All posts tagged: rest

Monday Night Meditation

Lead Me to the Rock that is higher than I “Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is.” AW Tozer #tozer — A W Tozer (@TozerAW) April 24, 2015 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

All effort is in vain without the Lord

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2 Let me clarify or unpack a few things before we get to the heart of the matter here in Psalm 127. First of all, the first three verses of Psalm 127 is not an encouragement to laziness. When Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air they don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Look at the lilies of the field, they don’t work or make their clothing,” – he was not telling us that we should not work. We know from other passages that if we do not work we will not eat. Diligence is neither greed nor restless anxiety Those who build a house must indeed labor on it, and certainly the watchman of a city must certainly stay awake.  Children are a heritage from the Lord – his gift, yet husband and wife must do something in bringing the …

What My Soul Needs is God

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. This is one of my most favored Psalms of all-time. It has a humble and longing posture that is most important to anyone who truly wants to know and experience God. The idea of running after or seeking after God is exciting and adventurous. To me, His ways are past finding out, and you might be surprise about what you might discover about Him as you attempt to seek more of Him. Therefore, for the soul to truly live and thrive, and experience God in meaningful ways, one must understand the things that keep the soul alive and thriving and fight the things that try to hinder it. Because the soul is easily cast down. It easily loses hope and is easily troubled. So here are a few things to consider: A sustained hunger and thirst for God through shouts of worship and praise (verse 1 and …

Discover the Seven-fold activity of God in Psalm 23

God is perfect and everything he does is perfect. Take a fresh look a this timeless psalm again today… It’s the seven-fold perfection of God in our imperfect lives. he satisfies our hunger… There is a promised reward for all those who hunger after God and His righteousness – They shall be filled. he leads us by the still waters; There is a promised reward for those who would allow God to take them to still waters – They shall find rest he restores us when we have fallen away There is a promised reward for those who repent and turn from their wicked ways – They shall be restored. he guides us in the way of righteousness There is a promised reward for those who would look to God and His word for what they want to do – They shall find guidance. he abides `with us’ even through death There is a promised reward for who do not fear when life is hard, dangerous and even tragic – They will never be alone in …

Broken Cisterns, Fountain of Life

Why do most people fail to look to God solely for their every need? Why do we, knowing the all-sufficiency, providence and faithfulness of God, act like we really don’t believe he is the source of our every need? I mean, words like: come unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest I will supply all your needs according to my riches in glory I daily carry your burdens I am watching over my word to do it for you I am the Lord who heals you all the promises of God are yes, and to his glory the Amen is said I will never leave you nor forsake you all good a perfect gift comes from above, from the father of lights must mean something, right? With Him “is the fountain of life; and in his light we see light. Yet in the face of all these incredible promises, we “commit two evils: we forsake Him, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for ourselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” …

Let the Lord be your Pace Setter: Psalm 23 for busy people

I thought I will share this one again, mostly a prayer for me, cause I am supper busy. I will make it a prayer for you too. Be blessed! Psalm 23 For Busy People The Lord is my Pace Setter, I shall not rush, He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals, He provides me with images of stillness, Which restore my serenity. He leads me in ways of efficiency, through calmness of mind; and his guidance is peace. Even though I have a great many things to carry out each day, I will not fret, for his presence is here. His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance. He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity, by anointing my head with his oils of tranquility, My cup of joyous energy overflows. Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours, For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord, and dwell in his house for ever. _______________________________ -Mariam Wright Edelman

The Great Exchange: Burdens for Rest

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 The word labor here can be illustrated by the story of a man who has a great load laid upon him, which he must carry to a certain place: every step he takes reduces his strength, and renders his load the more oppressive. However, the load must be carried using his utmost exertions to reach the place where it is to be laid down. It is only logical for a kind person, seeing his distress, to offer him help to ease his load, that he may enjoy rest. This is exactly what Jesus offers. Back in the day, when training a new animal (such as an ox) to plow, farmers would often yoke it to an older, stronger, more experienced animal who would bear …

Conflict Resolution: Three Thing To Avoid

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. Matthew 18:15 1. Do everything in your power to avoid using email, text messages, or Facebook and twitter to either confront or respond to any conflict related issues. Chances are you will be misunderstood. Chances are the problem may take longer to be resolved. Chances are the problem could be blown out of proportion. Meet face to face, resolve the issue, give your apology, affirm your love or appreciation for each other, and recommit to the relationship. If this first step doesn’t work, study Matthew 18, all the while, staying humble, prayerful and sensitive to the Holy Spirit. 2. Always remember #1 3. Never forget # 1 Conclusion: Sometimes a conflict can happen between people living far apart geographically. In this instance a simple apology may suffice. Recognize your fault, humble yourself, give no excuses, give no explanations, just say – I’M Sorry!

Times of Refreshing

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams. Isaiah 44:3-4 Someone once said, Without the Spirit of the Lord, we become packed and parched. That we need for him to inundate us with his love, and soak us with a steady stream so that what lies dormant can blossom. Lord, help us to return to the source of life and spiritual satisfaction and make us the course through which you reach and touch others… Amen!