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A definition of rest — ceasing from work, having peace in the midst of chaos, a place of being calm, finding enjoyment, quiet-time, being at ease, and focus on the breath.

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t meet individuals who don’t know how to or are not willing to take time to slow down, relax and find quiet-time from their daily or weekly activities. Some even say “They don’t have time to rest or be still, unless they are asleep.”

Society has been lied to for so long that many have taken being busy as a sin (missing the mark). They believe they can not be successfully or reach goals, both physically and spiritually without being busy. The major missing part of being busy has taken away their intimacy, their friendship and their connection with God, our Creator.

From personal experience, rest is as important to me as breathing. I’m unable to remain in peace, in love and discipline if I don’t take the time to rest, especially in the presence of God. Its a top priority in my life.

Here are a few things I practice daily in maintaining rest in my life. Perhaps this is something for you to think about and consider:

Practice Being Aware
I take 1-3 minutes each day, 2-3 times per day, to sit on purpose and intentionally in the presence of Jesus. This is a time of being thankful for Him being in my life. And me being in His life.

Scripture, Biblical Meditation
I take 10-20 minutes each day, minimum of 2 times per day, reading, listening, pondering and meditating of His Word. I always have a journal to write and take notes of my thoughts and the Words of God as He speaks to me.

Spend Time With Others (Inner Circle)
I invest time each week with individuals who are part of my inner circle. They are individuals with the same beliefs, and outlook on life as myself. We show up, stay present, be open to receive and share, and enjoy the presence of one another. It’s a time serving and ministering to each other, brining out the best in each other. We do set a time limit because we probably could fellowship for several hours. We don’t ever have a list of things that we will talk about. We just pick a day and time. This is also a great opportunity to take notes and journal things that come up that speak to my heart.

I hope the above will speak to your heart and assist you in finding rest and becoming closer to God with a daily routine.

With love and peace,
~ Joseph Stingley

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