Get Some Rest

Life is full of demands. Women in ministry carry multiple titles, pastor, wife, mom, friend, and the list goes on. Trying to navigate it all, at times, can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Blessedly, we have a quiet place to rest.

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

Last year, after conquering a season of challenges and incredible accomplishments, God called me to a place of rest. Candidly, when I sought God for my next big assignment, and He said get some rest, like a toddler, in protest, I wanted to respond — but I’m not sleepy.

In that moment, God reminded me that rest is not something I have to do but something, better yet, someONE, I get to enjoy.

In the chaos and busyness of life, God gives us the beautiful gift of Sabbath to remember Him, commune with Him, and be refreshed and restored in Him.

God knows we have the propensity to attempt to go at life on our own and hold onto heavy things He never intended us to carry — worry, fear, anxiety, shame, guilt — things that burden us, weigh us down, and wear us out. So, God keeps inviting us back to Him, inviting us back to rest.

I understand stopping to enjoy a Sabbath day may feel impractical and impossible to implement with a never-ending to-do list. However, adopting a weekly Sabbath rhythm has added so much richness, joy, and wholeness to my life. I’m experiencing God in new ways and enjoying every restful moment with Him. Plus, I’m so much better for those in my life and more productive in my work because I rested with God.

No matter how important your work, roles, and responsibilities are, you have God’s permission to rest. As beloved daughters of God, we get to enjoy rest from working, rest from doing, rest from striving. Rest to simply be with the Lord, sit at His feet, and enjoy the peace of His presence.

Here’s my challenge: What is one thing you can do today to intentionally withdraw to a quiet place with God and get some rest?

For me, it’s writing. Writing poetry is my love language to God and where I enter His peace and stillness.

May I steal a little bit of time away with You Lord,

lingering in Your Holy presence,

forgetting the time and the tasks that await my attention.

May I steal a little bit of time away with You Lord,

getting swept away in Your beauty and Your grandeur,

discovering new heights of Your love and Your goodness.

May I steal a little bit of time away with You Lord,

surrendering my anxiety and insecurities,

crashing, ever so gently, in the depths of Your peace.

If rest is not a consistent part of your spiritual practice, there’s no better time than now to start. As you take intentional moments to be with God, may His peace and rest settle on you.

Kapriahas 20 years of experience in philanthropy, justice, and ministry.  Kapria currently serves as Executive Director of the Detroit Experience Studio (a creative program for high school students). Kapria holds a Master’s Degree in Ministry from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church.



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