Can I Do Busy Better?

Can I Do Busy Better?

July 4, 2017

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” Genesis 2:2 (NIV)

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There’s an old adage that says, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.”

Clearly, the person who wrote this — and the people who repeat it — believe being busy is very wrong. But what if God is actually pleased with the right kind of busy?

Could the problem be our definition of busy? Maybe what we really mean instead of busy is frantic, overwhelmed or too busy.

The dictionary defines busy as something quite pleasant: “actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime.” That sounds great!

Yet, it’s too easy to look at our chaotic lives, cluttered homes and fractured relationships and think the problem must surely be that we are busy. But how can being attentive and engaged cause those problems?

Unfortunately, sin has distorted God’s gift of work. Too many of us are working more than we should, or we are busy with the wrong things, things that aren’t ours to do. Consequently, we are experiencing levels of emotional and physical exhaustion that impact our ability to enjoy God’s gift of rest.

God designed work to be a healthy part of our lives, not drive us into the ground. It’s how we live out our God-given design and use our gifts and talents. God even opened the entire Bible with an example of work. But He also made sure to model rest as well. Our key verse shows us the importance of both: “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work
(Genesis 2:2).

Yet sin leaves us wounded in every area of life, and work is no exception. Sin broke the divine work/rest rhythm God established, so it’s not surprising we don’t have a healthy view of how these two major components of our lives should complement each other.

There are so many lies that prod us to work more than we should, but each one has the same root Satan used on Adam and Eve: We are our own providers, and we know better than God.

When we feel that our safety, security and significance depend on us, we will not know when to stop working. We will push ourselves beyond capacity. And we will take on more than we can handle.

The alternative is so simple, yet so hard. It’s what God wanted all along. He wants us to trust Him. Trust Him with our daily needs. Trust Him to open doors of opportunity. Trust Him to define our identity.

If we truly trusted God, we would not look for work to supply our needs. God would be our provider and work would be our calling. And rest would be a gift, not something we resent because it keeps us from working.

For so many years, I thought I could manage my over-busy life with smarter productivity tips alone. Those worked for a while, but I always got myself back into chaos, because I never addressed the root cause of why I tend to be too

This is the journey God has had me on for the past few years. He’s been trying to teach me that His plan for work was never intended as a burden. And that His gift of rest is one I shouldn’t reject.

When I started to really honor the Sabbath, to understand rest as God meant it, the Lord removed the chains to over-work that I could never shake off.

God has wired me to work, and I need to accept it. But I’m also created to work best when I submit to God’s plan, which involves rest. I’m learning that it’s OK to be busy, so long as I do it God’s way.

Lord, thank You for helping me understand Your plan for work and rest. I don’t want to be so busy that I miss what You want to teach me through rest. Help me trust that You alone are my provider. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Psalm 127:2, “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (NIV)

Glynnis Whitwer’s newest book releases today! If you are worn out from being too busy and long for God’s gift of rest, you’ll enjoy Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God’s Gifts of Work and Rest. In it, Glynnis explores what leads us to become too busy, and how to find the soul rest God really wants for us.

Visit Glynnis’ blog for a special release day giveaway of her book, Doing Busy Better, her favorite planner and weekly to-do list notepad.

Glynnis wrote that Satan uses lies to get us to be too busy. Can you identify a lie that has prompted you to be over-busy?

What would you need to do this week so you could take a full day of rest on the Sabbath?

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  1. I have a question. I agree with everything in here, so I’m not here to disagree in any way. But we have a horse farm, how does one rest on the Sabbath, or any day for that matter, when there is always work that /needs/ to be done.

    I loved this devotion and I guess I’m just looking for some rest…

    • Carolyn says:

      My family farmed for years. Pigs and cattle all needed to be fed too. Our day of rest, became renamed the day of rush. It was always hard but we made it a priority to take Sunday afternoon off to go visiting. Couldn’t rest the whole day but we loved visiting our family and friends

      • Actually, Jesus addressed this in Matthew 12 when the Pharisees said He was breaking the Sabbath by gathering food for His disciples and healing people. God created rest for our benefit, but He is not angry with us when we tend to the things that have to be done. If you own a farm, God gave you dominion over those animals and expects you to care for them. If you care for sick people, God expects you to do what He has called you to do. We need to be careful to separate what God has said from the legalism that has been pushed down our throats by religious leaders for thousands of years.

    • The enemy wants to distort God’s rest, sometimes by whispering “You can’t do it,” and sometimes by legalism–distorting “rest” into silly rules.

      I come from a dairy-farming tradition, so I understand daily chores. But not all chores are daily–some can be skipped for 24 hours, freeing up time. And the Sabbath-keeping isn’t just about what you don’t do. It is how you choose to spend the not-working time (Carolyn’s Sunday visits). There is the Jewish Sabbath tradition, starting in the evening with the lighting of candles, a family meal, the blessing of children. It’s a familiar change of pace, of looking to God. Your Sabbath should include a time of corporate worship, not just “church” on the to-do list, but a time set apart for holy worship and godly fellowship. Also, you can make it your practice to include God in the must-do Sabbath chores, singing songs of praise and offering prayers of thanks.

      Say, “this is your day, Lord, what shell we do together, you and me?”

    • GODONLYKNOWS says:

      Try a life of medical. Just like you mentioning animals needing care. There are human beings who work the medical field, that have no rest. One can’t just say “I am taking Sunday off!” When you have people needing your medical care to attend their needs.
      Then throw in the curve where some religions don’t believe you should cook on Sunday. They believe all the food prep should be done on Saturday, if their Saturday is not their Sabbath.
      I often think of the story of Mary and Martha, with one waiting on Jesus. While the other one was busy. Often I think our biggest day of resting is when we spend time reading our devotions, praying, and spending time with hear Jesus words.

      • Yes this can be challenging! My husband and I are both doctors. Thankfully for me, I am now a part-time family practitioner and largely self-employed so I choose never to book a shift on a Sunday – there are plenty of doctors who are happy to work Sundays so my decision doesn’t compromise patient care. My husband is a surgeon so inevitably is rostered to work some Sundays. This can’t be helped as like you say, people need medical care every day of the week. He has a lot of research work and emails that he has to do at home though on a daily basis, and since he committed to never working at home on the Sabbath, this has definitely improved his rest and his peace. Now when he isn’t rostered to work the weekend, he has Sundays completely off, and he noticeably relaxes more. Some work we don’t have a choice but to do – caring for others, feeding animals etc – but other work we do have a choice about whether or not to do it on the Sabbath, and I believe God blesses us when we choose not to.

      • I have a college story to share: I was taking night classes. I thought I had home/job/school/God in proper balance when unforeseen circumstances upset it all. I had quite a conversation with God about my studies. I finally said, “Well Lord, I committed to no studying on the the Sabbath, and I’m going to keep that commitment. If I earn a lower grade, so be it.” I realized that God’s goal for me wasn’t the letter grade but rather the take-away knowledge. The drive for an “A” was my pride, not his glory. It became my Sabbath gift to him. And it was good.

        And God gave me grace beyond measure. I went to the final exam the least prepared ever. The test was a list of seven questions, “Answer four of the following.” Yep, I was prepared for four of them, The other three–I was clueless. My “A” on the exam was purely a gift from God. I knew it, He know it. It didn’t really matter what the professor thought.

    • Michelle says:

      I remember spending time on my grandpa’s farm growing up. Can you and your family get up early on Sunday to do the work that needs to be done that day? And possibly condense it, just for that day? And be done by a certain agreed upon time so you can go to church, have lunch together and spend the rest of the day resting and embracing the Sabbath. I don’t mean to sound naive, as I too have used my Sunday’s to work and this is a tough one. We just have to make a conscious decision to make it happen. Blessings to you!

    • Sandra Munoz says:

      I agree with what you are saying but as “resting” is best done when able. I think the general thought is to do your necessary work but don’t be over anxious with worry about too many things that you “excessively” work. You, having been chosen to take care of God’s animals is such a blessing! In that manner you not only work but have the satisfaction of knowing that you are providing for these animals as God works to provide for you. I find that the more I try to find time to rest and concentrate on resting the less I rest. Carve out some time for yourself on Sundays…. Be it getting up a few hours early to just study the word, walk around outside to enjoy what God has blessed you with (without working)… Hope you have a great day!

    • Malinda says:

      Hi Aubrey-Shea Cianflone
      If you know the story of God leading the children of Israel out of Egypt…the part where He provided them with manna from heaven. Each day He told them to pick up enough for the day but on the sixth day He told them to pick up double because the following day was the day of rest. This is where our faith and trust has to be strong in God. He says put your trust in Me. So maybe put double the food and water on the sixth day and see what happens. Trust and believe.

  2. Elaine K says:

    I also keep the Sabbath. It truly transforms your life and allows you to keep what’s important in focus. God’s plan is always amazing!

  3. I need to make the decision to rest and not allow others to guilt me into activity.

  4. Even in retirement, it is too easy to slip into too-busy mode. Whenever I find myself overcommitted, I become exhausted and short-tempered. I would love to place your book on our church library shelf, and hope that we are not too busy to read it!

  5. Sonya Rogers says:

    In October of last year I was blessed with a new job. I have been so grateful to God for this opportunity that I stopped doing my prayer or devotion time in the morning because I want to do a good job, I’m trying to learn what it is I need to do to be successful, etc. I do this pretty much 7 days a week. I love what I do but I hate that I feel like I’ve put God on the back burner. Now don’t get me wrong I still pray throughout the day, I still know HE is my source I just don’t have that focused time with HIM. I love God. I ask HIM to help me balance it all. I think in reading the message today I’m beginning to figure it out.

    • GODONLYKNOWS says:

      In Matthew 6:25-34 it says how we should trust the Lord to supply all our needs. In Matthew 6:
      24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
      You have to decide if you want feed by spending time with the Lord. Or whether working full time is your idol. Exodus 20:3 3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
      Galatians 5:16-17King James Version (KJV)
      16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
      17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

    • Donna Fischer says:

      I can definitely relate! I am working full time and back in college to earn my bachelors degree. Early morning is my devotion time but I find myself starting the week out well but then I let last minute assignments or other things start taking up my devotion time and before I know it, I’ve skipped a few days of devotion and my prayers become “Thank ya Jesus and God bless everybody” as I’m running out the door. Thankfully, God still loves us and all we can do is pray for grace and keep trying to do it better!

    • Oh, Sonya, we’ve all been there when our schedules push us out of balance. There’s no shame in that! We’re human and often our brains can only focus on one thing at a time! God is so much more gracious and merciful than we are on ourselves. He knows your heart and will help you balance your time. Trust Him! What a wonderful opportunity you have to discover that!

  6. Thank you for this Glynnis! As we take time to rest and celebrate the birth of our great nation, I intentionally woke up early so I could catch up on work which is not good. I’m in the midst of a major decision to bring someone on full-time to prevent this sort of thing and it’s so difficult to let go. I’ve almost defined myself by my busyness. For years, everyone always commented on how busy I am. Dee is always busy. I don’t know how she does it. But today I choose to re-write my story and make sure that God’s gift of rest is intentionally woven into my life. Life is to short and to precious to be busy in the wrong ways.

  7. my busy is the never ending chores of the house and taking care of my 4 little ones. as a stay at home mom I sometimes feel as if I am not doing my part if I am not always doing a chore, but God is has been teaching me that even though I like my house clean and cluster free that it’s okay to stop when the kids have asked me to play the matching game with them because it is more important and fills me with so much love and appreciate for all of the little moments God has provided for us together. We also keep the Sabbath for worship and rest and try to just have fun together and family lunches after church.

    • You are doing a fantastic job. I’ve always been a stay at home mom and often felt as though I didn’t “contribute”…Satan is such a liar. My kids are now 14 & 16 and still want me to play games with them and join them in their activities. You are building relationships with your children that will last a lifetime! Cherish these times with them. Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This has been my verse for many years when I get tired of the day to day same old stuff.

    • GODONLYKNOWS says:

      The Scripture Proverbs 31 says what a Godly women is for her household and family. Many times a women can feel overwhelmed when dealing with the items needed to keep the household afloat and the children tended too. But make it a priority that you find time with the Lord, so your children can see him through you. Make a schedule on when you will tackle different things to keep the household afloat. BUT make first the time scheduled on when you will spend the time with the children. Through a lot of medical sorry to add to the mix of life, I made time that there was time for me to enjoy time with my children to play a game, play other children activities, to go bike riding, to go for a walk, or go and enjoy nature some how. In the end my adult children enjoy nature now and make the time when life has them to busy to just enjoy nature.
      One day your children will be grown. You will find the time has gone to quickly. Spend time with them. Besides showing them that the house needs attention too.

  8. I so understand too busy. When my children were small I was so busy😔 as I look back I realize I missed out on so much. Don’t get me wrong we did things together had fun but I was constantly busy. Exhausted which made me physically sick. Today in my late 50’s I’m busy but it’s different. I’m physically busy and mentally and emotionally my mind is busy. I would love to have a Sabbath for my mind!🤔 My mind just plain tires me out! I hope this makes sense.

  9. Good Morning Women of God… This is so on time for me . I was just graffling with all that I wanted to get done today , on my only day off this week. The Holy Spirit just lulled me back to sleep and reminded me that I needed this rest to be able to be the best and to be able to approach my day with clarity and wisdom. I thank God for his word and the comfort in it to remind me that he’s got me even when I’m to busy to see it at times.

  10. Martha Richardson says:

    Wow, does this hit home. I started a new job last May and ever since my boss has given me more and more work to do. I have tried to talk to her and explain that I cannot get it all done but she insists that I can. I have been working seven days a week, even skipping church to try to get my work done, but still can’t. Two weeks ago I finally had a meltdown. I decided I was going to get fired if I couldn’t get my work done. I was devastated. My sister had an entirely different perspective of my situation. She said that it was a good thing that I had finally realized I couldn’t do all of this work. I am 64 years old and she said God was showing me it was time for a change. So, before I got fired, I resigned and I have felt like a burden has been lifted. Now, I am asking God to guide me in my next direction and I have faith that he will. If I just listen to Him I know He will lead me down the right path from here. He will help me to find work and rest instead of all work.

  11. Michelle Nietert says:

    I love ❤️ that you affirm God created Busy women who are wired to work! May we trust Him more so we can do only what we are called to and fully rest as we all do busy better. Grateful for this message and your book. Happy 4th 🇺🇸 all 🎉

  12. Lisa V. says:

    I’d like to take more time to listen to God’s still voice and obey when He tells me to rest. It may not be a full day but I recognize there are times when I’m going, going, going and I need to say to myself it is ok to stop, and thank God for the strength and ability to work. I think we including myself may often forget that God DID rest and it was good. For me it’s about prioritizing what is important during the week and resting with sweet satisfaction of my work and then time with my Lord.

  13. Being Under Satan’s Yoke. Message from church on Sunday was about taking time to BE STILL . Psalm 46:10

  14. I too am often busy, and can justify it a hundred different ways. Recently, however, I have been waking up late on weekends, and can literally only do what seems to me, very little during the day. At first I was frustrated with myself, because I just didn’t get everything on my to do list completed. Now I realize that these are days led by God. When I look back at the end of the day, all the necessary work was completed, but I didn’t feel rushed or irritated. My husband has observed that I’m much calmer on those days, and we often have time to visit family & friends, or spend extra time with each other. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to say yes to each invitation that comes my way. Rest appears in many different ways, and I look forward to those days that I can let go. God gives me what I need, but it’s up to me to accept it. Thank you for this devotion!

  15. WOW! I really needed to read this this morning. Its was a long weekend in Canada as we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday! I work 6 days a week so Sundays are church and chores. Only having Sundays “off”, doesn’t give me a lot of time to clean the house, do laundry, cook meals for the week, do groceries, and well forget visiting family or friends (on the Sunday atleast). I was looking forward to a long weekend to take a day for myself and rest as I definitely needed it, and Monday to be productive. Well yesterday wasn’t productive at all – I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything and I felt so guilty! I should of mowed the lawn, I should of cleaned the house, I should of done the laundry, “could of / should of” = guilt. I’m back at work today kicking myself for not taking advantage of the extra days – then I saw this email. I knew I had to ready right away. What a God-incidence! Thank you!

  16. I grew up in a legalistic denomination where we rushed and fretted to get things done by sundown on Friday, as we observed the 7th day sabbath. As a child and teenager, about the only thing I remember from this is staring at the sun as it went down (always too slowly!) on Saturday evening so I could go play and do “fun” again. The Sabbath, as our denomination observed it, was never a truly joyful thing. It was a day of ‘can’t do this” and “don’t do that”. So thankful that my eyes were eventually opened, and a true sabbath is now delicious and wonderful to me!

    • I’ve seen many articles about JOY-filled activities for the Sabbath which have given me great ideas for things I would love to pursue on that special day with God (and His Kingdom). If you have any you recommend, please share. THX!

  17. Katrina Burton says:

    This was an amazing devotion. I read these all the time and love them!!!!

    If we truly trusted God, we would not look for work to supply our needs. God would be our provider and work would be our calling. And rest would be a gift, not something we resent because it keeps us from working.

    This right here cut deep. Definietly hit here. My husband is in pharmacy school and he didnt do so well on his last final. So we are trying to figure everythinf out. God is our provider not a job. Thanks so much keep up the great work!

  18. Sue Roberts says:

    I was married short of 25 yrs. Almost all of those years i work 2 jobs. Being divorced for 3 years, i am still working 2 jobs. 1 retail and 1 school. I recently resigned my school position. Very little increase in 5 yrs. At this point i need a job to replace it. My retail job won’t promote me because i ask for Sunday mornings off to minister at my church. Plus it’s the only day my boys and I can be together. I don’t live fancy and i so enjoy serving at my church. I am definitely busy . But i try to do it God’s way though i don’t always succeed.

  19. Melanie R says:

    Thank you for sharing this important insite! I agree that “busy” doesn’t need to equal “bad” – it’s when we are working for our glory (our control, our pride) instead of working for Gods’ specific purpose for our lives and His glory (building His kingdom, serving His people) that we get into trouble. We need to check out motivations and take time to rest and reflect.
    Tornados and two year olds.. both very busy… but both require a lot of cleaning up after they have gone through 🙂

  20. Sabrina McElwee says:

    Perfection and comparison are the two big lies that Satan uses to get me to be over busy.

    I have started getting better and accepting that my house is never going to be spotless. And my life isn’t like others. I work a full time job as does my husband and then we have two kids.

    I have started making it a point to try and rest some on Sunday afternoon. Even if it means just laying on the couch and watching tv. It can also mean putting away the laundry and watching tv. But rest is something I’ve learned is important for us. I think that’s why God mentions it several times in His Word.

  21. Amen and Thank you, Glynnis! Happy Independence Day (on many levels, right!?!)!

    As we know, our Omni-WonderFul God did not require REST on His Sabbath, He Chose to REST in order to enJOY every part of His completed, perfect Creation and to model the behavior He expects from us. We can choose to REST, also, to enJOY His Creation (Hebrews 4:9-11 and so many more), and choose to Accept His Gift of the Sabbath. It IS a Gift… check it out by doing it… multi-tasking is gone on His Seventh Day! It’s always ok to continue to go to worship services on Sundays or any day of the week (see below).

    Friendly reminder to our brothers & sisters: We can’t change God’s definition of Marriage (Genesis 2:24) NOR God’s definition of His Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3… a whole book before “the law” was given to His People, who are now all believers). The Sabbath begins at sunset on Fridays & lasts until sunset on Saturdays. God defined each “day” in Genesis 1…. “there was EVENING (1st), there was morning, the 1st day”… “there was evening, there was morning, the 2nd day”, and 4 more verses in Genesis 1… meaning that HIS days begin at sunset… beautiful… evening to morning! We don’t have to change our modern “days” (beginning at midnight), but when we honor God, we need to use His definition of “days”, “marriage” and His “Sabbath”. As we know (e.g., Marriage), we don’t hate anyone based on the crosses that they carry thru life, but we don’t change God’s definitions to fit their crosses. We can’t cherry-pick the Bible (or throw away the Old Testament… it is FILLED with Jesus… perhaps even a large percentage of the Old Testament IS Jesus! Regardless, who can disregard our Triune God in any way thru the O.T.?). Remember that it is imperfect MANkind who punished Sabbath and Passover (Good Friday = crucifixion day) worship with death. Our church leaders have never corrected that intentional, politically-motivated power-play (from c. 325 A.D. by an Emperor, Constantine). We ARE God’s royal priesthood since Christ’s death… we MAY (must) read His Word and interpret it ourselves since the Veil is Torn and Gone (thanks to Jesus, there’s now NO middle-man… no church minister, especially not if that ‘teaching person’ continues to enforce a lie, or overlook it… that’s a nicer way to say it). It is my opinion that flawed church ministers are too embarrassed about this 1700-year error that they push Scripture verses to support the political-power-play committed by Constantine (while the referenced Scripture is actually saying something else). Each individual (His royal priesthood), each family may correct the error of that flawed, human, politically-motivated MAN, Constantine.

    Side note: Jesus worshiped on the Sabbath. Paul worshiped at synagogue on Saturdays and gathered his ‘Flock’ of Christians on at least 2 Sundays (Acts 20:7). We may worship ANY and every day of the week. It is a wonder-full sign of Love for God (our #1 Commandment according to Jesus is to LOVE God). The Apostle John mentions “the Lord’s Day” in Revelation 1:10 – – church leaders have pretended that John means Sundays – – yet, every Bible reference (and Rev. 1:10) points to “the Lord’s Day” as being the day that God (Jesus) displays His wrath with the disobedient & evil people of the world (Isaiah 13:6, 9; Joel 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31; Amos 5:18; etc.). Let us not forget, that John was a Jew (who KNEW the Old Testament!) and Jewish-born Jesus obeyed every one of God’s commands. Christ said, He did NOT come to ABOLISH the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17-18… why would His commandment of Rest not still be valid just as Jesus celebrated the Sabbath), the Sabbath is a shadow of believers’ eternal, heavenly Rest With God. Jesus helped us determine what “to do” and “what is no longer needed” in His New Covenant: Jesus instructed a new definition of “the Law” to be… if our behavior reflects a Love for God (our #1 priority), it’s important… if our behavior reflects a Love for Others (our #2 priority), we should do it (Matthew 22:37-40 and others). The Sabbath Rest is a HUGE behavior and relationship-day of Love With God… it is also a day of Love-filled behavior with Family, Friends, Believers and the Needy, and a day to celebrate our future, heavenly, full-time cohabitation with God! Therefore, Matthew 22:37-40 translates into saying that the Sabbath Rest is a WONDER-Full way to follow God’s commandments! Repeating… God’s definition of the Sabbath (and Marriage) have Not changed due to Constantine… or any other imperfect human (as we all are).

    ok… sharing God’s Love as Jesus instructed! Celebrate the 4th… but, celebrate the days God asks us to celebrate as well (Leviticus 23 sacred assembly instructions: share our thanks for what God HAS done in Jesus [the Cross, the Resurrection & Pentecost]… forgiven & righteous & full of His Spirit so that we can follow our resurrected Jesus… and the certainty of the eternal gifts He Will share with us in the future… The Rapture, Atonement for future believers and The Marriage Supper, living with God for eternity… How can we NOT celebrate those dates?!). Read up on how God’s Feasts pertain to Christians. Don’t make the same error as Constantine & church leaders who wanted to distance themselves from Jews. God gave His instructions to His People, which now includes every believer of Jesus. That’s His instructions to you & to me.

    If it shows Love for God (and/or to others), it is still a valid requirement.

    As a royal priest, God’s ask each of us to understand His Word and not depend on imperfect (or politically-motivated) mankind to spoon-feed centuries of errors to us. XO!

    Thankful for this morning’s thunder-boomers and the accompanying rain! 🙂

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Great devotion! Thank you!!!

  23. This is so timely, amazing how God knows what we need. I just had my second baby And I am a teacher so I am off work for many more weeks. I have been struggling being a stay-at-home mom and finding my way and feeling very guilty for this. I love my children so very much and I also enjoy working. I have been feeling very guilty over this, specifically this week. I am so very thankful for the time I get to spend with my children and for my very supportive husband and all those who help with my kiddos. God is good and continues to provide our needs both emotional and physical. I need to remember Hid truths when guilt and doubt creep in.

  24. Wonderful, thank you. Glynnis, I am reading your book Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day. I am only half-way through but it’s already changed me and my life. God designed us to require rest! And a Sabbath rest — a day of intentional rest and devotion of our time to the Lord — refreshes us from the previous week and prepares us for the next to do those “best work” things God prepared for us to do. Thank you for sharing what God has taught you.

  25. A lie that has prompted me to be over-busy is when co-workers state they can not do what they need to do, I usually end up with their share of the responsibility on top of my own work load. I feel that if I don’t take it on, it won’t get done, and I know now, that is a lie. I need to work on this.

  26. Awesome devotion! Thank you! I ordered your book and can’t wait to get it. This week I am resting and evaluating my busy schedule to decern where I can slow down some… be healthier …do busy better.. and rest. Your devotion and book are right on time for me! God Bless You and Happy 4th of July!!

  27. I wanted to mention that God’s will and direction and plan for my life is most important and I trust in His plan. He does let us know what to let go of and what to keep even tho it is difficult to let go sometimes!!! In letting go … I find He replaces it with something better for our life!! ❤️

  28. beth warren says:

    Too busy is when you feel that when you do not get it done (mundane task, racing here and there, working late, picking up dinner when no one eats together) that is where the devil works in. He works on you to say it is okay. We did it many years we ran our own business 7 days a week, then decided we and employees needed rest so we put a sign in front explaining our reason for closing on Sundays. We had customers who never came in before come in and buy something for their neighbors dog to support our decision. In 2013 I was put on disability because of heart disease…I have found I can work like the demon wants or I can work at a steady pace and give the glory to God for having another day on earth, a pet I adopted who is my constant companion (named Shadow for that reason), but I have learned rest is necessary so nothing on my list has to be done now or even today. So when my body is tired and my mind tries to push me into thinking it is wrong to quit I go to God and know it is ok to stop for a day, several or even a season.

  29. Susan G. says:

    I love the definition of “busy”…sounds so differently than what one would think.
    I also love the truth that God designed work to be a healthy part of our lives. The enemy will try to distort everything good God intends for us…but he will always lose when we seek God!
    Thanks for this!

  30. We must try to give the Lord thanks and praise. Some people work every Sunday,some work every other weekend.
    Some people just do not work. Give the Lord, thanks and praise. Give the praise everyday.

  31. Janice Alston says:

    Thus is so me. Always so busy doing nothing. Love this devotion, I have retired, and is still so busy. Simetimes I create work, but I have a daily schedule that I keep. I have to go here, do this, and really isn’t accomplishing nothing. We all should remember as God did all his work, and rest on the Sabbath day, and keep it Holy. Would love reading this book. Thanks, I love it.

  32. Stacey Rhoads says:

    Wow… did I ever need to read this! My to do list is so long that half the items bleed over into the next one I prepare. Overworked, busy, I need this book!!!

  33. Michele says:

    Thank you Glynnis. I’ve read your blog for several years now and always learn a lot, but this one hits home the most. I have been too busy my whole life, but couldn’t “see” it until I watched my 17 year old become too busy….I shared this devotion with him, and we will start over today with God’s help, and help from your book!

  34. Bethany Jorgensen says:

    This was so timely!! Could you explain more about what how one does their work as a calling?

  35. Marie B says:

    Yes, Satan had lied to us in the past and was blinded with it. My husband and I worked very hard at a ministry for 4 years day and night without pay. The president/pastor of the ministry told us that he doesn’t have any money to pay us and yet he charged us rent at the house we were living at on ministry property that he personally owns. We also paid for all utilities and took care of the big yard. He doesn’t have money to pay us but yet he gets paid. He kept saying that we are doing this for the kingdom of God and our rewards are in heaven and he expects us to pay all of our living expenses. We spent all our savings and got into debt. One day I told my husband that I really believe that it it not God’s heart to be in debt. Scripture says owe no man nothing. First he didn’t agree with me, so I prayed and prayed and cried to the Lord to get us out of there. My husband is very sweet so the pastor took advantage of him and control him a lot. My husband became very fearful to leave. After a whole year of hard praying God answered my prayer and sent a sweet retired couple to speak with my husband and showed him the truth and that we needed to leave. With God’s grace and blessings we did. My husband got a full time paying job and now we are close to be debt free. Hallelujah! The Lord is awesome!

  36. Christianeze psycho-babble.

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