3 Steps to a Christmas Season That Includes Rest

rest2Is it possible to truly rest this Christmas season? Shelly says yes!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

We are not meant to live in hectic, frantic or hurry. We don’t showcase Christ in rush.

We burn our candles at both ends and still the world tells us that we need. . . more.

In reality we only need one thing–Jesus. Do you have Him? Then let’s answer His call, “Come to Me.”

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

1. Take time out of your busy day, every day, to have some quiet, uninterrupted time with your King. Create a space that will be soothing for you, and join God for this slot of time.

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)

2. God honors your limitations. You do not need to be or do until you push to the point of a crash. Your offerings are always a rich treasure to Him.

“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.'” (Mark 12:43-44)

3. Take a deep breath and ask for help. It is not admitting a weakness. It is sharing the burden–and that’s what we are all called to do. Please consider that this scripture is not only encouraging us to carry each others burdens, but to share our own! Take a look at your lists this holiday season and decide what tasks can be done or aided by others.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to come to You during the coming holidays. Help us to seek You even more during the busiest times. Thank You for Your constant care and for sustaining us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension, Interstitial Cystitis, and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012 and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com

What scriptures do you use to remind yourself to not push so hard during busy times when expectations are high?

Shelly thought you would enjoy this beautiful song, “Come Unto Me” sung by Jeanie Mummert. She has an amazing gift from God in her music and the lyrics are so applicable as we remember that regardless of what we are facing right this moment, we can come unto Him. No burden is too big–and no burden is too small either. He understands and is here for you–right this moment. -Lisa