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God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Psalm 23:1-3 (MSG)


Many of us know these verses so well we almost forget what the impact of them. I love to imagine God ‘bedding us down in lush meadows’; that feel of cool mossy grass against my cheek as I sink into it and drink from life giving clear pools of water. God wants to give us perfect rest so that we are able to get up refreshed and ‘head off in the right direction’.

Where do you find your rest individually and as a couple? Are you resting enough? If the answer’s no, what do you need to do to change this?  As we approach Easter many will take some holiday – can you plan in some quality rest time?

Prayer (as a couple)

Father God, we commit our rest times to you again. Help us prioritise relaxation together and refresh us as only you can. Amen.

Prayer (for others)

Father God, we pray for ______ and _______ who seem constantly rushed off their feet. Please help them to find some time to rest and give us ideas in which we can help them with that. Amen


How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards. Spanish Proverb