Yes, Rest.

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Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional.

You need it, every day.

You need rest for your body and for your soul, spirit, and mind.

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons but especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional.

It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

What feeds your soul?

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Unplug 


You can’t know God’s will by looking through the world’s perspective.

Unplug from it.

God’s will, his good, pleasing and perfect will for you isn’t difficult but it is very different.

Rest in him,

Renew your mind,

Refresh your heart.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Godʼs will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

How do you unplug from the world?

How do conenct with God most: the Word, worship music, a walk, nature or being with others?

What refreshes your heart?

Do whatever you need to do to draw back from the world and draw close to God today.

Restoration


I am praying for a refreshing wind of restoration to sweep away the cobwebs of past fear and past regrets that have been clinging to your soul.

That worries and wonderings of “what it’s” or “should have’s” that make no difference would be washed away because what is done is done and today is a new day. 

A new day to invite God in.

A new day to embrace the hope you have in Christ. 

A new day to walk in the power and purpose of God as if it is the first day of the rest of your life…because it is. 

There is a sweet joy that captures the soul the moment you receive the washing away of yesterday and release the white knuckling hold you have on tomorrow into God’s hands.

It’s not a bad way to start the week. 

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭51:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

May your spirit be open to new discoveries of the grace of God and well up into a new willingness to hope again. To pray again. To know Him more and better today than you did yesterday. 

Gratitude

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Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. (Psalm 116:7 NIV)

The very best way to find rest for your soul is an attitude of gratefulness.

When the world crowds you and makes you feel claustrophobic with all the “things needed ASAP”, it is good to take a moment and remind yourself that the Lord has been good to you.

It resets your perspective and returns your internal state from “fret” to rest.

And when your tired and drained you need to rest your mind and not obsess over things you can’t control anyway.

Choose rest and gratefulness today.

My Safe Place

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“For you’ve been a safe place for me, a good place to hide. Strong God, I’m watching you do it, I can always count on you— God, my dependable love.(Ps 59:17 msg) ”

When do you need a safe place?

When you are tired.
When you are afraid.
When you are overwhelmed.
When you need a place to rest, to recoup, to recover, to refresh.

I need a safe place to hide when the world crowds in and I am too tired to fight.

So I don’t.

I run to my refuge and lay down my weapons. I don’t think about what worries me or what problems lay beyond the wall. I focus on God and let worship rise from within my spirit. I sing sweet words of praise and let it cleanse my soul.

When you need a safe place, retreat into the arms of God and rest.

Let go of your worry and pick up your praise.

Shut the world out and surround yourself with worship.

Worship is the key that opens the door to your safest place.

“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. (Psalm 59:16, 17 NIV)”