"Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest."
I think anyone who lives life has times when they need rest. Today I want to talk about a sabbath.
"Sabbath is both a time, and more important, an attitude to nurture stillness"
from "Confident Parenting" by Jim Burns
"Sabbath rest is physical and emotional renewal, but it is also fellowship - a delightful space on the weekly calendar reserved for becoming better acquainted with ourselves, others, and God; it is a time for good talk, holy laughter, serious ideas, and shared intimacies between Creator, and creature. Our souls are replenished, quieted, nurtured, caressed. REST WITHOUT SPIRITUAL REST IS INCOMPLETE"
From "Making Sunday Special" by Karen Burton Mains
"Sometimes we have to say no to good things so we can say yes to the right things"
from "Cure for the Common Life" by Max Lucado
"A (NO) uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a (YES) merely uttered to please"
Well, As you can see I have been learning about REST from a lot of sources. Hmmmm... I think God might be trying to tell me something. One thing I strive for with my blog, is to be "real". I know for me, that I get the most from people who are. I so appreciate vulnerability. We are all in this flesh condition together. I may be embarrassed at times but I guess that is the risk you take when you are authentic.
Our schedule lately has been overwhelmingly full. My mind even more so. This little tidbit from a devotional describes me lately.
"What are we to do when even our trust in God seems shaky? When answers are not immediate and God seems far away? When we don't know how to tap his help and are left to wait passively for him to answer, wishing for some spectacular flurry of divine activity to deliver us? What are we to do when that rescue doesn't come, and unfulfilled expectations for help from him turn our hearts towards doubt? When we begin to slip back to the Whys?
from "The Upside of Down" by Joseph Stowell
I have to keep telling myself to not ask why. I need to "Be still and know that I am God" Ps 46:10. Once again I need to ask the Father to forgive my doubt. This adoption process has been way harder on me, than I ever expected it to be. I know he is telling me to rest. To stop trying to "figure it all out." I am so sorry Lord for the frailty of my human condition that I keep trying to rely on myself. " Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
I am sure I am not alone in my struggle. So I will end with a request. Please keep praying for us. My mind needs rest.
One final excerpt:
"If you wait for a sabbath to just appear, it won't happen. You have to create a sabbath time for you and for your family. Slowing down the pace of your life may do more to build a healthy family than any other factor. Rest heals, rest soothes, and rest gives perspective."
From "Confident Parenting" by Jim Burns
Can anyone relate? Tell me about a "waiting time " for you and how God got you through.
Blessings and love!