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Enjoying

When we read that God rested, it certainly can’t mean that he removed his hand from the work of sustaining the creation that he had just made. It means that he enjoyed it. – Aimee Byrd, Theological Fitness

For years, I’ve had these little naggings about Sabbath. It’s a big deal in Scripture, but we never quite seem to know what to do with it as Christians, other than declare it an Old Testament principle. After all, Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath, and salvation is our Sabbath rest, so we’re good, right?

But about three and a half years ago, those little naggings began to form into conviction. A realization that the Holy Spirit was trying to point out an area of disobedience in my life. An exploration to discover what obedience was supposed to look like – because I didn’t have a clue!

Since then, the Holy Spirit has been slowly teaching me – us, really, as it’s a family thing – what it means to rest. We’ve made tangible changes and have grown a lot, but we also know we still have a long way to go. Last year, we read several books that helped us process through what God’s Word has to say about rest for believers, and those were amazing. But, the interesting thing is the number of places I’m still seeing rest mentioned. The necessity of it. The importance of it. The obedience of it. It seems that many people are being reminded that God did not make us for 24/7 busyness.

One lesson I’ve learned along the way is that rest is not just about stopping. Because stopping can be counterproductive. Stopping can increase anxiety instead of easing it. It can fill us with restlessness instead of rest. It can be harmful instead of helpful.

No, rest is not about stopping. So, what is it?

Last year as I was reading Theological Fitness by Aimee Byrd, I came across the quote I shared above. The day I read it, the quote jumped off the page at me, and it has stuck with me ever since. As have the thoughts I wrote in my journal the morning I read those words:

Do I enjoy what God is doing around me? Do I stop long enough to notice? Perhaps this is a key to Sabbath. Not simply taking a break, but ceasing from labor to enjoy. Enjoy what God is doing around me. Enjoy what He has done through me.

In our go, go, go lives, I’ve noticed that we often seem to have very little time to enjoy what we’ve accomplished. In fact, it seems that we never finish. Oh, we might close up a specific task or project, but we’ve already started a new one before that one is anywhere near complete. It’s a constant cycle. A constant running. We can never celebrate the completion because we’re buried in the middle of the next thing.

God created. Then God declared it good. He enjoyed His creation.

What if we were to stop and do the same? What if, every day, we were to stop and find something good from the day? What if every week we were to stop, take a breath, and just spend a day enjoying? What would change about us? About our attitudes? Our stress levels? Our health? Our outlook?

I’m going to make a choice to enjoy. Enjoy what God is doing around me. What He is doing through me. What He is showing me. Him.

Will you join me?

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I am a homeschooling preacher's wife and content editor for the Well Planned Gal. But, I also love to write just for the fun of it. I also process best through writing, and my thoughts tend to flow from things I learn through the Bible, interacting with my family, and moving through life in general. Thanks for joining me in my not quite ordinary journey.

5 thoughts on “Enjoying

  1. I ❤️ this! It is almost like a response to one of the topics I just recently blogged about. I feel like my life has been a checklist and this year I have been given the opportunity to just enjoy it. To breathe. To enjoy my kids, my family, and life. My only concern is…can I keep it this way? Can I make it last? Thanks for sharing this and for the reminder. 😉

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    1. Thank you so much! I just went and read that post, and it nourished me this evening as I try to help my oldest work through ways that she needs to grow in independence and responsibility before heading to college next year (how did THAT happen?). It reminded me that enjoying the change is just as important as enjoying the rest!

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      1. Yes….always a lot of transition when a new school year approaches…and college…oh my…I don’t want to think about that! But I imagine it will be here before I know it…yikes?! Thank you so much for reading my post and best of luck to you and your first child as you endure this change together. 😉

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  2. I really enjoyed reading your post about God’s rest. I admit I have never thought about it in that manner either. It has made me look at it in a whole new light too. Thank you Ann. Keep doing what you’re doing. I love you so much and miss you more.
    Love,
    Pam

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    1. Thank you so much, Pam, for your comment! It’s always so good to know that I’m not alone in walking this journey – even if it’s a connection across many miles. Love and miss you, too, my friend!

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