Today I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama for the Five Minute Friday. This is where I get to write freely, from my heart, without worrying about perfection or correction. I love this exercise. It has taken me out of my self-imposed box and has given me so much freedom.
Today’s Prompt: Rest
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Rest. It’s so much more than sitting and being still, or even sleeping. How does one find rest in the busyness of life? Some days I don’t know whether I am coming or going, and then I get to do it all again the following day. My heart longs to be still, to sit and rest. But there is always so much on my plate.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
The Lord promises rest to those who are weary and burdened. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I will have less to do. But my heart will be at rest. I will have peace. I will cease from my striving. When I give my day over to the Lord, I can rest because I trust that He will take care of my needs.
On the days when life just gets unbearable and I can’t breathe, He promises to hide me under the shadow of His wings. There I find my rest and I am strengthened once again for the challenges that lie ahead.
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
For me, the first step in finding true rest is surrender. I can no longer hold onto my day, my loved ones, my desires with a tightly closed fist. I must lift up my open hands to the Lord and allow Him to take my worries and cares away. He will provide rest for my weary soul when I surrender control back to Him.
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