Some say it’s normal. Being busy is a way of life. Not being on the go means you are not doing enough. To sit down is to waste time.
In today’s society there is so much to do. We are constantly filling up our calendars with all kinds of events and goals and never ending chores. Our to do lists get longer and longer by the minute. Then, we lay awake at night when we are suppose to be resting and think about all of the things we did not get done. Is this really how God intending us to be as humans?
In the video you will notice there are cups and cups and CUPS of coffee to help get through the week. After I produced the video God said to me the coffee represents how often we rely on other things to get us through our days rather than leaning on Him for our strength and support.
We would run ourselves ragged if we continued on that pace in the video for very long. When we are so busy doing the WORK of God, when do we have time to spend with God? Which is why I would like to suggest that we take ACTION and learn to rest. What? Rest is an Action? Yes. Yes it is. If we forget this one simple element, rest, in our life, we will soon be unable to take any action at all.
A is for Abide: Learn how to stop running around and just abide in Jesus.
C is for Calling: Are the things you are doing really your calling?
T is for timing: Is there realistically time in your schedule for what you say yes to?
I is for intent: Why are you saying yes? To please God or man? Is it yes just because there is a desire to fit in?
O is for Open Communication: We must have open communication with God so that we will be directed to the things He wants us to do
N is for Next Step: If we are rested, God will be able to define our steps and put us right in line with the promise of
This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
I know I made it seem easy, yet I know it’s not. You have to start with loving yourself enough to say NO to those things which are hindering you from spending quality time with God. You really don’t have to do it all. That’s a lie from the enemy. He wants us to have our calendars filled everyday. He wants us to be worn out and unrested. But God doesn’t. He wants to lead you beside green pastures and let you see the still waters. He desires to restore us and guide us in the right paths. He wants to protect you from evil and comfort you. He wants you to sit at His table amongst your enemies. He wants to anoint your head with oil and fill your cup to overflowing. He wants goodness and mercy to follow after you and He wants to dwell with you in His house…..
How can He do this is we don’t sit still long enough?
Forgive us for being so busy that we miss you in the process. Teach us how to rest. Show us how in our own individual ways what it means to rest. We give you permission to slow us down so that we can rest in You daily. Lord, we praise You for the work You are about to do in our lives. Thank You for loving us right where we are.
In Jesus Name. AMEN
Just recently I had a passionate conversation and I wished I had recorded it, however, I will do my best to repeat the magnitude of what was said.
We are born. Not by our own choice, but God’s. We come into this world very unaware of our surroundings. No clue perhaps in those first few moments of taking our first breaths. Then as if out of nowhere there is a cutting. A sudden revelation of a separation takes place. The life line which you had been connected to for nine or so months suddenly is gone.
Now of course in those early stages of life we don’t actually have those thoughts running through our heads as birthing is a natural process which has been happening in this earth for a very long time. For those who have anxiety at the moment you can probably close your eyes and imagine that whole beginning scene. Those with separation issues could also relate. What you once knew as comfort and connection is suddenly gone. Taken away.
So let’s take this to the next level. As children we often cling to things such as stuffed animals, dolls or the ever so popular blankie. These items become very important to us in early life. You share EVERYTHING with this object, things you probably never told anyone else except for maybe your imaginary friend if you had one around. I remember my son had a favorite teddy bear. He went every where my son went. If it was time for Teddy to have a bath, my son would stand by the washer and dryer until the whole process was complete. He was clearly attached.
For the purposes of this discussion I am going to use the representation of the Blankie as I move through this next phase. The Blankie is going to represent things we cling to in life as a comfort: food, family, friends, secret sins, drugs, alcohol and the likes. Anything which we choose to go to instead of God. As with the Blankie, we develop a relationship with our source of comfort. It’s the one thing we know that will never let us down, it does not have the ability to. We know when no one else understands us, our Blankie will. It will comfort us. Keep us close. Never rejecting us. Always a true friend and confidante.
What happens when God asks us to let go of the Blankie so that He can be our comfort, our true friend and confidante? Of course! We panic. We cling all the tighter to our Blankie because a fear rises up in us. How can we trust anyone else with our Blankie? It knows us inside and out and would never hurt us or reject us or leave us hanging. How do we know we will find comfort after we let go of the Blankie?
It all comes down to trust. A trust beyond all thinking. A trust so strong you have no choice but to cling to it instead of your false comforts. For you see, a Blankie is just a false representation of love and trust. In the end, you can’t take it with you. It will be burned up with the things of the past. You will step into heaven and God will be there. Not your Blankie,–your false comfort.
God is calling us to trust Him with EVERYTHING. Just like we shared our entire early stages of life with said Blankie, God wants you to choose to trust Him. He wants to be your comfort. Your security. You source of Acceptance.
Some of us are still clinging to our Blankies. We are at a point in our adult lives where we are afraid of being hurt and disappointed. We don’t want to give up the very thing which has been there all along. Drugs, alcohol, secret sins, food, bad relationships and various other addictions are not our security. They are not our comfort. They are not to be trusted. Only God. God is the only one who will never let you down. He will be there from the beginning until the end. You can take Him where ever you go. You can share every secret with Him.
One final thought. In the beginning, we are not the ones who get to choose who cuts the cord. When it comes to our false comforts we don’t have to do anything but trust God to take them and heal us from the aftermath. We run around this big earth thinking we have to do more. Thinking we are the ones who have to fix ourselves before we can go to God. Those are lies. God will take your Blankie. All you have to do is believe.
Dear Lord, Help me today to trust you with my Blankie. I choose today to trust you with my Blankie. I believe You can be trusted. I believe You are my source of comfort and security. Lord let me learn that the past is behind me and You are right in front of me, waiting to heal me. I thank You Lord for removing those things in my life which are not of You. I pray for all those who feel stuck in their sin or addictions that they made find true comfort in You alone and be healed from their wounds. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Just recently I have realized how much easier life is when I just sit and stay. Like a dog learning new tricks I am. To be still and quiet. To be content with just slowing down. Smelling the r…
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