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Month: July, 2018

Sabbath Rest

by Rob Dunne

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[B]ut in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. Leviticus 25:4

When I was in high school, relatives from Ireland came to visit us. They spent a week with us, a week with my aunt and a week with my uncle. Then they enjoyed several weeks of sightseeing. All in all, they were on vacation for a whopping six weeks! Now that is what I call a vacation!

Here in the United States, we have forgotten the importance of downtime. Rather than taking weeks off for vacation, we take one week or a few days. Making matters worse, we bring work with us. That drive is not healthy for the body, mind or soul.

God understands the importance of rest.

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The Best Rest

by Robin Puchala

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“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Vacations loom large as colorful sunsets fire up our evenings and warm, inviting sunshine bathes us during the days. (Ahh, breathe a deep sigh of relief).

When I was a little girl, my family rented a cottage a block or two from the beach in early August. All summer I waited with great anticipation to smell the salty sea air, run and squish my toes in the soft, wave-beaten sand, and swim, splash, or body surf in the waves. It was my time of rest and refreshment.

In Matthew 11:28 (TPT) it says, “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.”

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Buy the Book. Eat the cookie. Buy the shoes.

by juste buzas

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I was browsing through the cookbook section at my local library’s used book sale when a title caught my eye.  A cookie book.

I pulled it from the shelf.  Instead of a baking book however, it was Joyce Meyer’s book, Eat the Cookie…Buy the Shoes.  I smiled at the misplacement of the book, thinking that a more fitting title for the book’s misfiling could be “Bake the Cookie…Eat it…then, Buy the Shoes.”  I chuckled and turned to find the book’s proper section.

Mid-turn, the Lord spoke to me.  He said, “This isn’t an accident.  Buy the book.” Read the rest of this entry »

3 Steps to Scheduling a Soul-cation

by Dawn Aldrich

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I anticipate summer all year, yearning for sunny days and warm temps when I can throw off my jacket, fling off my shoes and plant my feet on the cool green grass of my back yard, or bury them under the hot sand of the seashore. or swing them off the side of shade-covered hammock.

Summer’s when I reacquaint myself with nature, close up; when I dig in the rich soil of my vegetable garden and smell the sweet scents of the phlox growing by my back deck. It’s when my work seems more like play and the daylight hours linger long enough to make me tired. A good tired. A tired that says, “That was a good days work,” or “You played hard today.”

Summer rejuvenates and revives me and reminds me I’m part of something bigger.  Read the rest of this entry »

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