Encouragement for Moms

31 Days of Rest – A Daily Devotional for the Weary Mom – Day 1

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Hey guys!  I hope that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving with your family and are ready to dig into the 31 Days of Rest Devotional.  At the moment, this study is available absolutely free in PDF format here.

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Throughout the month I want to stop in from time to time and talk about the corresponding daily devotion in more detail.  I would love for you to chime in the comments as well!

The devotion for Day 1:

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

Exodus 20:8-11

As mothers, we have a lot of work to do! From changing diapers to raising teenagers and everything in between, we are usually busy. If we never stop to rest, our physical bodies will eventually wear down and we will be no good to our family. The Lord reminds us to slow down in the above passage, and describes how He created the human body to need a cycle of rest to rejuvenate our bodies and souls. And what should we do during this time of rest? Concentrate on the holiness of God! If your body is showing signs of wear, be sure to pray to God for rejuvenation and a time of rest as you stay in His Word. He cares for your mind, spirit, and body.

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I would love share a few more thoughts with you ladies.  God has created a cycle of rest for our bodies, and what’s so cool about the Sabbath day is that we are called to rest on His day!  He wants for us to rest in Him, how wonderful and sweet is that?  When our bodies wear down from our daily duties as a mom, He beckons us to come to Him.

Video discussion to accompany today’s devotional:

I would love for y’all to weigh in if you feel lead to in the comments.  What does this passage mean to you?

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10 thoughts on “31 Days of Rest – A Daily Devotional for the Weary Mom – Day 1

  1. This passage is an excellent one for the importance of physical rest for our human bodies. The most important thing to remember, is to take that time each week to rest and revive your body and spirit in your local body of Christ as well as just resting in your home. Don’t let your Sabbath (whatever day you choose to call your sabbath) become so busy with activities outside your home that you cannot even relax and you are all bent out of shape getting to church.
    Thanks.

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  2. Nicole,
    This is a wonderful post that I plan to share with both of my sisters. I love them dearly but they have so much on their plates. This is the perfect reminder for them. Thanks for sharing. Blessings to you and yours this holiday season as we celebrate Christ our Savior!

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  3. Nicole, this is a great reminder to take care of ourselves, especially during this time of the year. In the midst of nurturing and providing for our family, us moms often forget that we need a bit of that too. Definitely heeding this advice and seeking some time for myself amidst all the busyness.

    This was so lovely to read on #SHINEblog hop this week. Thanks so much for joining us!

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  4. It is so easy to get carried away with our duties as wife and mother that at least for me, it is easy to keep going on Sundays. What a great reminder to slow down and rest. Thanks for the devotional. It is already printed and ready to go! 🙂

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