The Secret of Rest

Feel like you’re jammed in traffic all the time? You’re going here and there. There’s no time to rest, no time to enjoy this life you’re living?

You’re busy doing good. Maybe you’re taking care of the kids or grandkids, and there’s soccer practice, homework, dance lessons, dinner, lunches to pack, science project, and in between you’re getting groceries, cleaning the house, doing laundry and helping the neighbor with her sick mom.

You’re visiting the sick, delivering meals to shut-ins, and teaching a Bible study.

You’re busy doing good at work. You are tied to your phone and your computer. There’s the social media for work and for yourself. You need to write that report, and the meetings take the day away. When you get home, you cook dinner, help the kids with homework, bathe them, put them to bed, snuggle with your husband, put him to bed, then you settle in to get the work done for the next day at the office.

The “To Do” list is 10 sheets long and growing.

Continue reading The Secret of Rest

8 Things I’ve Learned from God’s Healing

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On January 1, 2011, Keith and I were observing the San Diego Kite Club flying kites on the beach. A stranger came up to me and asked, “Would you like to have this kite?”  Almost six weeks after the Lord miraculously healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Another test of my faith.

Do I have the energy and strength to get this heavy thing in the air? Continue reading 8 Things I’ve Learned from God’s Healing

Inhale Rest … Exhale Busyness

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Southern California professionals take pride in a fast-paced lifestyle.

“How are you?”

Deep inhale and smile, “Busy!”

Those who drive the speed limit take their lives in their hands, even in the slow lane. Commuters weave in and out of tight spaces to get one car ahead, and motorcyclists zoom between cars going 70+ miles an hour.

This morning commute sets the pace for the day. Days are filled with meetings, one-right-after another with barely time to speedwalk to the next meeting. While in the meetings, attendees multitask, answering phones, texting, and emailing, all the while, contributing to the meeting discussions.

Evenings are times to get the work accomplished that was neglected during meetings.

While I was reading Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller, God prompted me to stop and consider my ways. Just last week, I came home and devoured dark chocolate to try to help relieve the stress of my busy day.

 Rhythms of Rest explores the intent of God in establishing the Sabbath.

This book is for anyone who is frustrated with the busyness of everyday life and longs to withdraw into the presence of God.

“Sabbath is the exhale required after six days of inhaling our work.” (Beginnings)

Miller is careful to emphasize that her Sabbath is not a legalistic Sabbath but a day of rest. This day takes planning and preparation and can be the highlight of the week; yet, it needs practice and is different for everyone. While her designated Sabbath is Sunday, her husband’s day is another day.

“Jesus is Sabbath. When we make the day different on his behalf, holiness inhabits our intentions.” (Beginnings)

Miller began Sabbath Society because she was “tired of living with continual unrest in my soul.” Hundreds have joined Sabbath Society. The book grew out of Miller’s experiences and those of the members of Sabbath Society.

God created the earth in six days, and on the seventh day, He rested. He established a rhythm of rest for the world to follow.

When we were in Austria, we visited a farm that had been in the family since 1776. This family was renown for its extraordinary stewardship of the land. One of the principles that they farmed by was that the land would rest on the seventh year – straight from Leviticus.

Miller reminds us that “Sabbath is love written large, declaring God is good; he remembers the promises between us.” (Watch for the Arrows)

Come to Me all you who are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Jesus is our Sabbath, our promise for the deep spiritual rest that we crave.

I received a galley copy from the publisher for my honest review.

My prayer

Lord of the Sabbath, thank You for Shelly Miller and her passion for knowing Your intent of the Sabbath. Bless her with Your rest for her soul. Pour out Your wisdom upon her, and bless her in all that she does. Father, stir up our souls to seek Your rest and to become ever-aware of Your Presence and work in our lives. We love you, Lord. Amen

Pause throughout your day … today, tomorrow, and throughout the week to pray this promise of rest.

Celebrate the Sabbath rest that Jesus promises, and find rest for your soul.

From Dark Chocolate to Jesus

ghirardelli-1 Sometimes, I get desperate. Many things have gone wrong in the past several weeks. Perhaps it’s because I can’t get Auschwitz out of my head. It could be that work and emails have piled up to unthinkable proportions.

Not really. It’s because I lost my focus on Jesus.

I came home and ate a piece of dark chocolate, Ghirardelli, no less! I took my time. I let it melt in my mouth, savoring the intense cacao and closing my eyes as it spread over my tongue.

Dark chocolate is good for your heart. Yet, it wasn’t my heart that needed settling.

A nice moment, but it didn’t get rid of my issues or my exhaustion. I gave myself a talk, and I remembered Matthew 11.

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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

Chocolate revs me up for a time, but I didn’t need energy. I needed rest … the rest that Jesus offers. His rest is for my soul.

Today, I wrestled with the busyness of business, and I was exhausted. I went here and there trying to fulfill the expectations of others – and myself. The burden was heavy.

Today, I was Martha scurrying around, busying myself with things that wouldn’t last. Yet, Jesus said that Martha’s sister, Mary, had chosen the better action. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and hung on every word He spoke. She was learning from Jesus. Luke 10:39

Jesus asks me to take His burden and to learn from Him. The result, rest for my soul. Not frustration.

His burden is doing the will of God our Father, and when we are doing the will of our Father, He equips us and walks with us along the way.

My prayer

Great Teacher. Thank You for letting me get frustrated today to teach me a lesson … again. I run around and twist myself up into knots before I turn to You for the comfort, the rest, the peace that I truly need. Thank You for reminding me that Jesus is my rest, for He is gentle and humble. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Lord, I love you. I place my trust in You and rest in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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