Five Minute Friday: Rest

Five Minute Friday

Noise. Thoughts. Business. Rest-stealers, they are. Self-condemnation–feeling like I am not being everything to everyone or anything to anyone? I end up feeling like I am good at the wrong kind of rest, the I’mso-overwhelmed-I’ll -do-nothing kind of rest.

I need to perfect the kind of Biblical rest that Jesus advocated. He got away to pray. Oftentimes he was followed and needed and he was gracious and responded to those needs. So, I don’t need to feel less when I am interrupted in my attempts at quiet and rest.

My four-year-old reminds me that I need rest. His daddy sent him upstairs for a forced rest yesterday and when he came down, he sat on the stairs and called down “I am praying. Would you pray?” His short, sweet prayers that often consist of something like “Please help me be good” refresh me and remind me that I don’t have to have hours and hours to rest. I need to use the time that I have to rest.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

4 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Rest

  1. You have such a gift with your writing, to show things as they really are. I love how you mention the right kind of rest. that is something I need to remember when I practicing rest that is my kind, not His kind. Bravo!

    • Thank you for your encouragement Kara. I have been enjoying writing as an outlet after not writing for many years.
      Striving for peace and rest.
      Blessings for your week.

  2. Reading this reminds me that there are so many rest-stealers in life. Sometimes I have that tendency to push myself to empty exhaustion though God has been teaching me too about finding that right kind of rest. A great goal to strive for!

    • Thank you Amy. Avoiding rest-stealers is hard, especially the self-made ones–mostly my bad habits.
      Praying that we will be able to find the right kind of rest.

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