Rest and Stretch

When was the last time you had a rest?

In today’s fast-faced world, we almost need to force ourselves to rest. It’s sad to think that resting has become somewhat of a luxury to many of us.

As a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor (CPI), one of my favorite postures to teach is called Rest and Stretch. It’s a wonderful stretch for the spine and whole body in general. The key is to relax into the stretch and breathe deeply. This is true with all the PraiseMoves postures, but this one in particular has always been a favorite in my classes.

The scripture that we recite along with Rest and Stretch is found in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus says,

Come to Me, all you 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

That is such a restful and reassuring scripture. Amen? Jesus will carry all our burdens, if only we let Him!

I am currently away on a resting vacation. We have minimal plans, with our only goal being relaxation. For my husband and I, that is a luxury. Look for my next blog post in two weeks.

Until then, I hope you enjoy some rest of your own!

Have a blessed week! 🙂

 

Mountain Mover

Regardless of where I live geographically, I’ll always be an ocean girl. When you spend your childhood listening to waves crashing beneath your bedroom window, that sound never leaves you.

But another part of me loves the mountains. I have many fond memories of family weekends in our VW Camper in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We drove along the Kancamagus Highway, exploring covered bridges, gorges, and falls. And although we never rode the famous Cog Railway, our car did climb Mt. Washington.

Mountains are as varied as seacoasts. Some are green and rolling, others are rugged and snow-capped. But unlike the ever-changing tides, mountains are steadfast and unmovable. You have to go around them, over them or through them, because they won’t get out of your way.

The biggest challenges we face in life may seem like mountains. And similar to Mount Everest, they are treacherous and often impossible to climb — unless you have a trusted and experienced guide.

I take great comfort in knowing that my God is able to move mountains. He knows every obstacle I face, and He will always provide a way to get to the other side. I’ve learned there are no shortcuts to the summit. The journey may be lengthy, but every step of that climb will deepen my faith.

When Jesus’ disciples could not cast a demon out of a young boy, they asked him why.

“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”” – Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬

Know this: there is no mountain too tall, too high, or too intimidating for God. Whatever mountain you are facing today, put your faith in Him, and trust that you will never climb alone.