Tag: Rest

Social Media & Sabbath Rest

Recently, I made the decision to stop using my cell phone past 7pm. This also includes checking or posting to social media. I’ve been thinking about the reality of social media and how negatively being always connected affects us. At least how it’s affected me. After being depressed about a month ago, I knew it was time to change. Something had to change in my daily routine and this was definitely one thing that needed to be addressed. For now, it’s a break but I’m hoping it will turn into a habit.

Three years ago, I wrote about this. Most of it still resonates with me today but a lot in my life has changed. When I think about social media and what it’s used for nowadays, it was time for a break.

The reality of social media is sometimes it leads to false sense of reality. There’s a difference between sharing memorable moments and keeping memorable moments sacred. We want connection, but consider the cost. Screens shouldn’t replace our relationships. 

Most of my interactions nowadays are face to face and this is preferred. It’s more intimate. When I text, I try to keep it short. If I know it’s going to be super long, I call the person later or carve out moments in my day to confront them. So much can be misconstrued through texting.

Hard boundaries need to be in place with how we utilize technology.

About two weeks ago, the word “Sabbath” was repeated a lot in my reading.  After discernment, I knew I needed one day out of the week where I designated solely to rest. Saturday is my Sabbath. Self-care is so important, I can’t stress this enough. I’m thankful God really worked in my heart about the importance of rest.

Sabbath is a day of stopping. It’s one full day where we cease our activities.  God rested after His work and we are to do so too.

Between taking a break from social media in the evenings and having Saturday as a Sabbath, I feel better. Being still has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long while. Life needs space and God prepares us in our stillness.

Examine how often you’re connected and moving. Learn to be still and intentional with Sabbath rest too.

In Jesus and with love,

Julie

Being a Christian is Exhausting

 

“It is impossible to get exhausted in work for God. We get exhausted because we try to do Gods work in our own way.”

— Oswald Chamber


These past two months have been exhausting. Emotionally and mentally I’m tapped out, but spiritually I’m growing.  I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and trying to define my purpose. I’ve been trying to be more intentional in the lives of those around me and in the lives of the people that I’ve recently connected with. The days are starting to blur together, the months are flying by and it’s hard to keep up. Life is moving full speed ahead and I’m exhausted.

Spiritual exhaustion is never the result of sin, but of service. 

We are here to serve others but it should all point to the same purpose; Jesus and what He did for us. This has been challenging for me as I’ve been learning to find my identity in Christ and encourage others in doing the same. There are days when I feel I’ve fallen short and it causes me to be more self-reflective and aware. There are people in my life that are broken and hurting and it hurts. I want to reach out and help but there are some areas where I can’t and I have to trust and depend on God alone. I remind myself that it’s not always about me and I am not meant to fix where only God is meant to.  Examine your reasons for service. 

We choose the source by which we live.

Everyone plays an important role in the work of God and nothing we do is without significance.  Exhaustion happens when I lose motivation and lose perspective on the work God has called me to do.  More often than not it’s because of the expectations I have of myself.  When I don’t see results from my efforts I get disheartened. When I feel I have failed and see others doing things in their life I wish I could be, I don’t feel very successful at life.  Trying to please others and seek their approval has been deadly to my own spirit.  We can’t rely on our own strength, we have to depend on God’s Spirit.

We can’t do God’s work alone.

We can’t do everything by ourselves.   I spent most of my life living under the illusion that I didn’t need other people. After being disappointed and rejected by others, I felt that my best work would have to be done alone.  As I’m growing spiritually I have realized the importance of building community and establishing relationships.  It can be frustrating when others fail to show up or follow through, but the solution isn’t to do it alone.  We need each other. 

Exhaustion happens, it’s normal.  The solution is to see the importance of God’s work and open our life to the abundant supply of God’s Spirit to do His work. Make your relationship with Him a priority and let His spirit direct you.

Exodus 33:14

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

Have you ever been spiritually exhausted?