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Rest this Easter

I couldn’t decide exactly what I needed to write for this.  It’s intimidating to write for this particular week.  I mean, I could really mess this up, and I’m super busy this time of year.  Who has the time to sit quietly and listen for God to tell them what to write anyway?  Between doctor’s appointments and school functions and various weekend adventuress, I haven’t had time to sit still and think.  I’ve driven three hours round trip to witness a wedding today, and it’s only Monday for goodness sake.  It’s crazy!

Explaining all this busyness to God in the car this afternoon gave me my answer.  This is Holy Week.  The week we celebrate the gift God gave us through His Son.  How can I not make time?  I’ve made time for everything else, and I’m exhausted.

If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.  If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.  It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone.  Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127: 1-2 (MSG)

This certainly doesn’t say that we shouldn’t work or that we should be lazy.  But it offers us rest in God.  I need that rest right now.  God gives us so much, and sometimes all we have to do is accept it.

Paul told the Colossians, “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.  Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ.” (2:2, MSG).  Being at rest is being focused on Jesus.  I think we can all read between the lines about what the opposite would be, and that one stings.

Jesus had a thing to say about rest as well.  “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Ladies, I want to encourage you to find a place of rest.  I want to honor God all the time, but especially this week, and He put it on my heart to do it in this way.  Give Him your time and your attention, and He will honor that gift.

I was one of those writers who could tell you all how to do something right because I’ve tried it, and I’ve mastered it, and I’m doing it.  Alas, I am not.  So as I start to write this post during Holy Week, I am pretty much I wish talking to myself.  If anyone else gets something from it, even better.

I couldn’t decide exactly what I needed to write for this.  It’s intimidating to write for this particular week.  I mean, I could really mess this up, and I’m super busy this time of year.  Who has the time to sit quietly and listen for God to tell them what to write anyway?  Between doctor’s appointments and school functions and various weekend adventuress, I haven’t had time to sit still and think.  I’ve driven three hours round trip to witness a wedding today, and it’s only Monday for goodness sake.  It’s crazy!

Explaining all this busyness to God in the car this afternoon gave me my answer.  This is Holy Week.  The week we celebrate the gift God gave us through His Son.  How can I not make time?  I’ve made time for everything else, and I’m exhausted.

If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.  If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.  It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late and work your worried fingers to the bone.  Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves? Psalm 127: 1-2 (MSG)

This certainly doesn’t say that we shouldn’t work or that we should be lazy.  But it offers us rest in God.  I need that rest right now.  God gives us so much, and sometimes all we have to do is accept it.

Paul told the Colossians, “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.  Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ.” (2:2, MSG).  Being at rest is being focused on Jesus.  I think we can all read between the lines about what the opposite would be, and that one stings.

Jesus had a thing to say about rest as well.  “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

Ladies, I want to encourage you to find a place of rest.  I want to honor God all the time, but especially this week, and He put it on my heart to do it in this way.  Give Him your time and your attention, and He will honor that gift.

Julie

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