Week 1: We Grow By RECHARGING

Genesis 2:2
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.

The fast-paced, overly-busy nature of our culture pushes us toward constant motion and full schedules all the time. Life can easily become so busy that we don’t have time to slow down and recharge. Our culture applauds achievement that is the result of overloaded schedules and overwrought lives. With that pressure looming, we can easily wear exhaustion as a badge of honor. We get validation from being busy, and we can easily forget that we were made by a wonderful God who was very clear on the ideas of rest and recharging. He was so serious about it, as a matter of fact, that He included the idea of rest, Sabbath, as one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8-11). God intends for His people to have times of respite, from their lives of output and service, to recharge and reset.  

In Genesis 2:2, we find that after the incredible accomplishment of creation, God took a day to rest and reflect on what had been accomplished. When He walked on this planet in human form as the man Jesus, He encouraged His disciples to come away and rest after a time of ministry and service to the Kingdom (Mark 6:30-32). There is a natural cycle of rest and activity that is inherent in our makeup, and we must observe both. We cannot expect to be healthy and grow if our life is full of output and has no input. If we are constantly working, serving, and giving without ever stopping, resting and recharging we will ultimately burn ourselves out and be of no use to anyone. We simply weren’t made to be the Energizer Bunny. We work and then we rest. We expend and then we recharge. This is how our Creator made us.

Healthy Habits: Recharging
Recharging doesn’t look the same for everyone. We all have different ways in which we find rest and refreshing, but it is important that we all make this a priority. If the thought of down time and recharging is uncomfortable for you, take a moment and ask the Lord what He says about it. He is good to give direction and wisdom to those who take time to reflect on their lives and ask for His help.  

These questions may help you as you consider the idea of recharging.
  • What things help you unwind and refresh?  
  • What do you enjoy doing?  

1) Make a list of the things that recharge you.  
Here are recharging ideas that may be helpful:
Pray
Take a walk in nature
Have a cup of tea or coffee
Read the Bible
Read a book
Take a nap
Fast technology or social media
Call a friend
Garden
Play a game
Sit quietly
Color, paint, sing, writeHunt/Fish

2) Make a recharging plan for each day this week.  
3) Share your recharging plan with a friend or family member.

Let’s join together this month and focus on cultivating the right conditions for a summer of growth! We all need to recharge regularly. This is how we grow! Let’s do it!

Video devotions

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28
The model set forth, from the beginning by God, was work sealed by rest. Jesus echoed that need in Matthew 28:11 and modeled it in His time in ministry. Today, Pastor Andrew brings forward the lesson of rest, its application to our lives, and a challenging reminder that rest is actually a command!

MUSIC DEVOTIONS

“Hear Us From Heaven”Lord hear our cry; come heal our land…Our nation is in need of great healing, and we stand in line with generations praying the promise of II Chronicles 7:14. Continue to pray for our great nation and the world.
Take five and recharge in worship. There is nothing like the presence of God to refresh, renew, and recharge your body, soul, and spirit. Join our worship team and “Raise a Hallelujah.”