Find Rest: A Women’s Plan For Lasting Peace In A Busy Life
7 Days
Are you worn out and overwhelmed by your never-ending to-do list? Multitasking. Taking care of family and friends. Driving car pool. Running errands. Filling out paperwork. Meeting deadlines at work. In today’s do-it-all world, women are busier and more tired than ever juggling the roles of mom, executive, volunteer, student, wife or girlfriend, friend, and everything in between. We’ve all been there – feeling frenzied and desperate as we try to keep it all together. Some days it feels like we’re managing everything well, but more often than not, it feels like everything is managing us. It is easy to become emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In the midst of life’s demands, it is possible to experience a life of peace and find rest for your soul.
 
PUBLISHER
We would like to thank Shaunti Feldhahn for providing this plan.

Day 1: To read the scriptures click on the verses below

Matthew 11:28-29

His Yoke Is Custom-Fit for You

When my children were small, money was very tight. The local annual consignment sales were a lifesaver for inexpensively outfitting two quickly-growing kids. I generally bought a size or two ahead so the kids had room to grow for the next year. 

I thought the kids looked adorable in their oversized shirts and rolled-up jeans, but they were definitely not custom fit! I was asking them to live, play, and work in clothes that were not tailored to them in any way. 

God is not like that. When Jesus says that a key way to find rest is to “Take my yoke upon you,” He is gently rebuking us for taking on burdens that we were not meant to carry, and telling us to instead take on those purposes that He has created just for us. 

A yoke is a device that hitches over the shoulders of a working animal (or team of animals) so they can comfortably pull something heavy, such as a plow. Since every animal is a different size and shape, a caring farmer carefully custom fits a yoke to each beast. This allows the ox or horse or donkey to work well when he is called upon, without getting exhausted, being ineffective from pulling at a wrong angle, or getting chafed and sore.

The farmer is also careful not to give a young animal a yoke that is too large. Instead, at every stage of growth, the farmer remeasures the beasts under his care and creates a new yoke. The animal is called to a particular purpose, and he is outfitted for it. 

Imagine the difficulty if one animal were to take on the yoke that was designed for another. The ground might get plowed, but oh the pain and strain and heaviness! Oh, the open sores on a weary back! After days and months of this, wouldn’t the animal eventually shy away from the good work of the day? 

So often, we are weary and burdened not because of long hours or having too much to do, but because we are taking on things we were never meant to do, or in a way or during a time we were never meant to do them. Let us believe our Lord’s promise that when we take up His yoke for us, we will find rest.

Live According to Your Design

Day 2: To read the scriptures click on the verses below

Plug into Your Source of Strength
 
We’ve all been there—our phone battery suddenly drops into the red zone just when an important call comes in. Will the battery hold out? Or will it go dead, leaving us sounding unprofessional? Or uncaring? Or simply unable to finish the important coordination with the home health aides who are checking on our elderly parents?
 
Finally we get to a place where we see a charger and outlet. We can breathe again as we continue the conversation, our battery power slowly creeping back up into the normal zone.
 
As women, our batteries often run dangerously low. We may try to plug into superficial power, such as an extra shot of espresso in the morning or some online shopping. Perhaps we rely on our friends to give us that boost to make us feel important and needed. Or we look to a boyfriend to fill the deep desire for love and affirmation.
 
But these power sources don’t cut it. They can’t quite get our battery to a full charge. We’re left feeling frustrated, run down, let down, and even defeated.
 
There is only one real energy source, and it is not found at the coffee shop. It is found in that moment when we come before the One who understands every minute detail about us and longs to give power to those who know they are weary and weak before Him.
 
You may feel like you need a nap, but He never grows weary. You may feel weak in the knees as you struggle to understand how to handle a difficult relationship, but He gives you strength. He provides guidance and wisdom and fills every single need of your heart. His charge will take hold and fill you. But here’s the catch: You need to plug into Him.
 
Maybe that means adding time with God to your calendar every morning or joining a Bible study in order to read Scripture in a fresh way. Maybe it means listening to a sermon podcast while you make dinner or reaching out to a friend as an accountability partner who will remind you of the only true source of strength—God Himself.
 
Whatever method you try, it will make a dramatic difference in your life. God may not remove the circumstances that fill up your day, but He will give you the strength to walk with Him through it.
 
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