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Resting

Jeremiah 31:25

I’ll refresh tired bodies; I’ll restore tired souls.
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Ever just been tired?  Too exhausted to even take another step or get out of bed?  Just dreading making a move of any kind?  I think we have all been there at some point in our lives.  Often there is just not enough time in a day and we wear ourselves out trying to get everything done.  In today’s society there is not much time allotted for resting let alone actually sleeping 8 hours a day.  We hardly ever take time to rejuvenate our souls, minds and bodies.  No wonder we come to this place where nothing matters and we have no desire to do anything.
The word “rest” is mentioned 525 times in the King James version of the Bible, to me that makes it pretty important to God.  We were created for fellowship and in order to have a relationship with anyone including God, we need time.   Time to slow our lives down long enough to quiet our minds so that we can begin an intimate relationship.  How do we get to this point?  Where do we add an hour to any given day?  Do we skip breakfast to take time to rest?  Do we go to work an hour late?  Do we cut out family time to meet with God?
None of those options seem to make sense.  What it took for me was making time.  Yes it was a sacrificed period of time in my week to spend with Jesus.  It started on Saturday nights at a soaking service.  A 3 to 6 hour span of time to just sit in the presence of God.  I know it seems it bit extreme when before this I barely said good morning to Him.  I think I just got to a point where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and I wanted desperately to be changed.  I wanted to experience rest and I needed it ever so badly.
As I began to spend my Saturday nights at church instead of sitting home on my Facebook or watching movies, I began to see Who  God really was.  As the weeks went by I began to include God into my daily life and soon He was a focus all the time.  Now I am to a place where I can pray and worship and have a living relationship with God all day  long.  From the moment I awake and say Good Morning Lord to the very end of my day.  I can pray anywhere, any time.  I can sing worship songs in my head even at work during our busiest rush.  The more I seek Him the more at rest I feel.
It all begins with our thought life.  What do we consume our thinking with?  Debt? Stress?  Worry?  Failures?  Future issues?  Past regrets?  There is so much that we think about that has nothing to do with God.  I challenge you to start talking to God.  Begin with a Good Morning and end with a Good Night.  It takes taking that first step.  Then include Him into your breakfast time or lunch hour.  Say a simple  random prayer here or there peppered throughout your day.  Soon before you even realize it, you are in a more intimate relationship with God than ever before.
Resting does not necessarily mean sleeping or sitting or lounging around, it is in the mind.  When our thought life includes God there is a lot less confusion and frustration going on in our minds.  When we are not consumed with all the things of this world, God can override and give us peace and rest.  With this mindset we can do anything we set our minds to.  Resting IN Him simple means we surrender our lives to Him.  We give Him permission to refuel our spirits and give refreshing to our minds.  Resting IN Him is what gets us from dot to dot in this crazy world.
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If It Takes Time Behind Bars

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 NLT

Ever wonder what God is up to?  It never ceases to amaze me the crazy stories I hear about those who have come to know the Lord.  Sometimes the way God works things out is nothing like we planned it out to be.  We are often puzzled by the happenings we witness around us all the time.  My life has been no different. Yes, I made some bad choices along the way, but God turns all things to good for His glory.  This is happening right now in my life and as I sit in a period of rest, God is doing all these things on my behalf.  Let me be real with you here for a moment on this early Easter morning as we focus on resurrection time.  This is a time for renewal.  A time for new beginnings.  A time to see just how alive in Christ we are.

As I sit here I can tell you I am at rest.  I am doing nothing to force God into moving.  I am in surrender and in worship mode.  I have completely just let things happen in my life in the last few weeks and it has been amazing to watch God at work.  My book is finished and being edited.  Nothing I can do here but wait.  I just received a promotion at work to General Manager.  I knew I was being considered but they only let me know like two weeks ago.  I was told I would be attending Hamburger University in August so I thought I had all summer to prove whether I deserved the position or not. Nope, they told me this Tuesday I was acting General Manager as of that past Sunday.  Here again, nothing I did, just waiting and being obedient.  The house situation, I laugh at this one.  They lowered the price to $100,000, we have a possible buyer in mind for my dads house and we feel we are to just scrap out the trailer.  Once more, God is in control because I let it go.

Now, here is the icing on the cake.  Some may feel differently about this, yet I know that I know that I know it is God at work this very moment.  There is so much God in this part of the story I probably can’t even explain it all in words.  I have surrendered my marriage.  Through soaking prayer, I have let my husband be released to God and I am married to Jesus.  Clearly Jesus is taking care of my every need and providing the things I am in need of.  Meanwhile, God is doing a work in my husband. This by far is the saddest part of my rest period but I feel it will be the one which brings the most joy.  My husband is currently in the county jail waiting sentencing.  He has been charged with forced entry and burglary.  I do not know all the circumstances but according to the police officer I spoke with it must be pretty serious since the judge placed a $100,000 bond for him.

The timing for this situation is not favorable.  Those who have read my Day of Deliverance know that on April 13th, 2009, my daughter’s 15th birthday my husband tried to commit suicide while strung out on several drugs.  This situation comes 10 days before my daughter turns 18 which means if he is convicted of this crime, he will not only miss her birthday but also prom, graduation and her open house.  Yet with all of this I am at peace knowing this is an answer to prayer.  Not long after my husband and I were separated I had two different times of people praying over our family and it was prophesied that my husband would come to know the Lord through going to prison.  Since what he is being charged with is a felony, this could be it.  I cannot pretend to know what God is up to, however restoration is one of the promises He gave to me.

To further my excitement, at an Easter drama last night at a nearby church, God moved me in my spirit to write Brian’s name on one of my business cards and I was able to give it to a member of Teen Challenge (the place where Brian is suppose to go to find healing) and then my friend had me fill out a prayer request which I thought was weird since I do not attend that church and God was already at work.  I filled it out anyways and gave it to the pastor, I giggled a little inside when his exact words were, ” I will make sure this gets to our jail ministry persons.”  I so know God is at work and the fire in my belly is such a comfort. God is true to keep His promises and as I am in this rest period I am content knowing God is in control and there is nothing I have to do but be obedient in my surrender.