Posts Tagged ‘rest’

Regarding Humility

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Wanted to share this cool quote I found yesterday. Enjoy:

“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.”
― Andrew Murray

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Is It Really Ok To Love Myself?

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I love this devo. I find so many times that people, myself included, like to climb the martyr cross and deny ourselves for the sake of others. Yes, we are to love others, etc. But if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t hope to take care of anyone else. So, today, stop and take some time for yourself! I can assure you, the world will not stop spinning if you take an hour to just be alone and do something to “fill your tank”. Enjoy the break! Then you will be filled up and ready to give to others again. Even Jesus rested, and took time away. Certainly it’s ok if you do the same. 🙂

Love and blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Taking Care Of Yourself
Found at: http://www.praise-and-worship.com/christian-devotionals
“Building up yourselves.” Jude 1:20

Listen: “A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head…but when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying ‘Why this waste?’…When Jesus was aware of it, He said …’She has done a good work'” (Mt 26:7-10 NKJV).

Try to learn from Jesus! Allow the oil of service you pour on others to be poured on you, otherwise you’ll burn out. This isn’t a license for self-indulgence but rather a call to do what needs to be done to restore our depleted energy and exhausted spirit. You’ll never reach your highest potential if you don’t.

Furthermore, people usually treat you like you treat yourself. So start treating yourself better! It’s good to serve others, but too many of us are hiding behind serving others to avoid having to serve ourselves, or because we don’t know how.

How can you fulfill the command to “love your neighbor as yourself”, if you haven’t a clue how to love and take care of yourself? Too many of us become secretly resentful of the endless responsibilities and needs dumped on us each day, while seemingly no-one takes time to give back. Ultimately you have to make deposits where the world you live in seems to make endless withdrawals, or else face insufficient funds. Pretty soon those checks are bouncing everywhere: morally, emotionally, sexually and spiritually. Who’ll give back to you if not you? So, the word for you today is: “Allow the oil you pour on others, to be poured on you!”

No More White Knuckle Living!

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Freedom comes when we let go of the “safety bar” and let God do His job in and through us. You can trust Him with your future.

Have a great day!

Blessings,

Sarah

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Letting Go Of the Safety Bar!
http://www.seedsofthekingdom.com

A few months back I did something really brave that I haven’t done for years! I rode a roller-coaster! No, it wasn’t one of the kiddy ones at a fairground – this was a full-grown adult, scary version!

A friend of mine (who is a seasoned rollercoaster rider) ‘bullied’ me to go on it, with a good dose of friendly, harmless, peer pressure. Did I enjoy it? Not a chance! I hated every second of the 4 minutes that I sat with my eyes shut tight, hands gripped white to the safety bar, as we twisted and turned, upside down, dropping death-defying heights… to me it was sheer torture! My friend on the other hand sat giggling and laughing all the way through, her hands waving in the air – apparently she found the whole thing marvelously enjoyable! When they eventually let me off, my hands ached from gripping hold of the bar, my legs felt like jelly and for days after, every muscle in my body complained from the 4 minutes of extreme stress I had put it through!

I’m telling you this because the Lord has challenged me over the last few years, that for some of us this is how we live our lives with the Lord. We say we’re happy to let Him be in control and we walk the paths He sets for us, but we don’t fully surrender and rest in Him, knowing that He is Lord.

He longs for us to fully surrender to Him our cares, so that we can experience a peace that surpasses all else. A peace that comes from fully knowing He is in control and we don’t have to be. We don’t need to grip hold of the safety bar of life and prepare ourselves for the ‘inevitable crash’, because God’s path for us (wherever it leads) is secure. It takes practice though! Just like riding roller-coasters, with your hands raised in the air (going against your natural instinct to hang on tight), so we have to practice letting God be in control and learn to rest, secure in Him.

I would encourage you today to fully surrender to your Heavenly Father the cares and concerns in your life. Laying them down at the foot of His cross, hands off the safety bar, resting secure in the knowledge that the life God has for you is the very best and He is faithful.

Prayer: Father God, I’m sorry for the times that I have said you are Lord of my life – and yet in my heart I have failed to truly trust and surrender to you. Lord, I choose to surrender to you today – to your plans and your purposes for my life, knowing they are the very best for me. I take my hands off the safety bar and I rest back in you, and give you chance to prove yourself faithful once again in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Arms Nailed Open

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The last sentence of today’s devo really struck me. I had never thought of it in that way before. I’m so glad my Jesus is always there for me, arms wide open. As my favorite preacher, TD Jakes, teaches us to say, “I’m not in this thing by myself!”

He is always ready to welcome us home to rest in His loving embrace. We just have to make the choice…if you’ve been wandering, it’s time to go home. Your Daddy’s waiting.

Be blessed today, friends! May His open arms be the ones you run to today.

– Sarah

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The Father’s Outstretched Arms
By Max Lucado

The prodigal son. Going home a changed man. No longer demanding he get what he deserved, but willing to take whatever he could get. How many years had it been? As the boy came around the bend that led to his house, he rehearsed his speech one more time. He turned to open the gate, but the father already had.

“Father I have sinned,” he said. (Luke 15:21). The two wept. Words were unnecessary. Forgiveness had been given.

If there’s a scene that deserves to be framed, it’s the one of the Father’s outstretched hands. His hands call us home. Imagine those hands. Stretching open like a wide gate, leaving entrance as the only option. He forced His arms so wide apart that it hurt. And to prove that those arms would never fold and those hands would never close, He had them nailed open.

from Six Hours One Friday

Always on the Run!

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It’s been a crazy week, and it doesn’t look to be letting up anytime soon. I’m sure many of you can relate! But even in the crazy times, we can take a moment to pause and refocus our eyes on Him. Because with and in Him all things are possible. We can do anything with Him by our side. So as I get ready to run around like a chicken with my head cut off today, I’m gonna do it with a smile, knowing that I’m not doing any of it by myself. I have my Savior with me! I encourage you to do the same. I think if you do, you’ll notice you don’t mind fulfilling those pesky obligations nearly as much. 🙂

Blessings,

Sarah

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Are You Too Busy For God?
By Emily Riley

Most people know the importance of spending time with God. But in the midst of life, sometimes it’s just hard to find the time. Schedules fill up quickly, work consumes our thoughts at night, family and friends vie for our attention, and then there’s this thing called sleep. How do you fit it all in? What do you let “drop”? What do you do when you simply need 36 hours in a day instead of 24?

There can be many reasons and causes for our busy lives. But, no matter the season, no matter the busy schedule we have, God demands our worship. The sisters, Mary and Martha are a good example of this. Its easy for me to relate to Martha… busy with serving… busy with something good, but missing what was most important.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are) anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

I want to grow in that faith that Mary had… faith to rest and not be anxious. The wisdom to see what is most important. Faith to trust in God to provide and to be able to simply rest there.

Prayer: Father, Help us to look to you, no matter how busy our lives may be. Be our number one priority and help us to in faith, trust you to provide the needed strength for the other events of our day. You are all powerful and you care for us. Help that truth to increase our faith and trust in you. Forgive us for where we are anxious. Thank you for the reminder that if you care for the needs of the birds of the air, you care for us.

Quality Time

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There’s no one who loves you more than the Lord does, and He would just love to spend some quality time with you. Rest in His love today, share your thoughts/hurts/hopes/dreams/failures/triumphs with Him. He wants all of you, will you let Him in?

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devotional selection:

QUALITY TIME
Devo found at: http://www.haventoday.org

“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.”
(DEUTERONOMY 33:12)

In our busy lives what a treat it is to spend time with someone we know loves to be with us, one whose friendship we treasure as well. For many who have experienced rejection, to believe another truly loves and values us is a huge challenge. It requires letting down the defenses we have used to protect ourselves from more hurt. Our experience in human relationships affects our ability to accept God’s love.

If the Apostle John had experienced rejection, he overcame it completely because he knew without a doubt that Jesus loved him. He had no problem describing himself as the disciple Jesus loved. Their friendship was secure in God’s grace. Jesus trusted John with the care of Mary, His mother (John 19:26, 27), and John’s greatest desire was that others would know the One he loved (John 20:31).

The overarching aim of our whole New Year should be to know God and Jesus Christ whom He sent. Jesus invites us to come to Him and to be refreshed in His presence. We can enjoy being with Him knowing we are loved.

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