Do You Deserve A Break?

52 Weeks of Grace, Christian living Comments: 8

The word "REST" written in rusty metal letterpress type on a crumbled aged paper background.

This month we’re talking about offering ourselves grace. We know that grace is the unmerited favor of God … but how do we give that to ourselves? Sounds kind of crazy!

Let me ask you another question — do you deserve a break? For that matter, what do you have to do to deserve a break? Do you have to work a full time job? Clean your house? Go without sleep for a few days? When is enough busy-ness, enough to earn a break?

Ha! That’s kind of a trick question. God has already given us His Grace, His Favor. We don’t have to earn it. Remember? Here’s a few verses I want you to think about this week.

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

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

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

Wow! I think the Lord wants us to rest. I think that is one way that we can allow our lives to be filled with His Grace. So what about it? Do you deserve a break?



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8 thoughts on “Do You Deserve A Break?

  1. Nancee Marchinowski

    My rest came this week through a horrid cold, the worst I’ve had in years. I stayed in bed for three days except for reading and writing reviews. Rest? I’m not sure. My life seems to be a whirlwind of activities, and being sick really doesn’t qualify as rest, I suppose. I’m trying so hard to slow down, and I can see some light at the end of the tunnel, but I have a feeling I’ll always be moving at a fast pace. I need to paste these verses around the house as a reminder that I’m only one person and can’t do it all. I need God’s grace and I need to offer myself a bit of grace. Thanks so much for the reminder and pep talk! 🙂

  2. Melissa Henderson

    There are times when I know God is trying to tell me that my body needs to rest. I just need to listen to Him and take that time and rest. Quiet, peaceful, Spirit filled comfort is just what I need. 🙂

  3. Pat RZONCA

    Probably the thing I struggle with the most. I am always involved and with working full time, usually find myself running in many directions. Rest is not something I do well.

  4. Diana kio

    Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed! I teach fifth graders, have two children, my husband volunteers at the tec hub three nights per week, and I am trying to take care of my mother who has cancer. I had three appointments today but it snowed. At first I was upset and spent a couple hours worrying over something I had no control over. But then I decided to go out in the snow and pull my son on the sled. Then my daughter and I helped a wren recover after flying into the window and then we played dominoes with my mother which made her day a little brighter. I am thankful God had other plans for me today. Rest is something that is truly a blessing.

    1. vannettachapman Post author

      God bless you, Diana. I was a teacher for 15 years, so I know how hard it is to juggle family time and work. Congratulations on deciding to enjoy the time you had with your kids. That was a smart move!