Steve Jones here…summer officially started this past week! I trust you have some plans to get away and get some rest and relaxation! It’s so important to recharge our batteries. You can’t keep charging without recharging.
The Psalmist reminds us of God’s desire for each of us to find adequate rest, saying in Psalm 127:2 (Message): “It is useless to rise up early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know that God enjoys giving rest to those He loves?”
Did you catch that? God enjoys it when we have a good rest. So do something spiritual today…have a nap this afternoon. Tell your board chair Dr. Steve told you it’s okay. Yes…my tongue is firmly in my cheek as I write these words, but the principle is sound. The principle is Biblical. God is very clear about our need for rest. To ignore his fourth commandment is foolish. When we function outside the way God designed us, we are headed for trouble. Spiritual, emotional and physical burn-out. A Sabbath rest each week is commanded to rest our body, recharge our emotions and refocus our spirit…sounds like a three point sermon, eh?!
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I encourage you to come to “Vital Signs”, our National Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario, from Nov 5 to 7, 2012. Our guest speakers are a husband and wife team, Peter and Geri Scazzero. They will be sharing in two seminars and two workshops how we can get healthier both spiritually and emotionally. I challenge all leaders to bring their spouses to Niagara Falls to be ministered to. This is NOT a marriage enrichment conference. Let me repeat that. Our Fellowship 48 is not a marriage enrichment conference—although Niagara Falls is a great place to visit as a couple.
Our time with the Scazzeros will be an opportunity to look honestly at our ministry lives and find practical solutions. Your National Fellowship is also hiring some professional Christian Counselors to be available (free to you) for the 48 hours of the convention.
Make plans today to get a babysitter for the kids and come to our 2012 Fellowship 48, our “couple’s convention”.
Have a blessed week,
(copy of Poster below to download and copy of July 2012 Newsletter with prayer requests)