Day 224: Another Respite (August 12)

Respite: 1. A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.  2. A short delay permitted before an unpleasant obligation is met or a punishment is carried out.  3.  Delay

Today, I want to offer you a respite.

How has life felt as of late?  Are you tired, rushed, or worn out?  Do you feel bogged down by extraordinary circumstances, or just the trials of life?

Take another breath.  Take a respite.

Today I see you walking into a field and letting the sun cascade over your head and shoulders.  I can hear the wind stirring the trees bordering the field.  They sound like an invitation into the peacefulness of this moment.  You were made to find peaceful places to rest.

I see Him now, standing across the field.  He’s come in the cool of the day to walk with you.  How you spend your time with Him today is up to you.  Do you need a quiet companion?  Do you need Someone to process with?  Do you need to hear His heart for you?

I feel God offering whatever it is you need in this particular moment.  He has come to simply be with you.

Will you join Him?

Take time this morning to settle your spirit.  Let peace and joy pour over you from the Father’s heart.  Take deep and slow breaths and feel His Presence with you now.  He is there.  He is real.  He is love.

Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Colossians 3:15

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  Hebrews 12:14

Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7