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Sleep Awake

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. 1 John 3:18 MSG

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Get some rest!  Time for a nap!  Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.  Slow down, take a load off.  How many times do we hear these statements?  We read them in magazines.  Our doctors tell us every visit.  We see endless television programs on it. Rest seems overrated in today’s society.  Who actually has time for it with our busy schedules?

I recently was down with an upper-respiratory flu and all I could do was sleep.  I got sick on a Saturday morning and was down for 5 days.  I think it is the first time I actually listened to the doctor and did my time in bed rest.  I knew in my head that I had work to think about, I was missing church and a had husband who needed me, however I had to overlook those things and focus on me for a moment.

I went back to work on Thursday and worked 3 full days only to find myself on Sunday unable to attend church and slept until 4:30 in the afternoon.  I felt like I missed out on a whole day yet my body was telling me it was time to rest.  I actually despise that word…REST.  I just feel like I don’t have time.  I have to blog.  I have to write book #3.  I have a hubby wanting to spend time together.  Oh, and work. And taking care of my dad and keeping track of my kids and building relationships. Did I mention church 4 times a week?  I sound like a broken shell of a human sometimes, so what keeps me going?  Rest.

Ironic as it is, rest is what keeps all of us going.  Whether it be the 8 hours at night or the 20 minute nap.  The 30 minute walk.  The 30 minutes of listening to our favorite music.  The 1 hour of prayer.  Or the 15 minutes we have to spend worshiping God on the way to work.  We as humans who have a body, soul and mind needs a pause once in awhile before we burn out and become unworthy to even be seen with.

In these next three blogs I will take a look at rest, refresh and reflect.  The reason I get through any day of the week is God.  If I do not take at least some time during my day to worship or rest IN God, I won’t make it.  Generally my rest period is my drive to work.  That 15 minutes I get for me and God.  I can tell Him anything.  I sing as loud as I want.  I am free to be me and my soul craves that!  Taking time to rest requires re-planning on our part.  Sometimes we just don’t have time for 8 hours of sleeping or 20 minutes of napping and all we can do is take a moment to commune with God no matter how brief.  I take time in the shower, my drive to work, the quiet time right before falling asleep, in the middle of my day I break out in song or prayer in my head….I just interject God wherever I can.

This brief encounter with God can make or break my day.  Where does your rest come from?  Are you one of the lucky ones who gets 8 hours of sleep EVERY night?  Do you have time in your day to nap?  Whenever it is, I pray each of you reading this takes a good look at your relationship with God and ask this simple question:  Am I resting IN Him everyday?  If the answer is no, then what can be changed so that He becomes a part of your daily walk.  We can’t just have Jesus on Sunday and make it through our week in peace.

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Lack of Potential Syndrome

Colossians 3:15-17

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
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When God created the earth He had communion in mind.  He created a space to find peace.  He created running waters to sooth the soul.  He designed stars for a glamours night view.  He added a sprinkling of birds and animals to roam. Then He created His masterpiece…man.  Made in His image and for the purpose of a relationship.  On top of that He has provided everything we need to survive.  How have we gotten so far off track?
As I am here in the middle of Thanksgiving preparation I am forced to rest in between preparations just because of timing, I can’t do everything all at once…God did not rest during the creation process until the seventh day, what commitment.  He was so excited to bring life to what He created that He did not take time to breathe in between.  What if we loved God and only rested in Him, not stopping in the flesh to rest, but to lay down our lives and rest IN Him?  What if we kept busy with the things of God the whole time?
In today’s society we are often so beaten and abused by those who are suppose to love us that we develop a lack of potential syndrome in our lives.  We can only hear the words “You’re not going to amount to anything” so many times before we begin to believe it.  Or how about “You’re not doing that right” and someone just takes over what we are doing and does it their right way?  I could list so many more awful things which we have been flooded with in our lives that we would all be depressed by the time I got done.  Let me share this with you:
Our God sees your potential. He has programmed you to love.  He believes in your dreams and He sees your heart.  Begin today to see yourself as God does.  Reflect on the fact that you begin as a purpose…to have a relationship with the One Who created this very earth.  Disregard all of those hurtful things which have been spoken over you..they no longer matter.  Begin right now to accept you are loved.  You are wanted.  You are desired. You matter.  Yes, you…YOU matter to God.
I pray today on this Thanksgiving that we begin to allow our broken pieces to mend and give our shattered selves to Jesus, He is the only one that can heal our pain.  He is the only one who will not tell you lies.  He will bring truth to any lies spoken to you.  I pray that each of you finds self-worth today for I am thankful you read these words I spiel out.  God has a purpose for each of our lives with the end result being UNITY IN HIM.. Yes, resting IN Him allows us to hear His heart and stay in tune.