~Reclaiming peace, rest and contentment~
We all endure them: pressures. As women, there are many things that can cause pressure and undue stress in our lives. This chapter reminds me of another book I read relating to using the word ‘No’ more and saying ‘Yes’ to the things that will fill our souls. Here are my takeaways from this chapter. If you’re reading along and want to chime in or have any questions, leave them at the bottom.
WHAT THE ENEMY DOES
- Makes us feel guilty for saying ‘no’
- Distracts us with busyness
- Makes us think we need to be perfect in what we do
WHY WE ALLOW IT
- Let’s face it, we want to appear as if we have it together!
- We want to be praiseworthy
- We want to fill the expectations others have of us (our skills, our time, our finances)
- We want to be the go-to person for everything
WHAT DOES GOD SAY
Our God is awesome and always has the perfect solution to our situation!
- He brings in the SABBATH! Woohoo! Just as God provided a day of rest for the people of Israel to spend time in his presence, he expects the same of us. We don’t need any more permission to disconnect from the pressures of life and connect with the one who fills our souls. Ex. 20:9 -10 “Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.”
- He gives us sustenance while we rest. When the people of Israel were observing the Sabbath, they couldn’t go out to collect the food that had fallen. God in his total awesomeness provided enough food for two days so they could observe the Sabbath uninterrupted. When we get things off of our plate, it isn’t so that we can fill it up with other stuff! It is to rest, regroup and refocus. Ex. 16:28-29 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws? 29 See! The Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day.”
- We need to give up the “slave” mentality. The people of Israel didn’t know how NOT to be slaves because they had lived in it for so long. If we’re going to be relieved of external pressures, we need to stop the vicious cycle of saying ‘yes’ to everything all the time. Speaking from my experience, I do this subconsciously although with good intentions. But in the end, I’ve vested too much time and energy, I’m frustrated and it wasn’t the best use of my time. Time to stop the crazy. Gal 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
LIES WE NEED TO STOP BELIEVING
- That 0ur core value is tied to how much work we do, how much stuff we accumulate and how much business we generate.
- That God will be displeased if we don’t rigorously stick to “the program.”
- That ‘no’ is a dirty word.
This was a great reminder to me in this season that we can serve God and others without feeling the pressure to perform or measure up. I hope you walk away blessed and with renewed strength! <3