Practicing Weekly RESTs and Daily RESETs

All Campuses  |  Published on November 10, 2019


As part of the Real Life series, Pastor Robby is challenging our church family to slow down and develop a regular pattern of rest and intentional time with God. Here are two tools that can help.

Practicing a Daily RESET

A RESET begins when you take fifteen to twenty minutes to turn off all of the distractions around you. Sit in silence for one to two minutes, allowing yourself to settle into the quiet. Then, spend a few minutes contemplating each of the following items:

You can download these steps as a phone wallpaper here: Regular Screens | Large Screens

Relationships: Start by focusing on Jesus’ commandment to love God and love others. Ask God to reveal unconfessed sin in your life, including the areas where you have yet to be obedient. Consider how you may have wronged others, and think through areas where you may need to ask for their forgiveness.

Environment: Take a few moments to notice your surroundings and intentionally enjoy God’s creation. Take in the beauty of what He has created with your eyes, and close your eyes for a moment to listen to the sounds of the natural word.

Scripture: This is the center of your RESET. Meditate on what you read during your quiet time. Ponder what you wrote down in your HEAR journal. Ask God to apply His truth to your life.

Emotions: Ask God intentional questions about your emotional health. “Am I harboring negative thoughts? Am I fearful or anxious?” Also consider how these emotions are manifesting in your body through stress and tension. Submit these things to God so that He can carry the burden.

Thankfulness: End your RESET by naming the things you’re thankful for, specifically and intentionally. Avoid generalities, but instead name individual moments, people, and answered prayers. Close your time by focusing on God’s goodness.

Practicing Weekly REST

You can download these steps as a phone wallpaper here: Regular Screens | Large Screens

Retreat: Get away for time with God in silence and solitude.

Enjoy: Spend time enjoying God. The goal of the Sabbath, according to the rabbis, is to delight in God.

Stop: Sabbath means to stop or cease. By detaching from what we normally engage in, we are reminded that God is God, and we are not. You may think you can’t break away from work for an extended period of time, but God will honor your rest. He was in control before you came on the scene and will be in control long after you’re gone.

Talk: Devote time to conversing with God, but don’t speak the entire time. Sit and listen to God. Sitting and waiting on the Lord can teach us in ways that words can’t. Sit in God’s presence with no agenda. Notice his creation. Enjoy his company.

Share and Discuss