New Beginnings by Jewels From The Word
Sunday is my rest day. After church and lunch, I usually put my nightgown back on and take a nice long nap. When my children were growing up, they knew to be quiet or take a nap themselves. Sometimes we had friends of the children over for Sunday afternoon on the condition that they would play quietly in the bedroom and not disturb "mother." The child that made too much noise usually didn't get invited back for a while.
Every mother knows the need for a rest time at least once in a while. Even after the children are bigger, they need to wind down in the middle of the day. Right after lunch is an ideal time. It gives your food time to digest. If you are not sleepy, reading a nice soothing book and quietly watching tv can calm you down. Then when rest time is over, you are ready to tackle some new job.
Our world is too busy. There are so many things to do and places to see so we hurry from this activity to that one and don't take the time to relax, but finding time to rest actually gives us more energy to do more things.
We should designate a rest day, just like God did at the end of creation week. God rested on the Sabbath day because He was finished with creation. He didn't need to rest, because God doesn't get tired, but He needed to see an end to His work and after a rest period, start something new.
God has placed within each of us a need to start over again. We require new beginnings. God's Word says, "Through the Lord's mercies, we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness."Lamentations 3:23.
God gives us a whole new set of mercies every morning. He is the God of new beginnings.
Lavon Hightower Lewis