Prayer for rest and rejuvenation

The Shalom Home is a Pastor’s Retreat and place of refuge to relieve the stress and anxiety caused by ministering to others. You and your spouse can relax in our quiet country setting. As you and your spouse rest and spend time with God, your souls will be restored in a confidential – safe spiritual environment! So, come and enjoy the quiet Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat for yourself.

prayer for rest and rejuvenation

The Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat is a place of refreshing, empowerment and rest for Pastors, Ministers and Church Leaders. Those of us in the ministry, sometimes suffer with the stress of ministry life and the hurts and traumas of the people to whom we minister. The Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat is a place of restoration, rest and empowerment for those in full-time or part-time ministry. Does your pastor, ministers or church leaders need a place to refresh? The Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat is situated on our “Oasis of Hope” property that has 10.5 acres in a quiet country setting. We even have on own lake for fishing, relaxing or mediation.

The Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat is a facility that exists just for you! Come and “Unplug” from the tasks of ministry. The Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat is an outreach ministry of The Christian Healing Center of Ormond Beach, FL.  Our prayer for you, is that at the Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat, you experience a quiet country setting with little or no interference from the outside world so you can get refresh  and hear from God like never before.  We have no TV or internet on the property, however, there is great cell service in the area. Come and experience the rest you need. Make your reservation today!

Testimonies from Pastors who were guests at the Shalom Home Pastor’s Retreat

“Hi Pastor Murray, Thank you for your hospitality. I have been filled with many blessings from the Holy Spirit during my stay at the Shalom Home Christian Retreat Center. I pray that God will keep you healthy and enlarge your territory in the years ahead. This home truly has the presence of the Holy Spirit. God Bless You!”  Evangelist David – Missionary to Ghana.

Dear Pastor Daniel and Pastor Derek, Thank you so much for the gift of the Shalom Home. It has been wonderful to be in quiet place where we can rest, read and pray. We oversee 3 ministries and needed to get away and I bless those that found you. God’s richest blessings…Pastors Doug & Jennifer

Thank you for opening the doors of your home! This home is surely a safe haven and a place of peace, a green pasture beside still waters where He restores my soul. I so needed a quite corner to sit with Jesus and talk a while. Thank you!!…Cindy G.

Good evening Daniel, I’m really enjoying the stay here at shalom house, it feels like a good spiritual detox for me. You had prayed that my boys would experience God’s love in a powerful way. I wanted to let you know that the Lord rapidly answered an amazing prayer as my son had a tough first year in college and lost a substantial scholarship. He wrote an appeal letter and sent it last night and this morning he heard word that he has been reinstated for a probationary year ahead. This is an amazing stroke of God’s love to him and to us as a family….Pastor Charles

Mark and a handful of other local, Christian leaders are in Phoenix this week for an annual city transformation/collaboration conference. They will return on Thursday. We appreciate your continued prayers for rest, rejuvenation, and some great ideas that can be brought back to Akron. Read this “oldie but goodie” blog post that Mark wrote back in 2012 after returning from that year’s event. Needless to say, it’s true that he certainly does Love Akron.  Stay tuned for updates on this year’s gathering.

I have returned from a few days in Phoenix. Phoenix is a nice place to visit, but I would not want to live there for several reasons. First of all, I am just not a desert person. The closest I want to be to a cactus is as close as… Akron is to Arizona! I’ve never been one who preferred gravel over grass as ground cover. Although the weather is nice, I am one who enjoys the four seasons. If I’m going to have the sun blazing down on me non-stop, I prefer to be on a beach at the ocean, not on hot sand that makes even camels long for Akron.

But, the main reason I would not want to live in Phoenix is that you are not there. I am sure this sounds a little trite, but it truly is people like you who make Akron the place I want to live. In fact, the Greater Akron Area is where I feel God has planted me for the rest of my life. When I left for Phoenix I did not leave my heart in San Francisco, rather in Akron, Ohio. My advice to young ministers is to go find a city you are willing to die for and serve there until God calls you Home.

My prayer is that I will carry a burden of prayer and a love for Akron the way Jesus did for Jerusalem. Every time I read Luke 19:41 my heart is moved. Here it is, “Now as He drew near , He saw the city and wept over it.” Why did Jesus weep over Jerusalem? He wept when He observed the brokenness of the people and the impending broken walls that would come from the hands of Nero in 70 A.D.

Jesus wasn’t just moved with compassion because of the physical and emotional brokenness of the people of His day. Rather, I believe Jesus was even more concerned with their spiritual brokenness. The broken down walls were just a symbol of spiritually broken lives. Christ knew that someday each one would face an eternity in either Heaven or Hell. It was His desire that none would perish and that all would be saved or recused from an eternity without God. That is the bottom line message of one of the most quoted verses in the Bible, John 3:16. You know it, so say it with me. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Do you believe that or is that too “old school?” Is the doctrine of Heaven and Hell a subject that is no longer really believed by people who call themselves Christians? If we really believe this then everyone we know will either spend eternity with or without God, and that thought should dramatically impact our prayer lives.

What if every Christian in Summit County woke up and spent a portion of our time every morning praying, by name, for the lost in our city? What if each of us went to work each day with a mission to “make it hard for people to go to hell from our city”? I know a minister from Colorado who indeed challenges his congregation with this very phrase.

One way we can do this is to not only pray each day for lost people but also to pray and ask God for divine appointments with people who are living life without Christ in their lives. If you would like to know more about how to do this I would recommend Pastor Bill Hybel’s book, A Walk Across the Room. It’s a great book that practically illustrates how a disciple prays and looks for opportunities to share his faith with others who may be searching for answers that can only be found in Christ.

When I was a child I grew up in an “old school” church that believed that, in fact, Jesus was the only way to God and that we were compelled to share our faith. I recall the words of an old song, which was also a prayer. Here are the words: “Lead me to some soul today. Teach me Lord just what to say. Friends of mine are lost in sin and cannot find their way. Few there are who seem to care and few there are who pray. Melt my heart and fill my life. Give me one soul today.” Let’s all take time today to think about one or two ways we can make a Kingdom impact on our wonderful city- Akron, Ohio!

prayer for rest and rejuvenation

This week, as the hub-bub of graduation parties and family visits started to subside, I was re-reading a nice little book by Eugene Peterson, The Wisdom of Each Other.  It’s a letter-conversation between Peterson and an imaginary friend who has recently come to know Christ and started to attend church. We only see Peterson’s letters, but it’s a look into Peterson’s view of life in Christ and the community of believers. He speaks of prayer often. Near the end he sums up his prayer understanding this way:

I think it’s best to stay simple and centered in regards to prayer. Development in prayer doesn’t come through acquired techniques but through a growing intimacy with the Father, revealed in Jesus, by the Spirit. Put that way, you can see immediately how relational prayer is (having to do with persons), and how much it has to do with God, who is far more active in your prayers than you are….Prayer is not what you do on your knees; it is what you live.  Your knees can function as a fulcrum to your prayers, but our intent is always that our life is our prayer. (pg. 103)

Last night we had a family movie night and we watched The Adjustment Bureau.  It was quite good.  The story revolves around a politician, David Norris (played by Matt Damon) who discovers that his life is constantly being “adjusted” by angelic-like characters.  Their job is to tweak and adjust human events and decisions so that “The Chairman’s plan” (God’s will) will be carried out on earth.  It’s an intriguing film.  Norris character rebels, desperately wanting to exert his own free will.  He simply doesn’t understand why The Chairman’s plan can’t include his desires as well.  The Adjusters work harder and harder to fit Norris into The Plan, but Norris won’t relent in his efforts to be free.  At one point, after arguing and struggling with the angelic mediators of The Chairman’s will, Damon cries out, “What if I could just talk with The Chairman myself?!”  

I won’t spoil the ending, but I recommend you see it.

In Job we read of the sufferer’s same wish to speak with God directly:

He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, 

   that we might confront each other in court.  If only there were someone to mediate between us,    someone to bring us together,  someone to remove God’s rod from me,    so that his terror would frighten me no more.  Then I would speak up without fear of him,    but as it now stands with me, I cannot. – Job 9:32-35

What a gift we have been given that we can speak to The Chairman, that God not only listens but responds. That, as Peterson says, he is “ … far more active in your prayers than you are.” 

– Curtis

I have been tired and worn out the last few weeks. Taking care of my family is hard work and sometimes requires more energy than I am able to give.

There is a constant pile of clothes to wash, fold and put away.

The dishes need to be washed and placed in the cabinets.

Dinner will not cook itself, nor will the pantry re-stock on its own.

The children won’t learn to treat each other kindly without my teaching.

The list could go on and on, replacing one chore or task for another, and if you don’t stop and spend some time taking care of yourself, how can you possibly keep caring for your family as well?

At some point or another, we as mothers will experience some sort of burnout.

We will reach the end of our ropes.

We will collapse in the chair and not be able to get up. We snap and speak to our kids disrespectfully or say something we may regret to our husbands.

I’ve been there and done that and the only thing that it makes me feel is worse, not better.

I don’t want to be a wife and mother who is constantly short-tempered and exhausted.

I want to be a blessing to my family, a peaceful and loving presence in my home. But if I don’t take the time to care for my needs, then my family will be the first to experience those negative words or actions.

Today let’s look at some super simple strategies we can employ on a regular basis to fill our cups.

10 Ways for Mothers to Recharge and Refresh.

prayer for rest and rejuvenation

10 practical and easy ways to build in some time for women to get the rest and rejuvenation they need to be the best they can be for their family. And don’t let the title fool you either, you may not be a mom but I’m sure you could use a few pickups to recharge yourself as well.

1. Read God’s Word

While this is the obvious choice, sometimes it’s not our first choice.

Sometimes our eyelids are so heavy that the minute we start to read a passage in Scripture, sleep takes over. This is why I have invested in a few small devotional books that I have laying around the house.

Some good, “get in the Word quick” resources are:

  • She Reads Truth app
  • First 5 Minutes app

Now before you start to question me let me say that yes, I absolutely think it should be a priority to be in God’s Word every day, but sometimes you just need a quick pick me up or an encouraging passage.

That’s why devotional books fit the bill; Short, concise, to the point, encouraging and refreshing.

2. Phone Home

Sometimes nothing is more encouraging then calling your own mom (depending on your relationship) when things feel hard.

You can cry, share your frustrations and know that she has been through it too.

Now I realize not everyone has a relationship with their mothers to where they would be comfortable doing this, or perhaps you own mother is no longer living. Consider a trusted aunt, family member or an older woman from your church.

Someone who is wise and has gone through the battle and came out on the other side. Someone who you feel safe sharing with and who has the wisdom to offer you insight and encouragement.

Also, phone home to God throughout your day too.

Don’t think that prayer has to be limited to certain times during the day when you have your prayer journal in front of you.

God wants to be in fellowship with you throughout your entire day!

He is always with us, He always hears our prayers and in His own unique way, He answers them.

Several times during my day I am constantly taking a short mommy time out seeking Him with short prayers like, “Jesus I need help!” or “Lord please give me patience and soften my heart to love this child like you do.”

3. Do What You Love

Spend a few minutes every day doing something you love whether that be reading, writing, sewing, cooking or whatever it is that you enjoy doing.

Sometimes just spending 5 to 10 minutes doing an activity that we enjoy can completely refresh us and give us a new perspective on the day.

4. Get Outside

Sit in the sun, breathe in fresh air, walk barefoot in the grass, play in the snow with the kids… it doesn’t matter.

Make it a priority to get outside every day despite the weather.

I have three children so depending on the weather it can be a real hassle to get outside on a daily basis (trying to get hats, gloves, and coats on toddlers is an Olympic event!) B U T I do try and make the effort.

It makes us all feel so much better, plus the kids sleep better too which is always an added bonus in my opinion!

5. Ask for Help

Sometimes you just need a little help and you shouldn’t be ashamed to admit it.

If it’s in your budget, hire a babysitter so you can get out of the house alone once in a while. Or swap childcare with another mom taking turns, one day you go out while she watches the kids or vice versa.

If you have family living nearby take advantage of fostering the relationship between grandparent and grandchild.

Or arrange a time with your husband where he can come home early, go in to work late, or take the kids for a few hours on the weekend so you can do something for yourself (or just run to the grocery store by yourself because even that can feel like a vacation!)

6. Connect with a Friend

When is the last time you actually sat down and visited with a friend?

I’m not talking about a quick conversation with a girlfriend while passing each other in the hall on your way out of church or at after-school pickup.

I’m talking about some set-aside, intentional time to sit down (either in person or on the phone) and visit with one another.

Even if it takes weeks to plan a time where both of you are free, make it a priority, for both of your benefits.

7. Laugh

Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Laugh with your kids and spouse.

Laugh when you do something so absent-minded (like I did this morning when I accidentally through the whole bowl of chopped onion in the trash can thinking it was my trash bowl… yeah it took me a few moments to be able to laugh but it made the whole situation a bit better.

I don’t know about you but when my kids chuckle and giggle it always improves my mood, especially when I laugh right along with them!

8. Reflect on the Past

Feeling a little down on yourself?

Take a few minutes and reflect on the past.

Look through some old photo albums. I don’t know about yours by my kids LOVE flipping through our yearly photobooks.

Pull out the baby book or read through your child’s memory journal.

I always love doing these activities and remembering good times can really have a positive impact on your day.

9. Take a Nap

You know the old advice, “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” Ha!

I’ll be the first one to admit that I am not a nap person. If I fall asleep during the day I actually feel worse then I did before.

But sometimes our bodies just need a little rest.

Whether it be a cat nap, a full get-back-into-bed-and-get-under-the-covers nap, or just vegging out in front of the TV while your kids take a rest, can make all the world of difference for your energy levels.

Along this lines, it’s also OK to sleep in every once in a while too. Now if you have little ones, then you and your husband will need to create a plan so he can get up with the kids, and vice versa. In our family, I take Saturday mornings, while my husband gets Sunday mornings. It’s a win-win.

Do what works best for your family’s schedule and routine.

10. Indulge in a Treat

Treat yourself with your favorite sweet treat.

It could be a latte with extra whipped cream, a professional manicure or pedicure, a favorite magazine or a savory, crunchy bite if sweets aren’t your thing (I will always pick salt over sugar any day, weird I know!)

It doesn’t have to be much, and it certainly doesn’t have to be every day but an occasional indulgence just for “mom” can really go a long way to help re-motivate, refresh and re-energize yourself.

What is your favorite way to recharge and refresh yourself when you are feeling tired, weary or worn out?

*updated from the archives. Originally posted in May 2014

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