A Sunday Rest

I have always enjoyed resting on Sundays as a carry-over from my days of living with my parents. As teenagers, we would sometimes play the piano, sing, read or go for a walk especially at the lake.  Enjoying a visit with friends and family over Sunday’s dinner or coffee was also important.

However, in today’s world, many people do not observe Sundays as a rest from their labors.

Lately, I was finding excuses to go to a store on the way home from church or perhaps catch up on some housework. However, upon reading the scriptures and listening to the Holy Spirit, I purposed afresh to observe God’s wonderful rest.


 My child, it is no surprise to Me when people who read My

Word daily often do not ‘see’ many of My instructions.

I am glad you are rediscovering I want you to rest on My Sabbath.

You have known the benefits of resting one day a week.

However, as with many spiritual disciplines,

You know how easy it is to get confused when you are bombarded

 with many contradicting messages.

You will have to guard this day of rest zealously.

As with any habit, it takes twenty-one times

as you have learned, to form a new pattern of behavior.

I want this rest to become a delightful, common practice in your life.

 I will help you, as I am pleased to have you enjoy

a worshipful day of rest.


Rose Spillenaar Harmer


About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called listeningtohear.wordpress.com
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6 Responses to A Sunday Rest

  1. Marilyn says:

    I needed a reminder Rose. Thanks


  2. Like you, Rose, resting on Sunday was part of my life when I was growing up, although sometimes I’d break the rules when my parents were having their Sunday afternoon nap.

    I still rest on Sundays unless there’s snow to shovel or some other necessary activity to perform. Attending church, reading, doing something with the family (going for a walk or drive, playing games, watching television), and napping fill my day and leave me refreshed.


  3. Anita Vaters says:

    Rose, just yesterday after church I said to a friend that I was going home for my Sunday afternoon nap. In the “olden days” I looked forward to reading the Sunday School paper while snuggled in bed. Oh my…that seems like another life time, doesn’t it?


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