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January, 2012  
Hi ,

Happy New Year!!

I hope that you were able to have some restful times during the last week or so after a busy Advent and Christmas season. 

Speaking of rest, how good are you at maintaining a Sabbath in your weekly schedule? As the Lord needed rest after creating the heavens and earth, so those of us in ministry need rest as we do his work week in and week out. Can you honestly say that you protect one day a week on a consistent basis?

And what about taking one or two - or three or four - short breaks or mini-vacations during the year. Have you cared for yourself by making sure you engage in those as well? And occasionally, a special time of renewal or sabbatical may be in order. 

In its 2012 National Clergy Renewal Program, the Lilly Endowment anticipates awarding as many as 150 grants of up to $50,000 each directly to Christian congregations for the support of a renewal program for their pastor. If this is of interest to you, read more at this link

"There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God," Hebrews 4:9

Your body, mind and spirit must be rested in order to function in the way God designed you to function... to care for the flock He's given you. I encourage you protect a Sabbath as part of your devotion to the Lord and your commitment to care for your body, his temple. One practical way to do this is to take time right now to mark out some "down time" on your calendar so that it's scheduled. Then, follow through with your plans by taking the time to renew yourself.

Please let me know if I can pray for you in any specific way

Continue to be Christ to a hurting world and to God's children, and have a blessed January.

Your Brother in Christ,

Dale Fletcher, M.S.
Founder, Faith and Health Connection

P.S. In December, we completed our 12-week Faith and Health Ambassador beta course for 10 participants. The results were terrific! Read about how these Ambassadors, and others to be trained in 2012, will be making a difference for the Kingdom of God at
this link.

P.P.S. After I wrote this email, I read an excellent article about rest that appeared in Charles Stanley's monthly In Touch Magazine. It's at this link.