Friday, September 2, 2011

Rest


 How appropriate that today's word is Rest.  I'm so tired!  As I lay in bed at 5:00 this morning debating about whether I would eventually fall back to sleep or if I should just get up, I began wondering about this post and what word would be chosen for our prompt.  I thought perhaps it would be strength, and my mind began going to all the scriptures pertaining to the Lord's strength.  Maybe that's what helped me drift back to sleep - remembering that I don't have to rely on my strength to get my through.

I remember a poster I saw as a child.  It showed three kittens lying on their back, sounds asleep.  And the caption said, "Rest in peace, God is awake."  I haven't been sleeping well. But even as I write that I am reminded that God is faithful.  He provides rest and it's not just the kind that comes from sleep.

I have been finding rest in realizing that I don't have to try to so hard.  It's not always my battle to fight, and I don't always have to be right or heard.  I'm learning, that contrary to what the world tells you, there is rest and peace in just letting go.  God wants me to find rest in seeking His approval alone.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  Psalm 91:1

Are you looking for true rest today?  Jesus is saying, "Come unto me"


Many blessings,

Written in response to Five Minute Friday at The Gypsy Mama, and Brag on God Friday at Beholding Glory. 

13 comments:

  1. I was telling someone else that this word is so appropriate for me today as I am learning to rest in Him and release my fears. Great post.

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  2. "I have been finding rest in realizing that I don't have to try to so hard. It's not always my battle to fight, and I don't always have to be right or heard. I'm learning, that contrary to what the world tells you, there is rest and peace in just letting go."

    Thanks for the reminder.
    I need to hear that and take it to heart every day.

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  3. Hi Eileen - I love the bit about the 3 kittens poster, we can rest because He is awake - all the time - great 5 minutes
    God bless and have a great weekend
    Tracy

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  4. Sorry Lisa, I meant Lisa not Eileen! Looks like I could do with rest!!!
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. Thank you for this sweet reminder that it is GOD Who fights our battles for us - including those battles against the enemy! Perfect timing for my prayer time today.

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  6. The picture is perfect for your devotional. I relaxed just looking at it. Thanks for the smile it brought me.
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  7. We have similar themes today, one of letting go and letting God. Love the picture in your post! Made me smile!

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  8. I love that verse! I think you've nailed too... even when we're weary we can be sure that God is faithful and will give us what we need in His time. Blessings, have a great weekend!

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  9. Hello!
    I'm Denise, from Brazil and I have followed your blog with my blog Daughters of Sarah, remember?
    I invite you to access another blog, which is my family.
    We have been together as a family to win all our families to Christ. So we want to encourage with this blog, that all Christians do the same.
    Be part of this army of warriors who are willing to live the gospel, pray and talk about Jesus, His Word and His kingdom to all families. Our families and our brothers around the world need to know and surrender to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    "For the love of Christ constrains us."
    Together we are better and stronger and the world know that we are the Lord if we love each other.
    In Jesus, peace!

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  10. LOVE the verse you picked!! ;) (I just realized I accidentally had Psalm 9 instead of 91...oops)

    And this resonates with me "God wants me to find rest in seeking His approval alone." Amen. Have a great weekend, Lisa. Hope you find rest.

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  11. Wonderful message, and verse choice today Lisa. I haven't been sleeping very well lately either, but you're right... God is always faithful! He provides the rest we need in so many ways.

    Have a Blessed Weekend my friend!

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  12. Great post Lisa! Such a great reminder that God has everything under control. I love the image of the kitten too... I'm a big cat lover. ;)

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  13. Yes! This is what I have been learning too -- finding rest in realizing that I don't have to try to so hard.

    As a naturally hard worker, it is hard to lay down the tools and just breathe...

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