Pausing with the Lord

Dear Father in Heaven, I acknowledge that I have sometimes viewed the Bible as a list of ancient words from a far off God, and yet You breathed out each word for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. You could have left Your people in silence, but in Your love, You gave us every word we would ever need to help us do life on this sin-scarred planet. Meet me in what I’m about to read, slow me down to read as if for the first time, show me who You are, and help me see the story of Your love on every page.

Genesis 2:1-5, 15

Exodus 20:8-11

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Psalm 23

Matthew 11:28-30

Sarah Tompkins is today’s audio voice. She and her husband Ben love chasing around their three young kids, Abel, Solomon, and Lucy. Sarah enjoys being active outside with her family and being creative with new recipes in the kitchen, especially desserts! Her family has been practicing a day of rest for several months, and it has definitely become her favorite day of the week as she experiences a mental shift in how she sees her kids and husband. She has learned to take delight in them so much more, and the quiet day gives her a chance to simply have fun with them without a to-do list running through her head.

4 thoughts on “Pausing with the Lord

  1. Judith here..I’m new to UFC; thank you so much for letting me join you all for this study. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all in person one day soon. As a retired person in the midst of pandemic social distancing, I am about as physically rested as I’ve ever been. However, I appreciated the remarks yesterday about resting our minds because in these stressful days, my mind is very active. I think this is where this study is going to help me the most! Just listening to the Scripture being read today was so restful! I know there are many ways to listen to Scripture being read online and through apps. I think I am going to start doing that more. I have started a plan to read through the Bible in 2021; perhaps I will Listen Through the Bible! God bless you all!


  2. Judith, We’re so glad you’ve joined us for this study, and we do hope to get to know you in person very soon. Your point about resting our minds is so key in this time of constant messaging. We’re excited along with you for how God is going to use this study and our time reading/listening to His Word in and through us. Many Blessings.

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  3. Hello Judith and UFC; I am new and not new as well to UFC fellowship. While my family has come to in-person church services when they were permitted, none of my family ever was able to establish any relationships within the UFC church family, so I am hopeful this will be the beginning of the Lord opening that door. Our family lives on a small farm as well as care for the matters of aging parents and the concept of “rest” is not in our vocabulary. However, it is very needed. The scripture for this week and the example God gives us Himself to prioritize and be disciplined to find rest is wise and necessary. I have been in a forced period of rest coming off surgery a couple of weeks ago. This time has offered reflection on my practices and attitude toward the idea of rest and what it all means according to God’s Word. I am thankful for this study.


  4. Dear Julie, We’re so glad that you are joining us for this study. We pray, too, that this is a season in which you and your family will feel real connection with the church family of UFC, even before we are back in person. You’re not alone in this wrestling about rest! Let’s keep wrestling together. Many Blessings. — Jaime for the team


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