Hello Divas and welcome to our discussion on chapter eleven (My Soul Needs to Exhale), of the book Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst.
Reading the title “My Soul Needs to Exhale” made we want to say “Amen”. My soul needs to exhale majorly. Lysa began chapter eleven by sharing a story about her son telling her that he wasn’t thinking about anything and she was amazed.
I totally understand her amazement. I am not sure of the last time I wasn’t thinking about something. I always seem to have something that needs to get done. Since the demands never stop, I go and go until I am exhausted.
I run on adrenaline to get the next thing done and then the next.
Running on adrenaline is celebrated in our society.
Bill Gaultiere describes it best: “Adrenaline gives us confidence when we are giving a big presentation. It energizes us when we need to overcome a challenge or work through a stressful conflict. It cushions us when we get bad news. We need adrenaline to handle real life emergencies like these. But it’s a problem for us when we live our lives in a continual state of urgency, viewing daily stresses as emergencies………….the most serious consequence of an adrenaline-driven lifestyle (one with eternal significance) is that it crowds out God. You become a “human-doing” instead of a human being.
Do I really want to be just a “human-doing” with a life so crowded that I am nothing more than a commercial for crazy?
The bible makes it clear that we must REST from our adrenaline-driven lifestyles by preserving the Sabbath. Plainly defined, the Sabbath is a day of rest and worship.
“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the LORD has spoken”. Isaiah 58:13-14
The keys to Sabbath rest are threefold: 1. not going your own way, 2. not doing as you please, and 3. not speaking idle words.
The Sabbath allows our soul to exhale. It is a time to reflect. It is a time to rest. It is an opportunity to find our joy.
Resting is a struggle for me so I know I will be imperfectly progressing but finding my joy in the LORD is totally worth it.
Is finding YOUR joy in the LORD worth it? If so, pull out your calendar and schedule your Sabbath today!
Make sure to have chapters 11 and 12 read for our bible study and discussion on Saturday.