Dear Uncle Screwtape,
If there is anything I have learned in dealing with humans, it is that we need to keep them busy. Preferably with matters of little consequence, but allowing deviation if it serves our purposes. With the help of social ideals if at all possible. …
Your devoted nephew,
Yup. That’s the enemy’s tactics.
According to his plan, the enemy would have us stay so busy that we become sidetracked with busyness and have no time set aside for restoring our minds, bodies, and spirits in the presence of the Lord.
In order to combat what the enemy slings at us, we need to learn to rest from our busyness.
In Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith’s new book Sacred Rest, she divides it into three sections: why rest (from the practical side), gifts of rest (for the spiritual aspects), and promises of rest (from a biblical perspective).
At the end, there is also a personal rest deficit assessment tool and a 30-day sacred rest challenge.
Dr. Dalton-Smith’s first words as the book opens:
“There should be a ‘Get Out of Your Responsibilities’ card you can play on those days when life is too difficult, days when everything within you wants a moment simply to be still. That thought flittered through my mind as I lay stretched out on the foyer floor.
“The weight of an unexamined life lies heavy against the heart of the weary. Pushing and pushing until it nudges you right past sanity into the pits. Thankfully, lying supine on a hardwood floor can be therapeutic for the soul.
“…I never realized the many facets of peace and rest available when you lay yourself down on purpose. Peace comes in many forms. …
“…I needed even more to satisfy my longing for rest. Not a desire for more sleep, but a yearning to be soul-free. Come to think of it, maybe it wasn’t that I needed to be filled, but rather, I needed to pour out.”
Dr. Dalton-Smith lays out seven types of rest (such as mental, physical, etc.) in order for the reader to learn the importance of rest and live a better lifestyle. There is an assessment tool that is helpful for each area of rest
In the application under mental rest, she says…
“Your brain is constantly working overtime to conquer your never-ending to-do list, and it deserves a rest. Mental rest is your mind’s comfort zone. It’s the place your brain retreats to feel safe, so your mind can function optimally. There is no quick fix for a chronic mental rest deficit. It results from daily draining your reserves and requires a daily commitment to restore the mind to a place of restfulness. The most valuable thing you can do for your sanity is to let your mind rest and allow room for the regeneration of what’s being depleted every day.”
Dr. Dalton-Smith says, “Once you get a taste of a well-rested life, nothing else will satisfy.” Such a great thought to sum up this book.
Rest in today’s age of stressful living is something we all need to practice. I know many of you are over-to-do-ed and need rest. This book may just be the answer you need. Check it out.
“[God] said before, ‘This is the time and place to rest, to give rest to the weary. This is the place to lay down your burden.’ But they won’t listen.” (Is. 28:12 Msg)
May you listen and be blessed with rest…Lynn
You can find Sacred Rest at Amazon
And you can find Dr. Dalton-Smith on her site
*Wormwood’s Correspondence by Morris Inch