Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed. — Exodus 23:12

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Refreshed! Boy that’s often hard in any time, but it’s especially hard in August, isn’t it? It’s either the dead of summer or the dead of winter depending on which side of the equator you find yourself. Either way, we need to hear God’s desire for all of us to be refreshed and to allow those around us to be refreshed in his presence, his grace, and his rest.

My Prayer…

Forgive me, God, for being so busy being busy that I don’t intentionally take time to be refreshed in your rest. Teach me gently, Father, that I need this weekly rest in your presence and with my family to be all that you want me to be, and all that I can be. Restore my soul, O God, and fill me with your restful joy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to

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