-10
I've learned over the past few weeks as season starts to kick its way into high gear, that I am very much an introvert. Being around people in 7 shifts in 5 days during the week starts to get very overwhelming for me. I started getting cranky and sleepy and found myself just being annoyed by every human contact in general. Learning that, yes I love people. I love being around people and spending time with others, but especially during these busy months it's important to learn that we all need to pause and give a break to ourselves. Everyone needs a moment to collect themselves. To rest. To recover from the very long week.
We all get so caught up in having busy lives or multiple jobs that we forget that yes life can be great in the business of life, but in order to be our best selves it's important to relax. So when your busy schedule is pulling you all which ways these holiday's, remember to set aside one day in your week to just relax. To spend some alone time with yourself and God. To read, write, sleep, binge watch those episodes you've been missing, and to do those unwinding things your body and mind needs.
It is SO needed that the Bible encourages rest so many times!
Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." Mark 2:27
I recently bought three different Christian books to start reading. One of them being The Story. Which is The Bible paraphrased into 31 chapters. It's to be read like a novel. I have never heard of something like this. I am only on Chapter 2, but what a good way to rest. Reading the stories of God and His people. Next time Sunday (or the end of your work week) rolls around turn on some worship music, throw your hands in the air, and rest in His arms. Read the comforting words of God. Share these special moments with your loved ones or simply be alone in His presence. It is so important to gather the rest you need to start up the busy week once again.
Enjoy the Christmas season. Give a lot, but don't forget to give to yourself, too! <3