Sep 17 2009

Maybe you just need a nap...

Enjoy this article from Rick Warren, and sweet dreams... Lisa:)

Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is just go take a nap. That's because when you're physically down, it's hard to be emotionally and spiritually up. The legendary football (U.S.) coach Vince Lombardi said, "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." That's true. It's amazing how much better things look when you're rested.

If you're discouraged right now, it might not mean you have to make a change; it may simply be that you need some rest.

Farmers know that soil needs rest, so they rotate their crops and systematically leave a portion of their land fallow. They do this because land that has rested produces a greater harvest.

About one hundred years ago, a businessman named Frederick W. Taylor did a scientific study on the workplace and productivity. Do you know what his study proved? That people will produce more if they have periodic breaks; and from that, he introduced the coffee break.

Resting is spiritual. The Bible says God "enjoys giving rest to those He loves" (Psalm 127:2 MSG). You may need to put that verse on your refrigerator. The Bible says it's vain for you to rise up early and stay up late.

The Bible also says, "You made my body, Lord; now give me sense to heed Your laws" (Psalm 119:73 LB). What are His laws for the body? Eat right, get your sleep, exercise, and relax.

Rest is so important, in fact, that God put it in the Ten Commandments. In essence, He said, "Every seventh day you are to rest."

Don't ignore what God established. A good night's sleep makes a big difference. And even a quick nap can help you see things clearly.

Comments (5) -

9/17/2009 9:53:31 AM
Lorrie Callaway United States
Lorrie Callaway
And all of God's weary children said AMEN!!!  I know for myself the problem is finding the time.  However, after a recent mission trip to Africa I have been so convicted about all of the "things" we have in our lives that take time and resources yet people with next to nothing have so much of God's spirit it just overflows and envelopes all that come in contact with them. Getting rid of some of our "things" may be a good way to find time to rest and allow God's spirit to grow and abound in us enough to overflow to others.  Isn't that what it is all about to begin with.....  Thanks for the reminder Lisa, and may God bless all of you at KLOVE that serve continually.
9/18/2009 12:43:03 AM
Brenda Erickson United States
Brenda Erickson
I find your blog on needing a nap to be very insightful, truthful, and convicting.  Goodnight...
9/18/2009 6:38:43 AM
Mary Hope United States
Mary Hope
I was listening yesterday and heard of the woman that had thought of suicide.  Wanted to share with all that this month is also Army Suicide Prevention Month.  Let's remember that our love ones are coming back home with some serious problems that they don't know how to handle.

9/18/2009 11:14:39 AM
Kelly Jo United States
Kelly Jo
I am an administrative camp director for Splash Camps in northern Minnesota.  Many years ago, a mentor of ours told us of his 120 year plan for his life.  Part of that plan to reach that age, was to institute mandatory "down time".  We use this at our camp during staff week.  Every day after lunch we have down time for 30 minutes.  I have used this technique for most of my adult life and it is amazing how refreshed and renewed you feel!  And productivity is really boosted by this practice!  So don't forget mandatory down time!
1/21/2011 12:44:33 AM
United States
Nice and very comprehensive list. Thanks for putting it all together!
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