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Weariness

Weariness can stymie ministry and that is why God directs His children to rest and to care for our bodies.  God gives instruction in the Bible about rest and good health. He began with establishing a day of rest. Our powerful God did not require rest, but He surveyed His Creation,declared it good, and rested. We can work with excellence and then cease our work and meditate on the Creator.

Paul called  our bodies a temple in 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

God calls for our very best in serving Him. Time in prayer, time resting, time enjoying God's creation are times renewing both our body and soul. People sometimes smile about my early morning coffee sessions, but that is my time with God renewing and resting and conversing with God.  I cherish that hour when the sun first shows brilliant color across the sky. God clears out the cobwebs of confusion in my head as I sit quietly.

My physical health has always been a priority, and prayer and quietness with God is an  essential factor in  our health. Sometimes I am weary and know not why, but my Heavenly Father does. Being still in his presence is healing salve for the weary.  Find time for your renewal with God. You will be amazed at the outcome.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

 

Gathered In

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”- Augustine

Grief is that which lingers after death in various forms and for various periods of time. Grief in the loss of a child peeks around a corner long after the event. How does one face that overwelming fog that comes in with a song, a birthday, or just a passing memory? When those days blindside me, I just stop in my tracks and ask God to help, to walk with me and give me clarity of thought.

You know, God understands so very well about the death of one's child. I go back to those words in Psalm 91 every time, and picture being drawn in to God as we often comfort our own children. I am His child after all.

I am often taken back by  His individual care and attention to me when I spend time in commune with my Heavenly Father. He knows the precise number of  hairs on my head (Matthew 10:30), and yet He is described in Isaiah 40 as an immeasurable and incomprehensible  God  by the prophet. That is beyond my cognitive abilities, yet so very comforting. How thankful I am for my God who is discribed as God Most High (El-Elyon), yet gathers His children to Him,  offering them refuge and strength.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and fortress, my2 God, in whom I trust.

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will
cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

 

 

A Challenge

Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.


Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.


2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

As the new year opens, let us remember what proclaiming to be Christ-followers means.  Are we just people in the world living out our lives working for financial security or social status or does our life have a deeper meaning? Christ calls for us to be different, uncommon in a world where worldliness is the commonality we share the most.

I am amazed at the availability of information through technology on social media, on live-streaming television. Paul emphasizes the renewal of our minds in his writing to the Roman's. Are we exposing our thoughts to unwholesome language, hatred, worldly living? I know of a book that offers alternatives.

I propose a challenge to you. Sit down, take your Bible and read it from cover to cover! Yes, it is difficult reading at times, yes it takes time, yes you may need a dictionary, and yes, if you are faithful to your commitment to complete your reading from cover to cover, you will be transformed. Actually, you will be amazed at all the new knowledge you will discover in passages you have read countless times. You will be convicted about the priorities in your lives.

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