DEVOTIONAL: Down Time, God’s Style


Mark 6:31  And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Monday was the first day of the second round swimming classes.  My schedule is so simple, two hours a day, twice a week. Easy enough, right?  It seems like this week one thing after another came up and I was hardly at home.  

Does this sound familiar? Other than work and your typical routine, it seemed as though you had a pretty reasonable schedule.. Then it happened.. one by one by one, activities, invitations, appointments and life issues clogged the schedule.

Jesus showed His Disciples the importance of taking time out to wind down and regroup. Let’s  learn lessons from the Master!

Genesis 2:2-3  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.

5 Ways To Unwind in 60 Seconds

Get some R&R, fast

Need to get some relief, now? Whether you’re at work or home, these five easy tips will leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful in a minute or less.

Stare up at the ceiling and count down from 60

Gazing upward stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers blood pressure and slows the pace of the breath. Slow, deliberate counting will also help rid your mind of distractions.

Write down your worries in a notebook, then set it aside for tomorrow

Putting your problems down on paper—and knowing that they’re there for you to work through later—may help take your mind off of them while you’re trying to rest.

Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth 10 times

Deep breathing slows the heart rate and calms the body. Focusing on your stomach rising and falling, and your breath flowing in and out, will help you concentrate on your body, instead of outside distractions.

Imagine floating on a cloud, and what you would see passing by

Guided imagery is a powerful meditation tool that can give you a temporary escape from everyday worries and stresses. Invite all your senses to participate: Imagine what you see, hear, and smell in this peaceful place.

Of course these are secular suggestions.  There is NOTHING like reading the Word or talking with the Father, so let’s call the above steps #2-7!


Father God

Thank You for blessing us with this day

We ask that You please hear the request we lift up to You

Both spoken and unspoken

Lord, You know what the needs are

Thank You for showing us that we do need to take time out to rest

We ask forgiveness when we get so involved with activities, we neglect to care for ourselves, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically

We need You to show us how to balance our lives, O God

Please order our days that they will bring glory to You

We give You praise for Your Word, saying

(Proverbs 16:9) A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

We need and ask for wisdom, Father

In the Name of Jesus



“Silent Night”

“In The Garden” (Loretta Lynn)

credits: Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture

experiences of my own, family and friends

 encouragement from the Lord, family and friends

ability to share the Word

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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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