Kids are out of school, the summer sun is heating up, the ice cream truck begins to make it’s rounds around the neighborhood and the smell of backyard BBQ’s float through the air. Besides, Christmas, this is definitely one of my favorite times of the year!
This is a time where rest comes in for so many of us. Rest for our children’s brains from loads of homework and standardized testing. Rest from our demanding schedule by taking the time off to enjoy our family and friends and take a vacation (or stay-cation)!
A period of rest physically and mentally is important to balance our ever increasing busy-ness. It rejuvenates and allows us to attack our tasks at hand when we return to the grind with a refreshed mind.
We also associate rest with Sundays or commonly referred to as the Sabbath. On this day, maybe you load the family in the van to church, eat out at one of your favorite restaurants, and go home a take a nap. (That doesn’t always happen for some, but when it does, it is heaven on earth!)
But what people need to understand is that we can live in a constant state of rest, spiritually, even when it isn’t summer or Sunday. This is a lesson I have learned recently and it is ever evolving. It has taken a while to seep down into my heart, but I am finally getting it. Even when things are not going my way, situations around me seem dire, or a blow gets handed to me I was not expecting, I can choose to rest.
How? I can choose to rest in God’s arms. I can trust in His provision, His timing, His love and in His acceptance.
When my bank account is low, I know God will provide everything I need to get through and in just the right amount.
When I am tempted to fall prey to temptation and take matters in my own hands, I can rest knowing that God will intervene in this situation at the right time and rest in the knowledge that in the meantime, He’s working on it.
When I am hurt by something someone said or implied, I can rest in knowing that the God of the universe loves me despite my flaws and insecurities.
When I am looking in the mirror, either physically or emotionally, and reminded of the hot mess that I am, I know that I will always be accepted by the God who gave up His Son for my life and redeemed me from the pit of hell…Hot mess and all!
Where do you need to rest in Him today? You can live in a state of rest when your identity sits securely in knowing that you are the daughter of the King of Kings! That’s right sister! Own it, receive it, and walk in it. What assurance and peace it brings to our souls when we know that our dad, God our Heavenly Father, has got our back in ALL aspects of our lives.
I, so much, want to control everything! My husband, my children and the outcome of so many big decisions, but I can’t. Frankly, it is too overwhelming and literally sucks the life right out of me when I try to control it all.
So surrender has become a part of my vocabulary lately, and rest has been the result of it.
Comment below with something the Lord has been asking you to surrender and think about the ways God’s rest could help you approach or deal with that situation better.
Michelle Moore is a wife, mother, author, blogger and speaker. A Texas girl living in a North Carolina world, she is telling people about Jesus and the work God has done in her life no matter where she lives.
Having a testimony of overcoming depression and anxiety by putting on God’s armor, her heart’s desire is to see women set free from the bondage and labels satan put’s on our lives as women. She is the author of Arm Yourself: Equipping Ourselves with the Armor of God and creator of the blog www.myhearts-song.com.
If you are looking for a speaker for your next event, contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org