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Rest is Important for the Soul

God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:1-3), and he commanded us to do the same thing in Exodus 20:8-10. So, rest at least 1 day each week. Use this day to reflect on God's goodness and all He has done for you and your family. This day of rest should be to feel God's presence and nearness, draw Him closer, remembering the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, speaking with the Holy Trinity to find direction in life, seeing the miracles in our lives, and being grateful for God's gifts and interventions that keep us on the right path. On this day, we let our soul rest from daily burdens and worries and soak in God's Divine Love. In other words, we're meditating on God's Word and finding ourselves in His perfect Grace.

We don't have to wait until Sunday, though, to find this rest. We can have it every day. Once again, hobbies such as reading, cross stitching, hiking, bird watching, yoga, or gardening can relax the soul. So can listening to calming music, Christian music, or nature sounds in our backyard. Spending time in the present with this type of activity can be very close to meditative. These activities distance us from the normal daily chaos, putting what has happened or what might happen on the back burner for a while. 

Soulful rest
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If you think you don't have time for a few minutes of these types of activities, I would differ with you as I used to think the same thing. But I discovered that taking a slower pace a few minutes each day actually helps revive us and gives us more energy for the day and, likely, a better night's sleep. Life happens to all of us. Resting the mind, body, and soul is great therapy. 

Watch for my meditation posts to begin soon as we learn to tune out life for a few minutes and to hear God, to relax, and to gain energy.

God bless you and take care,

Patricia

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