This month the freedom writers are embracing the idea of “rest”. This week my family is on vacation in Tahoe. I must say that writing about “rest” is much easier while on a restful vacation. 😊
But as I’ve written before, The Lord has been impressing upon me the importance of rest. What do I mean by “the Lord has been impressing upon me…?”
- I may receive a devotional email with the theme:”Sabbath Rest” with all sorts of practical things to do.
- A scripture about rest will be included in my Bible or Lectio 365 plans.
- My heart won’t leave me alone about the practical idea that I can easily do to help me to enter into His rest.
- A friend may mention that they are focusing on rest.
And so I commit.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, The Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15
I’d like to unwrap that by focusing on these 4 words: repentance, rest, quietness and trust.
Repentance- accepting the fact that I am sinful and in need of my Savior.
Rest- ceasing from the normal rhythms to be still.
Quietness - listen to and for God’s voice.
Trust- believing that God is good and that He knows best for me in EVERYTHING.
And what do we get out of the bargain? Salvation and strength. I think that’s a pretty good deal.
I have no doubt that if you commit to entering His rest, The Lord will show you what you can do, but here is a prayer from my heart to yours:
“Thank you Father, for welcoming me home into your heart. Love me this week as I welcome You home into my heart.
Thank you, Jesus, for standing and knocking at the door of my life.
Befriend me again this week as I open the vulnerable parts of myself to You.
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for brooding over the chaos of my world and within my inner being. Fill me this week as I seek to host You with generous attention and joy.”
I hope that you have a wonderful and restful week.
With Love in Christ,
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