Rest from Vacation

Colossians 3: 15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

We’re back from our family vacation, and we’re enjoying a few photos and videos that we took. The images remind us of all the fun we had. Frankly, we need that reminder while we’re doing all the laundry and cleaning up and getting back into the routine again. It’s a lot of work to come home from a road trip.  

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has said, “I need a vacation after my vacation.”

Our trip was packed with places to go and things to do and see. We even stayed in a couple of places that had a laundry room so we’d have clean clothes to wear for the next few days. We’d been hiking so laundry facilities were quite a blessing. But the early/late hours, physical exertion, and almost constant activity were enough to wear out anyone. By the time we got home, the one thing I looked forward to was my bed.

Peace and rest are very closely connected. When the chaos of fun gets to us, we can rest in God’s presence and find His peace.

During our trip, my daughter and I went on a five-mile walk instead of a two-mile walk because we passed up the ice cream store. I want to be reminded of the peace of Christ when my feet hurt. I asked her to sing to me on the way back from getting her an ice cream cone because I thought it would help distract her from her own foot pain. We ended up thankful for the extra-long walk.

When you take an exciting vacation and come back exhausted, you probably welcome the peace of Christ just like I do.

Thanks for joining me. Please come back and seek God with me again.

Rest from Struggles

Hebrews 4: 10-11

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.


Have you been dealing with personal struggles so long, you just don’t know what to do? Many people have personal struggles. Parents struggle with raising kids to be a consistently kind and productive member of society. It’s hard work because kids are notoriously resistant to rules and discipline. Good parenting takes plenty of time, money, and dedication. Some view their “empty nest” days as the light at the end of the tunnel.

God wants you to continue in your work until it’s time for the baby bird to leave the nest. When you’ve finished preparing your young one for the “real” world, your rest should begin. This is when you put your faith to the test. Do you really trust God? Do you think he can look after your children better than you can?

There will be a time of resting from your current struggles. When that time comes, relax and trust God to do what you no longer can do.

Rest from School

Genesis 2:3

Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.


Is there someone in your home who just finished a year or a semester of school? Whether you’re a teacher or a student, you need a break from all that hard work. I have good news.

It’s okay to rest when you’ve given your best.

God spent days creating this masterpiece we live in. He carved out lakes and created mountains. God gave us beautiful flowers and trees for our landscapes. He populated our landscapes with interesting animals He created delicate butterflies and cuddly bunnies.

And on the seventh day, he rested.

God says it’s okay to rest when you’ve done your best.

Now, it’s summer, and we’re celebrating. My kids have studied and tested, and now they’re getting rested. We plan to have a summer vacation with lots of activity and discovery. They’re not taking a break from learning, just worksheets and testing.

What do you do to rest after months of hard work?