Real Rest

 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.

Psalms 91:1 NIV

You were made for rest and rest is God’s gift to recharge you.

Truly resting is the commitment to honor God and honor the body He gave you.

Real rest is a lifestyle of accepting God’s love, care, provision and salvation.

Real rest is having a daily relationship with the Most High God and letting Him bear your burdens.

Real rest is leaning of His strength when you don’t have any.

It is not a waste of time but a way to make the most of it.

It is not about being lazy but about being wise.

Rest is not a frivolous excuse to get out of something, it is the conscious choice to trust Someone so much that you can close your eyes and sleep.

This is real rest and this is what Jesus bought for you.

Take a Day

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.”

Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV

The observance of taking a day off of work was established from the beginning.

And God was the first one to rest.

He created the world and all that was in it.

The air we breath, the bodies we inhabit, the wonder of the natural world.

Then He took a day.

He rested and celebrated.

He appreciated and enjoyed.

He called it Sabbath and told humans to do it once a week with Him.

It is still available and actually indispensable to your health.

Take a day, once a week to rest, celebrate, appreciate and enjoy this beautiful life with God.

You will be surprised at how much you need it.

You need it.

Take a day and let it revive your soul.

Turbulence

You have been redeemed by Jesus to live a God discovering, God serving, God-ordained life. 

But that doesn’t mean it is easy. 

There will be storms that you must go through. 

There will be higher altitudes to climb to. 

There will be unexpected turbulence along the way. 

I dislike turbulence. It’s always unexpected and it always makes me feel afraid as the plane passes through it before it returns to normal.

God doesn’t cause the disruptions but He will use them, if you let Him.

He will use them to teach you how not to give up. 

He will use them to strengthen your faith.

He will use them to forge your character. 

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:2-4 NIV

My friend, Jesus knows where you are on the journey and what is disrupting it. He is with you and will not leave you in it. Hold onto the truth of His love and let that truth bloom into hope.

The turbulence will cease and you will get to where God wants you to be.

Light-Bearers

“If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!”   

MATTHEW 5:16 MSG

You are a light-bearer of God’s love.

As God fills you with the light of His love, it will overflow on those around you.

Where has God put you? At work? At home? At school?

This is the stand He has placed you on, it is the hilltop to shine the light of His love for others on.

Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity – shine where you are.

Light shines brightest in the darkness.

It is needed most when the shadows of heartbreak, loss and fear are hovering.

Spend a minute or two basking in God’s unrelenting love for you. 

Then be ready when your plans change and you have an opportunity to respond grace-full-y. 

Be ready when there has been a miscommunication, you have an opportunity to lead with an apology. 

Be ready when someone lashes out and hurts you and instead of lashing out back, you bring them a bandaid of mercy. 

These are the moments when the power and love of Jesus shines through you.

You are a light-bearer of God’s love.

So shine bright, my friend, this dark world needs you.

Faith Over Fear

“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.”

Proverbs 29:25 MSG

Mankind’s definition of surviving is:

  • Do whatever it takes.
  • Grab whatever you can.
  • Serve yourself first.
  • Learn from other’s mistakes.

God’s definition of surviving is:

  • Trust Him.
  • Give whatever you can.
  • Serve others first.
  • Learn from other’s success.

My prayer for you today is that you choose God’s way of surviving instead of yours.

Never Give Up

Love never gives up.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4 MSG‬‬

So much can be communicated through a small touch.

A reassuring pat of the hand.

A hug.

A gentle tug on the elbow of someone who you want closer.

Holding a hand.

A small touch can make a bad thing okay, an okay thing good, and make a good thing great.

Small touches are difference makers in a relationship and in our lives.

They can be the first thing we unconsciously give and the first thing that we unconsciously withhold.

When we struggle, when we are angry, when we are hurt, we withhold the small touches.

It’s easy to forget how important they are to us and to those we love until we can’t give them anymore.

For your loved ones in your home, hug them, hold them, touch them.

For your loved ones outside your home, save them up, and send virtual hugs until it is safe to embrace them.

Today is my virtual hug to you.

A Life Of Joy

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!   Philippians 4:4 NIV

Rejoicing is the theme of the book of Philippians, even though the circumstances with which it was written seems to hold no reason to rejoice.

The Apostle Paul is under house arrest in Rome waiting to go before Caesar. He is cut off from his friends and chained to a guard 24 hours a day. He is not comfortable and knows that he will probably be executed.

As Jesus’ followers, joy is not contingent on circumstances, it bursts through in spite of them.

Are you missing out on joy today because you are waiting for your circumstances to warrant it?

Don’t wait one second more, joy is a fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of your circumstances (Galatians 5:22).

Receive the gift, invite some friends over and throw a joy party!

What You Want

We all have habits that we need to get rid of. However, there is a particular habit that Jesus is more concerned about breaking than the one you are thinking of: it is the desire to get your own way.

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

When we struggle, we may think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much that He will use the stressful opportunity at hand to break the habit of the-only-way-I-will-be-happy-is-when-I-get-my-way.

God has more for you than that and He calls it freedom. 

Your Take

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  

2 Peter 1:2-3

All relationships have to be give and take in order to be healthy.

This includes your relationship with God.

Your “give” to God: to journey with Him and hold nothing back.

So what is your “take”?

Your “take” is to partake of God’s promises, dwell in His presence and walk in His power in every area of your life. 

This taking is not a selfish act, it is a trusting one.

How is your relationship with Jesus today?

What do you need to recieve from Him?

What is He asking you to give?

Unlimited and Glorious

“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.”Ephesians 3:16 NLT

God has glorious and unlimited resources for you today.

You have His strength to love, to walk, to work, to hold on to hope and let go of fear.

You have His grace to cover your mistakes and feed your compassion.

You have His joy to see the beauty of humanity that is all around you.

You have His kindness to be gentle with those who are closest to you.

You have His vision to see others as He does and love them with His love.

You are empowered to live loved as a child of God and do His will on earth as it is in heaven.

Not by your strength but by His.

Not from your limited resources, but from His unlimited and glorious resources.

Not so you will “look strong” on the outside but so that you will “be strong” on the inside.

You have so much more at your disposal than you realize.

You have Jesus and He brings all of heaven with Him.