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Morning Prayer – Rest


Morning Prayer
|| Rest ||

Today, here in the United States is a national holiday, Labor Day. It is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September and is a celebration of the American labor movement dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. Labor Day is not only celebrated here in the U.S., but in several different countries worldwide.

Now, I know you didn’t open this email to find out the history of Labor Day, did you?

Ok, that’s what I thought. I didn’t think you did. {smiles}

Being it’s a holiday where we have a day off from work — or for some of us it’s a day to take advantage of the sales going on at the mall) — Labor Day reminded me of the word rest. Which leads me to another point in history, the Ten Commandments. The fifth commandment to be exact. The Bible says,

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God.
On it you shall not do any work, neither you,
nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant,
nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
but he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11

The fertility journey can be hard and A. LOT. OF. WORK.

The End.

Working to keep from falling apart emotionally, working to love your spouse when your hormones are raging, working out your work schedule in order to juggle the injections, doctor’s appointments and fertility treatments, working to get your letter completed for the birth mother and your home ready for the home study to be completed too.

Insert {{SIGH}} here.

But today I want to encourage you to rest. Just stop for a moment. Stop and take a holiday from all your work…And just breathe… and while you’re resting here’s a prayer and scripture reflection for you.



“Lord, I am so grateful for rest. It was your idea in the first place! Instead of tossing and turning at night with eyes wide open, I give you my worries and cares, my lists and schedules. With open hands, help me to release all I cling to so tightly. I need rest for my spirit and my body. Let me live from a calm and grounded center as I come to you each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. Matthew 11:28–30

from Christianity Today, Women’s Blog. 

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