Leviticus 23:3 – There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the LORD.
Your body rushes in the morning to get out the door in time. Your mind rushes and already has its mind on what you need to do when you get there.
Your body rushes in the late afternoon to attempt to complete the work before you. Your mind has been pushing itself all day to try to catch up, but it only causes you to be distracted and make mistakes causing you to have to start all over.
Your body rushes in the evening to arrive at home in time to have dinner with your family, but you had to work overtime to complete your day’s work. Your mind can’t seem to disconnect from your job. You want it to be focused on your family, but thoughts about work win.
Your body rushes at night as you try to get some sleep, but it’s so exhausted from working so many hours that you can’t. Your mind also wants to let go of the things that you’ll have to do tomorrow, but you can’t disconnect.
So you count sheep, take deep breathes, put your mind on something relaxing like water running down a mountain stream, but you can’t. And tomorrow, it will start all over again.
Do you let your body have permission to rest or do you push it beyond what you should?
If you continue to push yourself beyond what you need to and into conquering what you want to, you may find yourself flat on your bed sick with the flu again.
So how can we help our mind and body find renewed energy and at the same time peace of mind? By making it a priority to allow your body and mind rest.
There are many kinds of rest –
But what if you don’t have money to take a vacation? Well here’s an idea: be on a vacation at home.
Huffingtonpost.com has a great article, “8 Ways to Unplug and Recharge Your Brain,” providing ways to unplug, rest and renew your mind. If you renew your mind, your body will fall in line and find ways to rest also.
Did you know that God was the first one to talk, even command, people to take the seventh day of the week off and rest? He is our example. Even he rested after creating the world in six days. He’s interested in helping you rest and still get your work done. He will help you complete your work faster and with fewer errors when you take the time to rest.
Proverbs 31:9 - Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
First, it must be noted that having any kind of housing is a blessing even if it’s low-income housing. So many today live on the streets and don’t have the luxury of a roof over their heads.
It’s difficult for those of us who live on Social Security Disability, due to chronic health issues to not only live in low-income housing, but sometimes our families think less of us and feel we’re not trying hard enough to climb out of our situation.
We’d like to be able to hold down a job and pay for our housing with our paychecks, but when you’re unable to do so this also can take away from what you think of yourself and certainly what your family thinks of you.
It’s like a chasm that separates two parts of a city. One side has the things they need to provide for themselves and their families, while on the other side stands someone who lost their job due to layoffs thus sending their family into poverty.
I believe it’s time to build a bridge between those who have much and those who have little. But instead of being willing to build that bridge, we see judgmental attitudes and they are unwilling to help build the bridge. It takes both sides of the city to build the bridge. One side can’t do it by themselves.
So how do we make the public, and especially our families, understand how much it hurts to be judged and feel less of a person, because we live in low-income housing?
In the article, “Just the Facts: Poverty Myths and Stereotypes,” on justharvest.org, it provides answers that refute the myths of poverty such as poor people are unmotivated and have weak work ethics.
As I spoke of in the case above, where the head of the household lost their job, it’s unacceptable to judge them. They may be out hitting the pavement every day looking for a job, but have been unable to do so.
In the end, learn from the Bible verse above the next time you find yourself judging another. We are to defend the rights of the poor and needy. And it wouldn’t hurt if we could lend a hand building a bridge that stands to unite those less fortunate in the with those who have an abundance.
1 Chronicles 16:11-12 - Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.
All of these examples seem innocent enough. Everyone forgets things sometimes. Maybe you just have too much or your plate or your mind is focused on an important project at work. But it still feels disconcerting.
When these things start to happen more often you may start to become concerned.
But them the deciding fear comes true:
The last couple of situations can be alarming and they may be signs that you need to see your doctor. Everyone has some short-term memory loss, but when it turns into something that happens on a daily basis it’s frightening; especially if your family has members who have been diagnosed with dementia.
What are some signs that point you towards needing attention from your doctor? Betterhealth.vic.gov.au posts the article, “Dementia – Early Signs,” describes some of the signs such as disorientation, difficulty completing tasks and language problems.
Seeing signs of dementia in a loved one or in yourself, can break your heart. But remember, the Lord is the one who will give you the strength when you need it, and will help you remember what he’s done in the past for you, even though you struggle with remembering things that are happening right now.
To learn more about the causes, treatment and care for those with dementia select the link below.
Job 12:13 - To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.
Your cell phone rings. It’s a friend you haven’t seen or spoken to for over three months. You start out with having only a few minutes on break at work when the next time you look at your phone you realize you’ve been talking for over forty-five minutes. You take a look around and sigh. Your supervisor isn’t in sight, so you say goodbye to your friend and rush through the rest of your day to catch on the work that should’ve been done a long time ago.
Distraction. That’s one of the things that cell phones cause. They distract you from your work as you check on Facebook every hour.
They distract you from your family, as you text back-and-forth a friend instead of spending face-to-face time with your family.
Or, how about the rudeness of continuing to slide through your apps while you are with someone.
In addition to talking on your cell phone, texting while driving has resulted in serious car accidents.
Cell phones have not been around for very long, but long enough that a large portion of our population spend more than just a few minutes on their phones, but instead they spend hours on their phone daily.
With all of the texting, scrolling, and talking on cell phones there are studies coming through that not only are cell phones hurting our relationships they are having a real physical effect on our health.
Abcnews.go.com has an article about the negative side effects of cell phones in their article, “7 Surprising Ways Cell Phones Affect Your Health,” such as bacteria that lives on the surface of your phone and how texting takes a toll on your thumbs.
Though, yes, there are many negative effects of prolonged cell phone use, there are also positive benefits such as staying in touch with your family when an emergency occurs and letting others know when you’re ill.
They also make it easier for family and friends to exchange photos and you can see what is going on in their life though they live many miles away.
There also is the positive of being able to research on Google on your phone instead of needing to do so on your computer. This allows you to make more informed and faster decisions. The cell phone is mobile so you can research the pricing and benefits of purchasing products before you place an order.
Itstillworks.com posts the article, “The Cell Phone: Positive Impacts on Society,” lists some of the positive impacts such as helping people with speech difficulties.
It’s important that you be aware of the negative and positive effects of cell phone usage on your health and life. Choose to use hands-free devices or wait to make that phone call after you are home. Make a point to not check your Facebook account or answer a text until after you finish a face-to-face conversation. And if you are addicted to checking your status, turn your phone off once you are home and give it a rest.
God will give you the wisdom to know when you need to cut back on your cell phone usage time. He understands that there are positive effects on your relationships by staying in touch, but he also knows when you’ve been on your phone in excess.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.