Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls] (Matthew 11:28).
Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things. Jesus invited us to come to Him if we are overburdened. He promised to refresh us if we are weary, worn out, or overworked. Take time to go to Jesus anytime you feel that you are going over the edge of peace and into the pit of stress. Let His presence refill and refresh you.
If you are feeling compelled to do so much that you are physically worn out, you may be driven instead of led. Remember, you have to get away from everything before you come apart physically, mentally, and emotionally. Give yourself time to get a good night’s sleep.
It is tempting to do everything that everybody else is doing, be involved in everything, know everything, hear everything, and be everywhere, but it isn’t God’s best for you. Be willing to separate yourself from compulsive activity before you come apart at the seams! Spend time with God, and ask Him to give order to your day. Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you (Psalm 116:7).
We all need a break in the action from time to time. Resting isn’t just a good idea-it is a command of God.
I Declare: Lord, at the time my mind, body, and spirit feels tired and worn down help me find a rhythm that allows me to enjoy time to rest in your presence. Remove distractions from my view and give me the ability to fix my eyes on you!
Ignite Thought: Rest is not just a good idea, it is a God idea and and command.