✅ APPLY: There is a lot of information available on the benefits of rest and how healing it is for your body to get a good night’s sleep. Rest is important. It can be tempting to give up rest in order to work harder, but rest is necessary and it can bring healing in a way you might not expect.
How can you set aside time today to rest so that you can heal? Ask God to show you where you need healing. Ask Jesus how you can rest in him, knowing that the love he has for you is enough.
✅ APPLY: Following Jesus is not a set of rules. It’s a relationship that isn't based on our behavior or actions, but is rooted in Jesus’ love for us. Sabbath isn’t a rule to follow but an invitation to rest and remember what God has done. Take your own Sabbath for a few minutes.
Find a quiet place to be still. Set a timer on your phone, close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and focus on God’s love for you. Thank God for that love.
✅ APPLY: Jesus tells us that he loves us and reminds us to stay connected to him. You don’t have to work tirelessly to prove yourself, to be the best, or prove you're not a failure. You are loved. Even if failure happens, and it will, Jesus’ love will not fail you. Are you aiming for the perfect grade point average? Are you working hard to get the spot on the A-team in basketball? Is there someone who’s approval and love that you are trying to earn?
Thank Jesus for his love for you either through a silent prayer, a written prayer, or a prayer you pray out loud. Thank God that the approval and love you are fighting for has already been given to you. Ask him to help you stop fighting for that love and to simply receive it.
✅ APPLY: Jesus is inviting his disciples and followers to stay connected to him — to abide in him. "Abide in Me” is not a marching order to accomplish or a check box to complete. It’s simply a state of existence, a way of being. What might it look like to live life everyday knowing that you are deeply connected to Jesus? You don’t have to work to stay connected. In fact, you need to simply rest to remain connected.
You want to know how else you can stay connected to Jesus? Talk to him! That’s prayer. Remember in Philippians 4:4-6 it says to tell Jesus what you need and thank him for what he’s done. Do that today. Talk to Jesus. Connect with him.
✅ APPLY: Everyone is looking for peace. Not many people love chaos — unless they’re a toddler in a McDonald’s Play Place. We want peace. How comforting is it to you to know that no matter what you face, Jesus will give you peace in the situation? You don’t have to earn this peace. You can simply receive it because Jesus freely gives it.
Thank Jesus for giving peace in the midst of chaos. Remember that even in the midst of seeing their saviour arrested, beaten, and crucified, Jesus first followers still experienced incredible peace.
What is a dark valley you have walked through? When have you been in surrounded by people you felt were against you? Imagine what might change if we could see God as our good shepherd in the midst of these moments.
Grab a notecard write Psalm 23:4-6 on it. Perhaps you might even make it the background on your phone. Keep this verse near you when find yourself in a dark valley surrounded by people who seem to be against you. In those moments, take this verse out and pray, “Jesus, thank you that your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and that I will live in your presence forever.”
How can you let God lead you to places of rest and quiet? Is there anything you’re tired of running after or striving for? What if you intentionally turned the opposite way and ran toward places of rest and quiet.
Spend time in silence asking what God is inviting you to rest from.
✅ APPLY: Jesus is the ultimate shepherd. He takes care of his sheep and lays down his life for them. That means that he looks out for us, watches over us, protects us, and keeps us from harm. He also shows us where to go, leads and guides us to the places he knows are best for us. Sometimes wondering about our next step can cause anxiety and stress. Does believing in Jesus as the good shepherd ease your anxiety or lower your stress level?
Maybe you’re in a place where it feels like knowing this about Jesus isn’t helping your stress and anxiety. That’s okay. Find a trusted adult or a trusted friend that you can pray with and talk to about this. Ask them to pray that you would trust Jesus as the good shepherd, caring for you, leading you, and guiding you.
Does following Jesus ever feel like it’s a list of tasks that you have to check off? If it does, ask yourself why it feels that way. Are you trying to earn God’s approval? God’s approval is a gift. We cannot earn it. And trying to won’t lead to the rich and satisfying life Jesus talked about.
Write out a prayer or silently pray asking Jesus to show you what the rich and satisfying life looks like.
✅APPLY: The average teenager gets 6-7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended amount of sleep for a teenager is 9-9.5 hours. How much sleep do you get a night? Do you value your sleep? Or do you avoid it because you feel like you have too much to do?
Before you go to sleep, write down the things on your mind that keep you from sleeping soundly, or that keep you up at night. Tell God that you know sleep is a gift from God and ask for help to have a good night’s rest.