Let All That I Am

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.”    Psalm 62:5 NLT

All that I am

Daughter, wife, mother, friend, dreamer, detailer, realist, writer, speaker, cook, cleaner, pastor, inspirer, frail, my own worst critic, stubborn, strong, passionate, fearful, faithful, wonder-full, beauty-full, worry-full, redeemed, restored.

Rest…

Hush anxious thoughts. Put down the to-do list. Quiet fear. Close the door. Rest in abandon. Embrace peace. Breathe silence. Cease to think, worry, or wonder. Just be.

Before God…

Not before bills. Not before responsibilities. Not before failures and faults nor achievements or success. Before God the Creator, Provider, Peace Maker, Redeemer, Savior, Lord, Father. Sovereign, Merciful, Strong, and Gentle. Powerful, Passionate, and Purposeful.

For my hope…

Tender expectations of possibility. Easily bruised. Unrealistic. Fantastic. Wonderful. Amazing. Hope.

Is in Him…

Wrapped in the arms of grace surrounding the soul. Hope not in temporal things but in the eternal One God in three expressions- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Hope not in temporal circumstances but in the embodiment of LOVE itself.  

An Invitation to Stop

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

Matthew 11:28 NIV

This is Jesus’ invitation to you to stop striving and rest.

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 His invitation for you to take a minute or an hour to simply stop.

Stop producing, stop creating and simply breathe.

Close your eyes to look at what is going on inside of you.

Remember that your value to God is not what you do but who you are.

You are His beloved child.

He loves you when you are “doing good.”

He loves you when you are struggling.

He loves you when you are failing.

He loves you.

It is not a one-time invitation, it is a a daily invitation to come to Jesus and be reminded who you are.

Are you tired?

Come to Jesus, His arms are open.

The Place of Refuge

“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

I want to remind you today that you have a place of refuge.

You have a fortress of strength to love from. 

You have a tower of trust to give from.

Your refuge, your strength and your tower is Jesus Christ Himself.

No matter what you are going through today, Jesus opens His arms to you and invites you to come to Him. He stands beside you and invites you to rest in His love.

When the sun of adversity beats down, rest in Shaddai’s shadow. Tuck yourself into His side and remind yourself whose you are. When fear screams the loudest, run into His arms.

Fear nothing. 

Hide in Him. 

He is your place of refuge and rest.

Don’t Settle

“You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth?”

Galatians 5:7 NLT

As you run your race, you will be tempted to pull over and park.

To stop because you are tired or hide because you are burned out.

Rest stops are important but are not meant to be permanent.

Don’t get stuck.

Don’t comprise.

Don’t settle.

Use the rest time to refill and recharge.

Then get back out there and run your race in Christ.

Where are you settling?

What do you need to do to get back on track?

Yours to Experience

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

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Where you dwell is where you live. 

Where you wake up in the morning, brush your teeth and get ready for your day. 

It is the place where all your “stuff” is, no matter how much stuff you have. 

It is the place at the end of the day that you surrender to sleep and recharge.

You are made to dwell in the shelter of God’s presence. 

To wake to His love, live in His love, rest in His love.

This is the reality bought for you through the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

It is yours to experience.

May you dwell in the center of God’s love today.

When You Are Done

When you are so tired, you don’t even know what you need.

When you have forgotten why you are doing what you are doing.

When you are done.

Stop.

Get some time with Jesus, whatever that looks like for you.

Lay your life down.

Doesn’t that feel good?

Rest in His love and leadership.

Invite Him to take over, to lead, to live through you.

Lay down your agenda and ask Him to show you His.

Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.” – Jesus , Matthew 28:11, MSG

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.

Rest Is

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

Isaiah 30:15 NIV

Rest is spiritual and powerful.

It is an indispensable weapon of warfare.

It is when you turn from fear and launch yourself into God’s arms.

It is to pause the relentless cycle of thoughts fueled by fear or the need to control everything and everyone.

It is choosing to trust God with your world.

It is getting out and enjoying God’s creation.

It is laughing with your friends.

It is playing your favorite game with people you love.

It is one of the most powerful things you can do.

Rest is essential and as you rest, God’s power flows.

Stressed?

“So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11 TPT

Are you stressed?

Of course you are, so am I.

There is a lot to be stressed about.

That is why you need to rest.

That is why you need to take a break from fear.

Take a holiday from doubt.

Take a permanent vacation from unbelief.

Forget it all and make space to remember who you are in God and who God is in you.

You are God’s child redeemed by the blood of Jesus, embraced within the Father’s heart and filled with the Spirit of love, power and a sound mind for all that you will face.

Break away from stress today and take as much time as you need to rest in the truth of this.

Resting Is Not Optional

“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

Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional – Your body needs it every day.

So does your soul.

You are made to work and to rest.

To give and to refill.

To refuel and refresh.

Rest isn’t just about stopping, it is about refueling energy.

You need to refuel the energy of your body and soul, spirit, and mind.

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

It isn’t optional.

It is mandatory.

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?

How will you recharge your soul this week?