📖 READ: Genesis 2:1-3
👓 OBSERVE: God, the creator of you and me, rested. It wasn’t that God needed a break from doing all this creating, but God wanted to show us the importance of resting. God even told the Israelites to set aside a full day to rest, called Sabbath.
✅ APPLY: Do you ever take a day in your week to rest? A day where you put down your phone and set aside your computer. What is one small step you can take this week to rest? Even if it’s just taking an hour away from your phone, what can you do? Try writing down a simple prayer asking God to help you to set aside a time to rest.
📖 READ: Matthew 11:28-30
👓 OBSERVE: This verse is the open invitation Jesus has given every human. You don't need to strive for his approval or affection.
You don't need to strive for anyone’s approval or affection.
Your worth and value is not determined by your behaviour or performance but by God’s love for you — always, all day, every day.
Regardless of your accomplishments, grade point average, family background, or financial status, you are loved by God. The same invitation Jesus gave his followers many years ago is the same one he gives us today.
Instead of pushing through the tiredness and weariness, take a moment and breathe. Remind yourself that Jesus is with you and for you.
✅ APPLY: What’s the best way for you to take a break and have a moment with God today?
Is it through prayer🙏?
Perhaps a walk outside🚶?
Maybe even taking a nap 😴?
And before you judge yourself too harshly for needing a nap, remember, even Jesus napped. So don’t be afraid to run toward rest in whatever way you need today.
First of all.. welcome to our Student Ministry blog.
This is a new idea, a new project, I get that. But why not try something new. Why not expand our boundaries, try new things and think outside of the box.
This year, I wanted to provide for you a daily devotional that you can track along with at your own pace..
And so.. here it is. "Run/Rest Devotional" - a 40 day devotional that you can track along with as we observe Lent (and .. really.. anytime after.)
And so.. here is Day 00
Sure, it’s good to have goals, but sometimes all of those goals can burn us out.
If you’ve felt a little tired recently, the next 40 days are for you. We all know what it’s like to feel physically tired, but some of us might be feeling tired in more than just our bodies. When we spend so much time running from one thing to the next, our souls can get tired too.
But this isn’t the kind of life Jesus came to give us. Jesus came to give us life — a life that’s full, not of schedules, worry, or hustle, but full of joy, peace, hope, and abundance.
So for the next 40 days, here’s what we’re going to do.
When you see these daily prompts, take just a moment to:
For the next 40 days, what do you think could happen ifyou made it a habit to REST in God’s presence and truth?
Let’s find out. Because if you want to keep running, you’ve got to learn how to rest.