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Rest in the Lord

Psalm 37:7 NKJV — Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Resting in the Lord is a choice.

It’s not based on circumstances.

It’s not acted on by our perspective.

Resting in the Lord is choosing to trust God and putting all faith in Him.

It’s believing.

Scripture gives us many examples of those who chose to rest in God and those who did not.

Isaiah 30:15 NKJV — For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,

Yet the option is still open.

Each day is another opportunity to trust God, to rest in His sovereignty.

Jesus promises:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NKJV

For the burden of sin is heavy and exhausting.

Psalm 32:10 NKJV — Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.

1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV — For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The two paths, trusting God or trusting mankind (including self), are before us each day.

But those who trust in the Lord Jesus have rest.

While on Earth there is peace and security for their souls in the eternal life which awaits them in heaven.

Doubt, fear, and the world bombard our senses with lies about how to find peace and security, how to fill our lives with pleasure and good times.

The stark contrast of eternity with Christ and living a life surrendered to Him, brings rest which can never be attained by the world’s ways.

It is a choice.

Each one must choose, daily, who they will serve, what they will put their trust in.

But only one path brings rest.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your promises. How wonderful it is to rest in You. How blessed we are to walk in Your ways, to find security and comfort in Your Word, to walk in this life with the knowledge that You are sovereign. Lord Jesus, please help us to remain humble and teachable, looking daily for opportunities to surrender ourselves before You. Lord, please guard our hearts and minds against the lies of sin and the doubt which would rob us of Your truths. Thank You for loving us always and being the Savior of our souls. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Surrender brings rest

I’ve never thought about it before, but it’s true.

Surrender to Jesus brings rest to my soul.

Why?

Because it causes self to be powerless.

As a child and youth I was always worried about how others’ thought of me.

Who I was always needed forming into the ideas of those around me.

I had to live up to their expectations.

I had to follow through on what they wanted.

Of course, I couldn’t.

So, with every failure I felt it was a proof that I was a failure.

Therefore, with each failing, my value became less and my need to prove myself became greater.

Yes, I did believe in Jesus during this time.

No, I didn’t walk in submission to Him, nor did I understand what that was.

But as I walked in adulthood and learned the truths of scripture, I began to understand.

As I’ve walked in obedience to my Father and Lord, I’ve found such blessed freedom.

It’s been a slow process and a long journey, but well worth it.

When my heart gained understanding and humility, my burden to prove myself, rolled off.

My need to order and control my life also died.

Yes, I still work at living a self disciplined and scheduled way, but that is completely different from trying to control circumstances or order life into my ideas of how it should be.

And I can tell you how peaceful and beautiful it is to surrender.

No, I don’t always understand what’s occurring around me or how to handle specific circumstances.

No, I don’t need to have all the control, call the shots, or be in charge.

Yes, I know the One Who does.

And as I grow in the knowledge of God Almighty, I grow in love, peace, and assurance.

He is good.

He is loving.

He is truth.

Why strive against Him by stubborn refusal to submit my whole heart, my whole life to His perfect plan?

Yes, my soul has found rest.

Rest in the Lord , and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret— it only causes harm.
Psalms 37:7‭-‬8 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for teaching me how to surrender to You. Thank You for Your patience and Your grace. Lord, often I become stiff-necked and willful. I forget all Your past faithfulness and try to do things in my own strength. Lord, how foolish and what a waste! Please continue to patiently bring me back to this place of rest.

Resting

God’s will is perfect.

His ways are good.

There is nothing better than to obey Him.

No one ever said it would be easy.

Infact, Jesus referred to it as bearing one’s cross.

Matthew 16:24 KJV — Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It means to die.

To surrender our lives into God’s hands.

Which is why I’m resting today.

I’ve been struggling since I came back from down south.

My asthma has been causing me problems.

Therefore, I wasn’t too surprised when the Lord told me to stay in bed today.

Yes, there is homeschooling to do.

Yes, there is laundry.

Yes, I’m going to stay in bed and let my family handle it.

Obedience is better than trying to force things to happen as I think they need to be.

And I can praise God while I surrender my agenda into His hands.

What an incredible God He is!

He gives me exactly what I need, whether I realize it or not.

Philippians 4:19 KJV — But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

And today, I need rest.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness. Your love is ever abounding and I am humbled. Jesus, I surrender my day, my thoughts, and my ideas to You. Please help me to remain at rest in Your direction and to walk in Your will. Lord Jesus, please supply those things which are needed. Please guide and direct us. Lord Jesus, please help us to see through Your perspective, that we might not chase after anything but You. I love You. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

Resting

Yesterday morning, I began the day with an asthma attack.

Although I’m super thankful for my nebulizer, I was sad to have to use it.

It’s been a long time since it’s been needed.

My day, therefore didn’t look like what I had planned.

Jase had to work his school mostly on his own.

Meals were leftovers, reheated.

(Praise God for our microwave and the leftovers!)

My asthma didn’t allow much, but I was glad to be on the couch instead of the bed.

When I got up this morning, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Praise the Lord, I’m breathing pretty well.

I’m still sluggish and slow, but so thankful to God for the ability to do a few little things.

And I’m enjoying the opportunity to pray more.

When my activities slim down, my heart finds it easier to remain in prayer.

So, I’m praising God for His rest.

I hadn’t scheduled it for today or yesterday, but since it’s required why chaff at putting off my own plans?

Instead, I’m embracing God’s.

After all His ways are best.

Isaiah 2:3 NKJV — Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your plans for each day. Lord, I know there is so much sin and wickedness in the world that we can often forget how much good there is as well. After all, You are good and You are far bigger than Your creation. Thank You for holding us in Your hands and walking us forward into Your truths. Lord, please help us to live for You in our actions, our thoughts, and our attitudes. Lord, please let our mouths be full of Your praise, our hearts full of Your love, and our minds full of Your truth. Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

God is good

Psalm 34:8 NKJV — Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

God is good.

His goodness is seen throughout the whole Earth.

It doesn’t take long to find, if one’s heart is open to understanding.

Who feeds the birds?

Who is there when the deer gives birth?

Who provides the sea creatures their food?

From the greatest beasts to the smallest insects we can see God’s goodness.

But it doesn’t take long to notice the opposite as well.

A short viewing of the World news and evil is evident.

Infact, very young children will harm others without the slightest hint of remorse.

Therefore we must diligently seek God’s goodness and keep our eyes lifted to His character.

Our lives can be filled with God’s goodness, but it takes training, correction, and discipline to learn how to walk in God’s standards. It’s an effort to do good, because evil comes naturally due to our sinful nature.

3 John 1:11 NKJV — Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

Keeping ourselves focused upon His goodness, helps us to self evaluate.

God’s goodness is so abundant and incredible, we can take it for granted.

Did I eat today?

Praise God! It was through His provision I did.

Have I slept?

Praise God, for true rest comes from God.

Is the sun shining? Is the rain watering the ground?

Praise God! His creation is incredible!

Am I breathing?

Indeed, yes!

Praise the Lord! Every breath is a gift from our Wonderful Lord.

But it’s even more than that.

God has such incredible love, that He is my daily Guide and Mentor.

God speaks to me.

He listens to me.

He provides for things I don’t understand.

His hands are always ready to hold me up, especially when I have nothing.

He’s kind, compassionate, caring, and strong.

His goodness is where I find rest from striving, freedom from worry.

God truly is good.

1 Chronicles 16:34 NKJV — Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

A time to wait

Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV — To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

Currently, it is a season to wait.

Waiting upon God to guide and direct our family.

Waiting for my body to recover health.

Waiting for our property to sell.

Waiting…

Many years ago, during those final months of pregnancy God taught me that even in waiting there is work.

Normally I am unaware of the work, because I’m focusing on the waiting.

Unfortunately, allowing myself to fear with a thousand, “what if?”.

What a waste. Instead, I’m waiting on God with a different perspective.

Through these days of waiting I’m choosing to focus on the tasks and joys of each day.

To mentally check my thoughts into the here and now, without striving to guess and plan for the unknown.

It’s out of character for me.

I’ve always wanted to know “the plan” so I could prepare.

The LORD has been teaching me how good it is to simply rest in His plan.

He knows exactly what He is doing.

He has all the details sorted out.

When I need to know, as long as I am listening, He will tell me.

Where I run into trouble is when I go dashing ahead of Him and then realize I’ve left the side of my Master.

It’s difficult to hear God if I’m running away from Him, doing my own thing.

So, I’m waiting and working on the task at hand.

I’m learning to taste the joys of the season of waiting.

Leaning on the everlasting arms

I grew up in an old fashioned church.

It had wooden pews.

Sunday school for all ages.

The best potluck meals.

And hymns.

Music is a blessing.

And I’m very thankful for worship music.

I enjoy singing,

and when I am able,

I do.

But there’s something deep about many of the hymns I grew up singing.

And this morning I woke with my heart singing this one:

“What a fellowship, what a joy divine

Leaning on the everlasting arms

What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

Leaning on the everlasting arms…”

And it was exactly what I needed.

Yesterday afternoon was a struggle.

Something triggered my asthma and I couldn’t leave my room for several hours.

It was discouraging.

I had taken my medication and my inhaler.

But I was blessed when Anne came in to pray for me.

It was after the prayer I began to improve.

Yet the exhaustion continued.

And before I was really awake,

those sweet words of comfort

“Leaning on the everlasting arms…”

were already in my heart.

Jesus was reminding me just to rest in Him.

No matter how difficult my day is,

He is able.

No matter what occurs,

He is faithful.

My life belongs completely to Him.

And I have peace,

leaning on His everlasting arms.

“Dear Jesus,

Thank You for all the hymns I learned while yet so young. Thank You for Your Word which gives me guidance and encouragement and wisdom. Lord Jesus, thank You for today and all the busyness, schedules, and work. I trust You completely for every detail. Lord, I’m resting in Your arms, thank You for Your peace.”

Simple rest

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It was a beautiful sight.

Snow makes things so lovely.

I was happy for the beauty and the break in routine.

School was canceled for the day.

We still worked at home on school, but it was nice not to have to go anywhere.

I find I’m weary.

I’m worn out with sorrow and pain and illness.

Yet, the snow is a wonderful reminder of rest.

Many animals sleep all through the harshest weather.

Although I’m not planning on hibernation, sounds fun though, I can trust God to bring the rest I need just as the animals trust there will be a Spring.

Just this morning a dear friend was texting me encouragement in the Bible to rest in trusting God.

It was very timely as I had to remind myself and one of our children of the exact same thing later in the day when we were both facing hurt and disappointment.

My daughter smiled softly and said, “God keeps telling me to just trust Him. That’s all He says over and over.”

I had to nod my head as I’ve heard the same thing.

So, as I learn to lean back in His plan and His will, I’m looking for the opportunity to rest.

I am tired of saying, “Oh, I’m just tired today.”

The truth is deeper.

I should be saying, “Oh, I’m struggling with a few things, but Jesus is teaching me more about trust.”

I know there will come a beautiful Spring.

I know rest is around the next bend.

I know the Lord Jesus is faithful.

Simple rest = simply trusting.

Keep it simple

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Beautifully simple.

My husband coined the phrase while gazing down at this lovely flower.

He’s not the kind of guy one would expect to be looking at flowers.

Yet, the simplicity of the white petals against the dark center attracted his attention and we bought the plant.

How often I forget the beauty in simplicity.

It has been a very full and often rushed two weeks since coming home from our trip.

I’ve slid into the error of working hard, harder, and hardest on my own strength, guaranteeing I’ll get it all done.

Nope.

It normally guarantees nothing but a headache, literally, and my poor family trying to get Momma back to her happy face.

The Lord spoke to me about all the work and try I’ve been putting out.

He reminded me He never called me to do it alone.

He has been with me from the beginning and when I rest in His ways everything gets done, well.

The simplicity of waiting on the Lord.

The beauty of living a flexible schedule, open and willing to change as He leads.

I’ve been neglecting that truth.

My morning devotion brought me back to the excellent truth of resting in God.

“I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
I layed down and slept;
I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves up against me all around. ” Psalm 3: 4-6 NKJV

Resting in His arms

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Despite my inability, God has truly blessed me with a great amount of responsibility.

He has placed children in my life, both my own as well as others.

He has called me to teach and between my own family, school and Sunday school I’m often very busy.

It was in my quiet time with the Lord this morning He spoke something directly to my heart.

Isaiah 61:11
” For as the Earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

If I rest in His arms, while diligent in my daily activities, He Himself will cause it to bare fruit.

I can dig a whole.

I can plant a seed.

I can water it daily.

Yet I can’t make it sprout, grow, or bring forth a crop.

Only God can.

And He will.

My position is to simply be honorable before Him daily.

To complete each task unto the Lord with the humility and joy of a bond servant.

Then I am able to rest in His arms and trust the outcome to His perfect will.

I may  never see the fruit here on Earth, but true contentment comes through a life of service.