Monday, January 07, 2008

Thoughts for today - January 7, 2008

Have you ever wondered why we need to rest? What if we went on and on without ever sleeping, without ever lying down to rest? Would we eventually just fall over? Would we age dramatically faster from constant stress and worry? Imagine what it would be like if you had to tend your children 24 hours a day, non stop, or work, clean and cook 24 hours a day. WHEW!!! I am not sure that I want to even try!

Now look at the times your children are asleep in bed and you have a little quiet time before you turn in for the night. Have you ever just listened to the night? Crickets chirping, the sound of a slight breeze rustling throught the trees, or even, on a quiet night, no sound at all? Do your worries of the day seem to fade during this time? They often do for me.

Everyday that the sun goes down, it goes down on the problems and the mistakes that we may have made that day. Something WONDERFUL happens while we sleep----God gives us rest. We are revitalized to face a brand new day, physically, mentally and emotionally. Sure, we may wake with the same problems that the sun left behind the day before, but today, after rest and sleep, we can face them again and think, "I can face this again today and solve this problem".

God promises to renew our strength when we rest in Him. Some do not realize how important the morning is. "This is the day the Lord made; I will rejoice and be glad in it." As soon as you awake, look in the mirror and tell yourself, "Today is going to be a good day because Jesus loves me."

Have a WONDERFUL day!

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