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BIBLE TEXT: Exodus 34:21: “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: John and I have been married for almost 16 years and just got back from our very first “real” vacation. Yes, we have taken 3-day weekends, etc. but have never experienced a full blown, do nothing for an entire week VACATION until recently. The few weeks building up to our week on the beach were grueling. I honestly felt like I was going to explode with frustration, anger, and fatigue…both emotionally and physically. That week on the beach was so refreshing! There were no co-workers to deal with, school projects to turn in, cupcakes to bake, life groups to organize, groceries to buy, houses to clean…you get the picture. It was just me and the ocean waves to recoup from all that the world has drained from me up to that point.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: God understands that we can get so caught up in our daily grind that we need time to recover from all that drains us of our energy, compassion for others, and our desire to be a part of anything. God wants us to be involved in His will and do good things to advance His kingdom. He is so aware of this need in us that He set aside one day a week for us to focus on Him and rest in His arms for the day. We need this time to nurture our minds, bodies, and emotions back to health and get us ready for the days ahead. It keeps us from going into “burn out” mode and ultimately throwing our hands up and quitting (which I was doing…before vacation).
PRAYER: Father, thank You for thinking of me and my need for restoration. Thank You for giving me time each week to nourish my soul and recover from all that the world throws at me throughout my week. I need this time rest in You so I can start again with a freshness and renewed desire to do Your will. Please help keep me on the path and push me to accept this time You have allotted me instead of pushing through it as if I won’t fizzle without it. I love You Lord, and want to be my best for You.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
By the grace of God, John and Amy Wagner live in Mt. Juliet and have been married 14 years with three children (Andrew, Brianna, and Alex). They have attended Life Assembly since 2005 and serve the church within the children and adult ministries. Amy is currently a Veterinary Technician but also working full time toward a degree in psychology for professional counseling with a focus on children and teens of domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”– Romans 8:28