Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Rest

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I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you.

And so I cast aside this idea that I must do it all because how else will it get done?  And I pile all my papers on His desk, put the pen in His Hand, and I avert my eyes, still afraid of leaving this burden, still afraid of leaving myself.  And yet, I find that I am more afraid, a holy fear, of walking in disobedience, of not surrendering this body He has given me.  And instead of turning to scribble on those things that I feel desperately need to get done, He takes His pen.  He writes on my heart.

This is a holy and living sacrifice -- the kind I find acceptable.  This is your spiritual act of worship.


Laying down burdens, laying down this tangible, physical self, that is run down, run out, run away.  To pause when He says pause, to run when He says run, to stop when He says stop, to lay down when He says rest.


Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world.


And so I...slow down, sit down, let my eyes fill with heaviness, and I give into the antithesis of the pace of this world.  And as I pull out of the recesses of my mind, the prayers that I have promised to pray, the thoughts I have promised to think, as these eyes grow heavy, I hear Him clearly...this IS your spiritual act of worship.  And I am blanketed by His grace, His provision, by His love.

Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.


If only I had stopped before...I think.  If only I had stopped before, I would not have neglected this meeting with You.  Some days I think I've got it, but it is in that moment that I think I have it, that I realized I have lost it all yet again.  Change me from the inside out, Lord, that it is not my thought patterns that get my through, but your thought patterns that every day compel me to worship, that seek the greatness of You, that relies on You, that perpetuates a relationship with You.  Oh, Jesus.  Less of me.  More of You.


Then you will know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


Let me know, Lord.  As each moment of the day comes, let me know how to walk with You.  Not ahead of you.  Not two steps behind.  Not in a different direction.  Let me be glued to your side so that I may be fully grafted into Your will for me.  May I, in each and every day, taste the freedom that You offer.

Every single day.

Italics taken from Romans 12: 1-2


Linking with Kim for Imperfect Prose, Tracey for Winsome Wednesday, and Jennifer for God Bumps.

16 comments :

  1. Beautiful words, Jen. Blessings on your rest.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  2. Beautiful Jen. I echo your thoughts here, want to be obedient to go and do and be as He leads, and be content in all of it. May your soul find peace in the rest He gives.

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  3. Well said. Yes, you need the rest and the special time with Him. We all do. Me too. You better not be reading this comment today! ;)

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  4. Yes- walking with Him.. not 2 steps ahead, not twelve paces behind. Just beside Him. Love that image. Blessings, dear friend.

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  5. Oh yes. striving for this. Every.Single.Day.
    walking in Him. abiding in Him. respecting Him by resting in Him.
    Thank you for stirring my heart today!

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  6. Beautifully written, Jen. You mentioned in another post trying to respond to everyone listed on the meme or who makes comments. Please feel free to only do as you can and don't force yourself to respond because you 'should"

    Rest - what a lovely word. I leave tomorrow for a four day silent retreat - you need rest I need quiet. Too much noise outside and inside my head to hear God. But for both of us He is the answer.

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  7. Thank you for another heartfelt post...Yes, Jen...resting next to Him...with you...agreeing with Jean that you can feel rest to not comment if that is what you need...appreciate you, Jen, for your heart for God and others :)

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  8. So beautiful. I need Him so desperately, and yet often, before I realize it, I try to search for Him, on my terms, rather than looking for where He is -- and I miss the intimacy of slowing, of waiting, of listening. Yes, I want to be glued to Him, heeding His breath in mine. Thank you so much, Jen.

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  9. Deeply inspiring and reveals your heart seeking His sufficiency. Sometimes in the midst of living out our faith forward journey, we forget to simply be alive in Him and settle into His peace. Blessings, dear one.

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  10. Such a timely post. I love this. It's so important for us to slow down, and even take a time out, and rest. This is the one thing that keeps coming back to me, over and over again, this season. Rest.

    So beautifully spoken here.

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  11. Rest. Listen. Open our hearts to His direction and be fearless in our following. The more I conform to this, the better off I am.

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  12. What a beautiful reminder, Jen. And one that I need to hear over and over. Thank you.

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  13. Not ahead, not behind, but right beside. The best place to be.

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  14. yes--to every single bit of this. it is such a struggle in today's world. and we need these reminders often.
    He says, "Come."
    and even though my flesh resists, it is also what i want most in this life. it is words like yours that inspire and encourage on those days when i don't feel i have the strength to do it myself.
    thank you for always sharing from your heart.
    steph

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  15. Hi Jen - great post. I love this bit - "Let me be glued to your side so that I may be fully grafted into Your will for me" Its difficult to rest the way God wants us to because our minds fight how His way could possibly work. That in itself is exhausting :) Thanks for linking up Jen, it always encourages me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  16. I want to be glued to His side...I understand the holy fear...the fear of reaching His throne and wondering what I've done to advance His Kingdom...Oh how I long to hear "well done!" Thank you for this, friend.

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