Day 40: Rest (Feb 9)

Today, I want to offer an invitation to you.  An invitation to rest.  I am sharing a candid word that I spoke to God, with the hope that it will lead you into a time of rest and refueling.  This devotional is very different from the others, but I truly feel God directing me to share my very words to Him, with you.  I hope you are blessed as you picture me sitting before the King and sharing my heart with Him.  I also hope that the following words will provide a gateway for you to share candidly with Him too.  He IS our resting place.

Good morning God.  It’s the end of the week, and I feel exhausted.  Lord, I have given 110% this week to my family, church, work, ministries…..and today I need rest.  I know that I have followed Your leading throughout this week.  I know that I have said, “Yes.” to You repeatedly and I have poured out myself willingly.  So today while feeling so tired, I will not feel guilty.  I will not fuss that I am doing too much.  I will not feel bad about postponing my run until this evening because I just need to sit in the quiet.  For this moment, I need to stop achieving and I simply need Your rest.

You do not lead me into temptation, so I know that if I will simply listen to Your prompting to stop and refuel, then I will continue to walk out this day and those that follow with joy and peace that surpasses all understanding and an overflow of energy that comes from walking in direct obedience to You.

Lord, I know that You never said that I wouldn’t get worn out.  I remember reading of Jesus consistently taking time away to just sit in Your presence.  Today, I will do the same.  Today, I will remember that I am mortal and require moments of rest to maintain physical and mental sharpness.  I am not ashamed of being weak.  Instead I will revel in knowing that it simply means that You are extra strong in me right now.

Every step I take in life continually leads me to a closer walk with You.  You are my very breath.  You are my Sustainer.  You are my best Friend.

As I am sitting here, I can hear You in the silence around me.  I can feel You wrapping Your love all around me like a warm sweater.  You are all I need.

Lord, right now I ask You to come and fill me up.  Fill me to overflowing so I can step back into the world and pour You out again.  I long to be a “carrier”……Someone who is constantly carrying Your Presence into every place I go.  Every situation.  Every challenge.  Every opportunity.  Every breath.

May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.  Psalm 90:17

Find rest , O my soul in God alone; my hope comes from Him.  He alone is my Rock and my Salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.  Psalm 62:5-8

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard; that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving.  Surely You will reward each person according to what he has done.  Psalm 62:11-12

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