struggles

Today we finished our series on reclaiming core values, inspired by the book #Struggles by Craig Groeschel.  Read more about the book here.

Today REST is our focus.  How do we replenish rest in our lives?  Craig shares an excellent quote attributed to St. Augustine: “Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.”  Why do we struggle finding rest?  Maybe because we haven’t learned to rest in Him. Putting God first and trusting in Him are two big steps to help us rest.

Technology can rob us of our rest, especially our phones. Checking them constantly, especially first thing in the morning, having to be the first to know things and share things…it might mean we need to take a phone fast.  Yep, like a food fast.

Learning to be still and embrace Matthew 11:28-29 (below) is critical; even if it’s just 5 minutes a day.  I think 5 minutes to be silent and 5 more minutes to be silent and focused on God is really valuable. It helps us clear our minds and hear the ‘still, small voice’ of God.

Honestly, if we can’t take 5 minutes a day to unplug and listen to God, what kind of message are we sending to Him?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Our Word of the Day is edify, which is a verb meaning to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge. Synonyms are to uplift and enlighten.

Thanks for listening!

-Joe

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