Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1
So at the beginning of the year I shared that my one word for 2013 was going to be “rest” I felt that I spent much of 2012 pursing many new things and needed to be more intentional about really making time for rest.
I can’t say that this year has been less busy than last, in fact it’s probably been busier in many ways but I do think I have been able to make more time for rest.
And by rest I mean both physical and spiritual rest. I often make time for naps (seriously I do) because body needs it as I struggle with fibromyalgia and sometimes just need physical breaks not to mention the fact that I just love snuggling with my little ones. But even more so my spirit needs rest. I can get overwhelmed with life’s challenges. Motherhood, being a good wife, a ministry leader, friend, coach etc. are all wonderful but can also lead to times when I feel like I’m carrying the weight of the world. . . Life can just be stressful.
If I wasn’t able to rest in my trust of the Lord’s perfect and complete work in my life and those of my loved ones, I would be a mess. So though I make time to rest my body I also take those moments to purposefully hand over my cares and concerns to the Lord. I lay down, I pray and I do a mental list of what I’m carrying; burdens, doubts, fears, what ifs, relationship issues, worst case scenarios and so on and I hand them over.
And then I am able to fully find rest for my soul.
He really wants us to enter into His rest but it requires us to come to Christ and have a relationships with Him.
Come to me, all you 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
And now I’m off to have a little rest. . . I hope you are able to as well today.
Are we fully receiving His gift of rest? If not, what is holding us back?
I am a doer by nature. It’s hard for me to stop and rest, even if I feel the Lord is beckoning to lay it all day and enjoy His presence in a place of rest. This is something I am working on.