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Rest for the Weary

Read Ephesians 4:17-28

Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.

Stop lying to each other; tell the truth, for we are parts of each other and when we lie to each other we are hurting ourselves. If you are angry, don't sin by nursing your grudge. Don't let the sun go down with you still angry - get over it quickly; for when you are angry you give a mighty foothold to the devil.

If anyone is stealing he must stop it and begin using those hands of his for honest work so he can give to others in need. Ephesian 4: 23-28 (TLB)

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you. Romans 12: 2 (TLB)

Sarah Hopkins is from Colorado. Every day she gets a peaceful moment when her daughter has gone to sleep for the night and the house is cleaned from the day's activities. This is the moment when her weary soul longs for rest. In the early days of parenthood, Sarah sought this rest on their couch in front of the TV or scrolling through social media on her phone. She learned very quickly that this did not give her the rest she sought so desperately. She became aware that filling her weary soul with entertainment and counsel from the world yielded undesirable results - a quicker temper, shorter patience, and selfishness.

It was then that she read Paul's words to the Romans to "be transformed by the renewing of your minds." For Sarah, that renewal comes from intentional time spent in God's word and an effort to grow her relationship with Christ. Whether she exchanges a TV show for a Christian podcast, or replace time on social media with time reading scripture or quiet time in prayer, God is sufficient to sustain her. The things of this world may sparkle and promise rest, but only God can truly renew our weary souls.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for the riches of your word and for opportunities to rest. May our lives glorify you, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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