Episode 19 - Rest Is Necessary

Rest Is Necessary

Even God rested on the seventh day, so what makes you think you can get by without doing the same? The minute I heard those words I was convicted down to my toes. Indeed if the almighty God of the universe saw the necessity to rest what makes me think I can work seven days a week.

Of course I was going to church on Sunday and hanging out with my family around Sunday dinner, but I had gotten in a bad habit of working on Sunday. It was a great time to do my weekly video lessons because face it I was all dressed up and had taken some care of my hair and makeup.

Still I knew things had to change. Working nonstop was taking its toll on me even though I loved what I was doing. My schedule that constantly caused me to be “on” caused me to be overwhelmed and stress drives me to want to eat. For someone who’s lost 250 pounds putting myself in a state of temptation is not a good place to be in.

I love Matt. 11:28-30 MSG says,Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Like God, I don’t want you to feel so overwhelmed. So, here are four don’t and three dos to help keep you from being constantly tired, worn out and burnt out. So in this podcast I give you seven things that include four things not to do and three to do in order to step into the rest God has for you.

I talk about these more on the podcast but in summary, here they are:

    1. Don’t say Yes to another job, unless God has said Yes to you doing it. 
    2. Don’t feel like you HAVE to burn out in order for God to be pleased with you. 
    3. Don’t assume that God wants you to overwork for Him. 
    4. Don’t assume that doing yet another thing for God will mean you don’t have to do what God really wants you to do. 
    5. Do rest in God. 
    6. Do learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
    7. Do learn how to live freely and lightly

By the way, in May we will be opening the doors of my Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy for a few days only. You will need to be on the waitlist to be notified of when we open. To do that go here: https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/Overcomers-Christian-Weight-Loss-Academy/

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.