My last blog post, entitled Resolve to Rest, elicited an amazing response from you. Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts, comments, prayers and verses. The great number of responses led me to write this follow-up message. Today, I will provide a practical way for us to “Resolve to Rest.” To encourage participation, I will choose two names from the comments shared to win a daily devotional.
I read through your comments, prayers, and sweet notes of encouragement. So many of you honestly shared how you too struggled with the very same issue. It seems I am not alone in struggling to find a place of peace and rest in the midst of every day life.
One of the places I most experience rest is at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. We go there often as a family. Something about the sounds and sights of the ocean and the beauty of the sunset bring me great peace and an incredible closeness to God. Below is a picture of one of my most favorite places at the beach to sit and enjoy God’ creation.
Why is it so hard to replicate this feeling of rest in the busyness of the “real world?” As I sat with the Lord with this question, He gave me a wonderful acronym for the word “rest.” And I realized that it followed exactly the steps I followed to find my rest in late December.
RESOLVE TO REST
What is going on that feels different, “not normal,” in your life/relationships/health? List what you discover.
Is there a specific cause or is it a general feeling? Identify it and write it down.
What promises or truths from God’s Word address what you are feeling? Write each one down. Personalize them with your name.
Do you trust someone or something more than God? If you do, identify what or who it is.
Proceed through each step and spend time on each one. Use a journal or notebook. Begin with prayer. Ask the question. Listen and pray. The Lord will direct your every step. Write what you hear.
Remember as you begin, the Lord promises that when we seek Him with all our hearts, He will be found by us! He will be faithful to show up in your time alone with Him.
God does not want us to stay in places of uncertainty, worry, anxiety, restlessness, confusion, doubt and emptiness. He is Jehovah Rapha, God the Healer. He wants to bring healing and wholeness to our hearts, minds, and bodies. Because it is in the healing we will become productive and useful for God, able to live out the purposes for which He created us.
This is a conscious decision you and I have to make. We must RESOLVE to REST. Resolve means “to come to a definite or earnest decision about something.” Make up your mind today!
Resolve to Rest.
I will be praying for you. Stop by and share how God is at work in your time with Him. We would LOVE to hear your stories. And share this with your friends and Bible study small groups. Committing to new resolutions is always easier when you do it with friends!
And as an incentive for making this resolution, I will choose two names from the comments left to receive a daily devotional. I will announce the winners the end of next week. This will give you time to really listen to the Lord and take active steps toward what you hear.
Blessings to you,