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05/24/2011 / Kaitlin Zhang

God Wants You To Rest

America has a sleep deficit that is worse than the national budget deficit. – Times

This results in everything from increased irritability to fatal car accidents.

I know you know all the benefits of good sleeping habits but did you know…

Sleep is a gift from God.

“It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.”

“I will both lie down and sleep in peace;

for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”

“I lie down and sleep;

I wake again, for the Lord sustains me.”

Sleep is an act of trust.

The world is still spinning when you go to sleep.  The world will be okay even when you are not in control of things.

Just sleep on it.

It is hard to make the right decision when you are lacking rest.  That’s why you should sleep on it, so you will have a clearer mind in the next day and not be rushed into making the wrong choice.

Before Elijah was to spend a prolonged time in solitude and prayer at Mount Horeb, the angel of the Lord had him take not one, but two long naps.  Contrast this with the disciples at Gethsemane, who could not pray because they kept falling asleep.

Jesus Rested.

Jesus wasn’t the Energizer Bunny.   Jesus knew when he needed to rest.  He often retreated away from his disciples, from the crowds of people and went away to be alone and pray.  He rested and spent time with his Father.

The disciples told Jesus about their successful time of ministry in the towns of Galilee.  But because many people were coming and going they did not have a chance to eat.
Jesus said to the disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” (Mark 6:31)

There are many ways to rest in addition to sleep:

  • Meditation/Prayer
  • Take a walk
  • Slow down
  • Take some time away from work
  • Do some light exercise like yoga
  • Do some breathing exercise
  • Listen to music and do nothing else
  • Take a bath / go to the spa
  • Think happy thoughts
  • Rest one day a week
Do you have any other ideas?  Please share your favourite way to rest your spirit and relax.
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  1. Carol Ann Hoel / May 24 2011 3:11 pm

    Great post. Sleep is necessary if we are to remain healthy and happy. Blessings to you…

    • K Zhang / May 24 2011 3:15 pm

      Thank you for your encouraging comment! : ) Also sleep gives your better skin. And resting puts you in a much better mood!

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