Finding Rest

Have you ever felt weary, right down to your bones? That is the only way I can describe the feeling I have had for the past week. As I have learned from past experience, I need to embrace such times and recognize them as a prompting to slow down and rest. I need to choose my activities thoughtfully during this time and allow myself to unwind and be at peace.

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14

If you are anything like me, you typically try to ignore the urge to rest. Slowing down just doesn’t seem like an option when life keeps you running 24/7. Resting feels like a luxury and becomes our lowest priority. I know, however, that this is not a healthy pattern or how the Lord intended me to live.

So today, as I enjoy a well-deserved holiday and celebrate the freedoms I hold so dear, I will begin my down-time. As part of this rest period, I’ll be taking a break from my Sunday blog. I hope that you will spend some time exploring and reading a few of my past posts. I invite you to use the search feature on my home page to find a favorite Bible verse or a topic you’d like to explore. (I especially welcome your comments and always cherish your feedback.) I pray you will find peace as you peruse. 😊

Wishing you a restful summer!

Exodus 33:14

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Holding On to Hope

I enjoy writing my faith blog each week, and find inspiration from so many unexpected places. At times, however, I am at a loss for words when there are so many issues on my heart. Today was one such day. On the heels of a very busy week at work, and an emotionally exhausting wait for medical test results (all is well), I just didn’t know what to write.

I am sitting outside on my patio listening to the birds singing. The robins are particularly noisy tonight, perhaps scolding me because I am too close to a nest or the birdbath. A neighbor is mowing his lawn, and kids are playing basketball on the cul-de-sac. These sounds create a symphony of suburban life, a song I often take for granted.

As I hear stories in the news this week of unrest around the globe, and catastrophic flooding in nearby West Virginia, I know there are people who will never know the feeling of peace or security. There are many who lay down their heads in fear or hunger each night. They have lost hope.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23

It is easy to have hope when you have a roof over your head and food in your cupboard. It is harder to find hope when life is one endless battle. Only Christ can provide hope through His promise of eternal life. I thought of this hope today as we sang “In Christ Alone” in church this morning. The first verse is brimming with hope:

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

Christ’s unchanging love and strength are rock solid promises we can cling to through drought and storm. This is the hope I hold in my heart.

Hebrews 10:23

In Christ Alone
Written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

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