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Easy Read Blog: God says it is good to rest!

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Do you have a job? Maybe you go to college, or volunteer. Maybe you clean your home and cook your dinner. The Bible says it is very good to work. But no one can work all the time. If we work too much we will make ourselves tired and ill.
 

The Bible says that we all need to rest. When we rest we don't do any work. We relax and have a break. Resting helps to keep our bodies and minds healthy. And it helps us remember that God is bigger and stronger than we are.
 

Psalms chapter 121 verses 1-4 (ERV)says:
 

I look up to the hills,

but where will my help really come from?

My help will come from the Lord,

the Creator of heaven and earth.

He will not let you fall.

Your Protector will not fall asleep.

Israel’s Protector does not get tired..

He never sleeps.


That's right! God does not get tired like we do. Sometimes I feel worried about things and that keeps me awake. But I know that I can rest and go to sleep because God is looking after me.
 

What is your favourite way to rest?


 

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Easy Read Blog: God lives in me!

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When we decide to follow Jesus, God sends his Holy Spirit to live within us. Here are some of the things the Holy Spirit does for us.
 

He helps us to follow Jesus and to do the right things. Sometimes it is hard to make good choices. But the Holy Spirit gives us the strength to do what God wants.
 

He helps us to remember the good things God says about us. Sometimes our minds tell us things that aren't true and make us feel sad. Then the Holy Spirit reminds us of things we have learned in the Bible. He reminds us that God loves us and forgives us when we make mistakes.
 

He gives us special gifts that we can use to do what God wants us to do. The Bible talks about lots of gifts that the Holy Spirit gives to people. He gives them to us to help us and help others. Click here to find out more about the gifts the Holy Spirit gives us.
 

He prays for us. Sometimes we want to pray, but we do not know which words to say to God. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit prays for us without using any words at all!
 

Sometimes it feels like God is far away. But if you believe in Jesus, you are God's home. He lives within you. That means he is always really close.
 

Let's thank God for all the things the Holy Spirit does for us.
 

Dear Father God,

Thank you for sending your Holy Spirit to live within me. Thank you for all the ways he helps me. Thank you that you are always really close to me.

Amen.

 

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Easy Read Blog: God gives us good gifts!

Cartoon people doing different activities: playing with a ball, carrying a puppy, playing guitar, holding a paint brush etcThe Bible says that God made us all different. Some people think God will only love them if they are clever or important.

 

But those things don't matter to God. He made everyone good at different things. He gave us all different gifts. He did this so we can all help each other. And he loves us all very much.

 

Here is what the Bible says:


There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit.


There are different ways to serve, but we serve the same Lord.


And there are different ways that God works in people, but it is the same God who works in all of us to do everything.


Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person. The Spirit gives this to each one to help others.


(1 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 4-7, ERV)

 

 

Here is a question for you to think about. What did God make you good at?

 

 


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We write devotional blogs to help you grow in your faith and trust God in difficult times.

We also provide easy read Bible study and discipleship resources for Christians with learning difficulties.
Jo is the author of Refresh: a wellness devotional for the whole Christian life.

 

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