(Last year's family beach vacation photo)


“For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish.” Hebrews 4:10-11 (NIV)


I start to write this blog as I sit on the balcony outside my bedroom, watching my sister-in-law, Lisa, gather up toys, towels, trash, beach bags and baby hats off the beach and carrying them up the walk toward our beach house.  Just a few years ago, we were in each other’s place as I was the one rounding up all my children’s “beach stuff” that they would leave behind on the beach.  Now she is doing the same for the next generation: her grandkids. 


Rest takes work.


(View after the nightly beach clean-up.) 


Miss Kay and her sister, Aunt Ann, will be driving up any minute from their annual run to the farmer’s market in town where they have stocked up on fresh fruits and vegetables and will be starting on tonight’s dinner of homemade chicken and dumplings, corn on the cob, black eyed peas and hot water cornbread (after bribing John Luke to carry up their bags from the car, no doubt). 


Rest takes work.


This is all expected on this single day during our annual Robertson beach vacation. This is Year 22. Reed had just had his first birthday when we started this tradition (we didn’t know it would turn into a tradition then), and we just celebrated his 22nd birthday a couple of nights ago.  I still remember the first condo we stayed in, with three bedrooms and a loft that Miss Kay rented for us. There were 12 of us then, and we thought we were a big family. There are 40 of us now, with one on the way. We take up 18 bedrooms plus 4 hall bunks, and we all pitch in to make it happen.


Rest takes work.


How many of you can relate on how much work goes into planning and preparing for vacation? Lisa spends hours just trying to find a house every year that will accommodate our small army!  When my boys were little, I would start washing clothes and making a list of items to bring days before we left. Then it’s a run to Wal-Mart for sunscreen, snacks, medicine, etc. Suitcases were the least of what was packed.  There were the floaties, life jackets, baby hats, portable crib, stroller, formula, etc.  Oh yeah, then there were Jase’s and my stuff! Jase would end up calling me out each year because he could see that I was completely stressed by the time we got into the car! But by the time we pulled out onto the highway, I would feel the stress start to dissipate. 


Rest takes work.


This week we have a three-year-old, a two-year-old and two one-year-olds. It can be a little loud at times and a lot dirty, especially with 11 other kids fifteen and under running in and out of the house constantly.  Let’s just say you grow another layer on the bottom of your feet that exists completely of sand (and maybe a few smashed Cheerios). No matter how much you sweep or vacuum, you can never get completely rid of it.   


Rest takes work.


There isn’t a whole lot in the Bible that talks about the importance of rest except for one day a week, the Sabbath.  That stemmed from what would be considered the most famous passage about resting after work, “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”  - Genesis 2:2-3


Yesterday morning, all 40 of us gathered together with our coffee, Bible and Reed with his guitar.  We sang worship songs like, “What A Beautiful Name” and “Good Good Father” and listened as Jase lead our thoughts through scripture of how we need to look to Jesus for our ultimate healing. He read from Numbers 21:9 when Moses made a bronze snake and told the Israelites that anyone who was bitten by a snake would be healed when they looked at the sculpture.  Jesus referred to it again in John 3:14.  Was there power in the bronze snake? No. The power was their belief that God could heal them.  God heals us now through his son Jesus.  We were reminded as a family to keep looking to Jesus for our eternal healing. 


To hear from Miss Kay, Alan, Sadie and others who shared their hearts was both inspiring and comforting.  Knowing that, even with all our individual flaws and continual mess-ups, when we listen to each other’s hearts, we understand and are reminded that we are all trying to keep Jesus front and center.


It’s not easy getting 40 of us (and growing) together in the same week each year with all our kids, grandkids, gear, golf clubs, etc. to “rest”, and honestly, I’m not sure how long God will continue to grant this time to us, but I pray that He will. 


God encouraged His people to take one day out of the week to rest and focus on Him.  In today’s lifestyle, Sundays are quite full of work.  We usually find ourselves working 7 days a week.  That’s why our vacation is so important to us.  Even now, on vacation, I’m working on my blog and checking in all day long with my business back home.  I’m not sure we, as Americans, can really and truly separate rest from work.  But I believe we should try. 


Yesterday morning, it was refreshing to see everyone in our family focused on God and not on a smart phone, all at the same time.  We were focused on the scripture and listening to His word.  Even rounding everyone up to stop and focus took some effort.


Rest takes work.


But even God rested. 


Plan a week of rest and focus. You’ll be glad you did.


Have a wonderful week!


Arica Shepherd:

You and your family are a true blessing. I am so inspired by what the Robertsons stand for. God sure has blessed you with intelligent, caring and faithful kids. I personally want to thank you for your posts and blogs. You truthfully never know who’s heart you are actually touching or helping by sharing his word. ??

Jun 12, 2017


Thank you Missy for always sharing your heart and the love God has for each of us.

May 29, 2017

Tiffany :

Rest does take work… but it’s always worth the effort.❤️ Have a Fabulous Day Sweet Missy.?

May 23, 2017


Thank you for sharing your family times. You all are such an inspiration and example of how a family can walk with God and be grounded in Him and be blessed by Him. I admire the way you all honor Him and the example you set.

May 23, 2017

Lisa G Jump:

Thank you Missy.

May 23, 2017

Sheila A. :

Thank you for this encouraging word Missy❣️

May 23, 2017

Lisa Smith:

This was such an encouraging message and just what I needed after the trying day at work I had. Thank you for your words of wisdom. God Bless you and your family! Enjoy your vacation!

May 22, 2017


I don’t see Phil in these photos.
I hope he was there…

May 22, 2017

LeeDell Cook:

Thank you so much for sharing this. I would covet your prayers for my husband, as it seems now that our children are grown it’s more difficult to get him to take a week off here and there for rest/recreation, even though we can afford it more now than we could when our children were small. I crave that more and more but we have had it less and less. I apologize for my rambling…thank you again. I love reading your posts. Your genuine and real which is so refreshing in today’s society.

May 22, 2017

Jenny Byers :

How my faith has grown these past few years as I’ve hit my 40’s, I so long for my family to have faith as yours does. I feel sad as I write this as my husband of 18 years last week and I just don’t see eye to eye on faith, family, and a lot for that matter these days. We dated 8 years prior to marriage and had 5 great years to ourselves before we had our children whom were both planned, but we have grown apart in the past few years, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Me and the kids Sam 14, and Emma 9, joined a church about 5 years ago and are faithful attendees and are very actively involved, and I feel that Craig has felt threatened by our faith. I don’t agree with somethings he does, but I will always love him. Please help me pray for him, me and my Church family “Calvary Worship”, have prayed and I’ve hid annoited cloths everywhere I can think to, but Satan works hard against my house, though I claim it on a daily basis and rebuke him and tell him to get behind thee. I ask for your prayers over my family. Thank you for sharing yours it’s very inspiring to see God’s work in the lives of others, I’m ready to be one of those lives he is beginning a great work in! God Bless from The Byers house to The Robertsons house.
Amen ??
Faithful in Western North Carolina

May 22, 2017

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