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Finding rest 

Pastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford


Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (NIV).

All you who are weary and burdened…” I am not sure about you, but that phrase tends to describe me quite often. Weary and burdened, translation = tired and weighed down. It’s in these moments when I begin to become overwhelmed with the burdens and pressures of life that I often think, “I just need a day off.”  Wouldn’t that be nice? A whole day to myself to do whatever I want. No responsibilities of dropping kids off somewhere or picking them up from somewhere else only to transport them to the next thing. No phone calls, e-mails, or texts from work. No honey-do list or chores to take care of.  Just me, a TV, a book and my couch.  I often find myself thinking that if I could just have a day like that, then everything would be better. I wouldn’t be so tired. I wouldn’t be so weighed down. Instead I would be rejuvenated and re-energized. “Yes, if I could just get a day off, then everything would be restored back to order and life wouldn’t be so weary and burdensome.” That is the lie.

The reality is that no matter how much rest or relaxation we may get, it doesn’t take long being back in our normal routine of life where we end up finding ourselves “weary and burdened.” The solution isn’t how much time we can find to rest but rather where we go to find our rest. While our couch, or the TV, or our favorite book may sound like a welcomed destination for relaxation, they will never provide the rest that our souls crave. Jesus knew this and that›s why when He was around the weary and burdened he didn’t tell them to take a day off, or find an afternoon where they could only do what they wanted to do. Instead, he welcomed the weary and burden to the only place where they could find rest for their souls—in His presence.

The invitation is simple; come. In other words, leave behind all that is weighing you down and simply come be with me, come sit with me, come dwell with me, and you WILL find rest for your souls. Are you weary and burdened down by the struggles and trials of life? The invitation is open to all. Come to Jesus. Sit in His presence. Let him carry the load and walk with you side by side . Stop trying to do it on your own, and stop trying to find what only Jesus can give in anything or anyone else. Come to Him, and you WILL find rest for your souls! It’s really that simple, the decision is up to you.

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Eight tips for a healthy pregnancy


(BPT) – Did you know that every single minute in the United States a baby is born too early? That’s approximately 450,000 born too early each year. A pregnant woman’s good health, both physical and emotional, is essential to the health of her baby. You can boost your own chances of having a full-term pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few tips and by learning more about the important development of your baby, even during the final weeks of a full-term pregnancy.

1. Get early prenatal care

Early prenatal care is important for you and your baby. As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, contact your health care provider to schedule your first prenatal visit. During that appointment you’ll get advice for a healthy pregnancy and be screened for risk factors associated with preterm birth.You can also visit GrowthYouCantSee.com for a checklist of risk factors and example questions to bring with you to help guide the conversation with your health care provider.

2. Make every bite count 

What you eat is a key part of pregnancy health. Your baby absorbs everything you eat, so good nutrition is not only essential for your own good health but also for your baby’s growth and development. Make sure you eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids to help ensure both your good health and your baby’s.

3. Manage stress

Bringing a baby into the world is no easy task. Pregnancy can be nerve-wracking and it’s normal to feel stressed. However, too much stress can cause health problems and increase a woman’s chances for preterm birth – delivering a baby before 37 weeks or more than three weeks prior to the due date. Taking care of your emotional health by learning to manage stress makes for a healthier pregnancy and is an essential part of taking care of your baby.

4. Exercise regularly

Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy is important for your general health and can help you prepare for labor. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress and help you feel your best. The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most, if not all, days of the week, unless you have a medical or pregnancy complication. Talk to your health care provider about your fitness routine during pregnancy to keep you and your baby safe.

5. Get plenty of rest

When you’re pregnant, discomfort can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and managing stress can all help improve sleep during pregnancy. Relaxation techniques, such as yoga or a warm bath before bed, may also help you fall asleep. If you’re unable to sleep well at night, try resting more during the day.

6. Change your habits

Healthy lifestyle choices directly impact the health of a growing baby and certain habits can cause lifelong health problems for your baby. In particular, smoking, drinking alcohol and using street drugs (also called illegal or illicit drugs) can restrict a baby’s growth and increase the chances for preterm birth. Avoiding substances such as nicotine, alcohol and other street drugs during pregnancy gives your baby the time he or she needs to grow and develop. If you need help to quit, talk with your doctor.

7. Learn about the signs and symptoms of preterm labor 

Help protect your baby by familiarizing yourself with the signs and symptoms of preterm labor, which can lead to preterm birth, so you can proactively discuss them with your health care provider. Visit GrowthYouCantSee.com to learn more.

8. Enjoy this special time 

Forty weeks sounds like a long time, but you won’t be pregnant for forever. Enjoy this special time in your life with family and friends.

There’s a lot of growth that happens in your baby, even in the last few weeks of pregnancy leading up to your due date.

For more information on the risks of preterm birth and the benefits of a full-term pregnancy, visit GrowthYouCantSee.com.

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by: Pastor Barry Briggs
The Springs Church
135 N. Grant, Cedar Springs

If someone were to ask you how work is going, or what you’ve been up to, what would you say? If you’re like me, you would probably say you’ve been “really busy.” It sounds better to say that you’ve been keeping busy than to say you’re doing nothing, right? We think it’s a good thing to be busy. And so, whether we like it or not, whether it’s good for us or not, we keep ourselves constantly busy. We juggle the relentless demands of our career, family, marriage, church, relationships, health, chores, activities, finances, and just plain life! We work long and hard hours, hurry home to chauffeur our kids around from one activity to another, grab dinner on the road, and on the weekends we do our best to attend church.
Why do we do it?
Busyness makes us feel important.  If we’re busy, we must be needed. People depend on us. We are working hard for God. We have this idea that busyness leads to godliness.  Guess what? It doesn’t! If anything, busyness leads to emptiness.
Have you ever noticed how electronic gadgets do bizarre things when their batteries are low? I had a Chevy Corsica once that had an old battery that needed to be replaced and it caused the power door locks to lock and unlock randomly. It just didn’t make sense.  The whole car seemed to be short-circuiting. And so it is with life. When our batteries are low, we do bizarre things, we get easily frustrated, and irritable.
Let me ask you, do you feel tired? Worn out? Burned out? Stressed Out? Are you running on empty? If so, Jesus has an invitation for you today. He says, “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, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT).
Jesus understands our need for rest because He personally knows what it is like to lead a demanding life. All day long people sought His attention, advice, and help. The Bible says that one time Jesus and His disciples where so busy going here and there, helping people, and everything else, that they didn’t even have time to eat. Sound like your life sometimes? When Jesus noticed what was happening He said to His disciples, “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31 NIV).
If you’re too busy that you don’t have time to sit down and eat, something needs to change. God wants you to get some rest. He designed you in a way that requires it. It’s ok to spend time recharging your batteries.
The problem is, if you’re like me you start feeling guilty when you take time off.  When I try to relax my mind keeps returning to all the important, urgent, “spiritual” things I think I should be doing!
I’ve had to learn to follow God’s advice in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God” (KJV).
The truth is, slowing down and getting some rest is one of the most spiritual things you can do!  Rest is Jesus’ gift to us. I wonder what sort of spiritual blessings we miss out on when we refuse to rest.
A busy life is not necessarily a productive life. Jesus came to give you an abundant life, not a busy life–there’s a difference. If you’re feeling extra busy right now, then now is when you need rest the most. The best time to rest is when you don’t have time to rest!  Don’t feel guilty about it. Taking time to rest is spiritual obedience. Getting some much overdue rest will energize your devotional time, focus your prayer time, improve your work time, and prolong your lifetime!
So take time to relax and enjoy life. This weekend go away with Christ to a quiet place and rest for a while. Consider taking a nap, or sleeping in, or going to bed early. It may just be the most spiritual thing you will do for yourself all week.

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