“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 NIV
Wholeness takes time.
Abundant life in Christ includes abundant rest in Him.
Resting from trying to figure it all out.
Resting from worrying yourself sick.
Resting from trying to control everything and have the answers for everything.
“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.
The One who called you is completely dependable.
If he said it, he’ll do it!”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 MSG
Take a deep breath, slow down.
The very best thing you can do is rest in Him.
The Lord isn’t slow in keeping His promises, He is faithful to complete what He has started and is completely dependable.
Let Jesus work.
God knows real change takes time and He is willing to wait.
Rest in Him today and give yourself permission to stop worrying about things you can’t control.
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;”
Psalm 37:7 NIV
I don’t wait well if I’m tired.
I don’t wait patiently if I am soul-drained and just telling me to “be still” doesn’t help me be still.
The Hebrew word used for “be still” in this verse doesn’t mean for your body to not move, it means to be silent.
It means to silent your mind, quiet the overthinking and obsessive worrying.
Stop talking about it.
Stop thinking about it.
Stop dwelling on it.
Calm your mind.
Clear your thoughts.
Create space in the silence.
Be in the quiet.
I know it is hard.
We aren’t used to it, so start with 60 seconds of quieting your mind. Bring it back to stillness when it wanders. Give yourself grace. If you make it 60 seconds, add 60 seconds more because in that silent space is the peace you are looking for. God is there waiting to meet you and you don’t need words, you need Him. The longer you stay there, the stronger this “stillness muscle” grows, the more you will capture the grace of God to apply and live in today.
It is how you fill up your tired soul.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV
The Greek word for “rest” in Matthew 11:28 means:
1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength
2) to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest
3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation
It is an invitation from Jesus to stop your work and invest in rest.
Make time to stop producing, stop creating and simply breathe.
Take a minute or an hour to do something that fills your soul.
Close your eyes so you can really see what is going on inside of you.
Open your eyes to love the people who are around you.
It is not a one-time invitation, it is a spiritual investment for a lifestyle of trust.
Jesus is saying “come to me” whenever you need to rest and as often as you need to rest.
Are you soul tired today?
Come to Jesus, His arms are open for you.
“But GOD’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. GOD takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Isaiah 30:18 MSG
You can’t see what God is doing “behind the scenes” in your life but I know He is working.
You don’t know how He is going to meet your needs, but I know that He will.
You don’t have to worry about the whys or hows. You can rest in the truth that He knows them.
God is not finished with your life. He has more for you.
Jesus took all that separates God from you so that you can receive all He has for you.
I am praying that today you will experience God’s matchless, unbroken companionship while you wait. While you wonder what is going to happen. While you worry about the unknown future.
I am praying that you will experience His victory, favor, love, peace, and joy, while you wait.
I believe that God is preparing things for you right now and that they will be right on time (maybe not your time but in His time).
While you wait, trust.
While you trust, worship.
While you worship, rest.
Have an amazing day enjoying what you have while you wait for what God is preparing for you.
“If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:23 NIV
When life gets loud, stressful and fear-filled, listening gets difficult.
With all there is to listen to for up to date information and then all the things we do to distract us from it all, it can be difficult to hear what God is saying to us.
Jesus is always communicating with you. He is always speaking truth to you.
Today is a day to listen.
To quiet everything.
To step back and breathe.
To quiet the stress, the worries, the distractions, the screens, social media, or anything else that is draining your ability to hear Jesus.
Jesus is speaking to you and He has something that He wants you to hear clearly.
I am asking Jesus to give you ears to hear and to prepare a quiet place for you to receive His word for you today.
What is creating the most internal noise in your life right now?
What do you need to do to quiet down the external noise to be able to hear God’s voice better?
What is Jesus saying to you today?
Today I want to remind you that you have a place of refuge in Christ. A fortress of strength to love from. A tower of trust to give from.
Live from the truth of who Jesus is and what he has done for you on the cross.
You are restored and redeemed.
You are accepted and forgiven.
You are cherished and loved.
When the strong sun of adversity beats down, rest in Shaddai’s shadow. Tuck yourself into His side and remind yourself whose you are.
“You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: ‘GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!’ That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.”
Psalm 91:1-5 MSG
When fear screams the loudest, run to the refuge of the cross. Jesus died for you so that you could have this: an unhindered relationship with your Father in heaven who has strong arms and strong love.
Hide in Him.
He’s got you covered.
The road to freedom is dotted with many parking places.
Places were you stop to rest and recover.
Friend, you are on a life journey with Jesus. Don’t get stuck at a rest stop. Don’t start living at the gas station. Don’t let a parking place become a permanent place.
Parking places are meant to be a temporary place to stop, not a final destination – you do what you need to do and then get back on the road.
You are made to be free to live in the powerful freeing truth of God’s love for you.
Don’t settle where you are.
“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?”
Galatians 5:7 NLT
Don’t get distracted.
Jesus has new places for you see, new people to meet and new opportunities to glorify God.
Rest stops are important but aren’t meant to be permanent.
Get back on your road.
Someone out there needs you.
What has gotten you off track on your journey with Jesus?
What is holding you back from following the truth?
What do you need to do today to get back on the road of truth?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
It is hard to not lean on your own understanding.
Your understanding is made of what you know, what you have learned, what you have been taught and tucked into your back pocket as experience. In the other pocket, you have stuffed the disappointments, the failures, the mistakes that you don’t want to make again. Either way, you are leaning on what you know. You make decisions based on past experiences and knee-jerk reactions from what you fear happening again.
How is that working for you?
Yeah, it isn’t working for me either.
How do you to change? How do you learn to trust God and lean on His understanding, His truth, His knowledge, and His power?
Lean back on God, do the trust fall. Obey God without knowing what is going to happen or how it is going to work out.
Do the right thing.
Trust Him, He will catch you.
Step out in faith. He will guide you and show you how to walk in a new way according to His truth.
Instead of your go-to, knee-jerk reaction, go to your knees and ask God what your next step should be.
Prayer is a retreat.
A retreat from the world and the battles you fight in it.
The word “retreat” is a military term. It means to get off the battlefield, to quit fighting, back out and regroup.
Prayer is creating time with God to regroup, reassess, restrategize and recover.
“May God look you full in the face and make you prosper”.
Numbers 6:26 MSG
The word for “prosper” here in the original Hebrew is “shalom” and often translated as peace. Shalom is the peace that comes after the conflict and the quietness that comes after the chaos.
At its core, “Shalom” means the type of wholeness that comes after being broken.
Fighting a battle when you’re exhausted, wounded and discouraged never works.
Are you exhausted, wounded, or discouraged?
Then it is time to pray.
To take a step back, find a quiet place with God so He can repair what is broken, remind you of His purpose and arm you with His vision.
Jesus has given you full access to God’s presence.
Enter in and rest.
He is waiting for you.
My prayer is that you would get off the battlefield for a while and allow God to love you to wholeness.
Stay there as long as you need to.