Psalm 62:1 Finding Rest

Fox resting

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1 

Rest is something that most people desire, but are unable to find. Running from morning until night, seven days a week, people struggle to find rest.

Rest becomes elusive because of the race that people are in to try and satisfy their soul. They fear rejection, poverty, looking bad, and missing out so they run harder to prevent those things from occurring. When they lie down at night, their minds race in fear for the next day trying to determine how to make something happen or to keep moving forward, thus not getting any rest.

The goals of people are for temporary happiness and enjoyment, but often these are missing in the race. People miss out on life striving to run hard after false things, false hopes and false dreams.

David was a person who had to run, both physically and in what he had to do. Many times he was running from an enemy, and other times he was busy running a nation as the king. During it all he found rest in God. He realized that salvation came from God alone.

Every believer needs to realize that it is God who is the true provider for every need he has. Provision for physical, spiritual and emotional needs. There is nothing that God cannot supply.

Instead of looking to the temporary things that this world can provide, one must look to God for the eternal things. The things that last are forgiveness, love, peace, joy, kindness, mercy, patience, and God’s presence. When a believer has God at the center of his life, he will know the rest that God provides. This will allow him to lie down at night in peace and sleep knowing God is in control and will save him in the end.

You may be one who is struggling to find rest. Rest seems to elude you every where you look. Instead of searching for it with the things of this world, seek God and His presence in your life.

Allow God to have complete control in your life and see Him work His hand of provision and salvation in your life. God can give you a peace and rest in the middle of the greatest storms in your life. His rest will allow you to sleep and renew your strength to that of an eagle or a horse.

I pray today that you will know the salvation God provides; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that God will fill your heart and soul with His rest and peace; and that you will find rest in God alone.

Psalm 4:8 Sleep In Peace

Cat sleeping

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 

Good sleep is something that a lot of people are desiring, yet are not always getting it. It is common for people to toss and turn all night, or constantly be getting up for something throughout the night. When morning comes they feel as if they had not slept at all and are not rested and ready for the new day.

To help combat this restless sleeping people will try many different things. It is common for many to have a drink of alcohol in the evening before going to bed to begin to relax. Others take medicines, both over-the-counter and prescription, to help them sleep better at night.

The reason many cannot sleep is that they have things on their minds. They are worried about tomorrow, they are worried about what happened that day, they are trying to figure out what to do in a situation, and many other reasons.

David said he was able to lie down in peace and sleep. Yet, much of his life he had been running from enemies. He had peace because he knew that God was protecting him. He was safe in God’s hands.

The world only has the here and now and what they can individually do. They do not have the peace of God, the One in absolute control, in their lives. They live in sin and hope that everything will turn out all right, so they toss and turn seeking rest that is not there.

Believers know that God is in control of every situation in their lives. They do not have to worry about any thing. One can lie down at night, laying down every situation in his life at the feet of Jesus, knowing that God is in control and will take care of him. All fear and worry can leave, so that he can have a peaceful rest.

Place all of your cares and worries into God’s hands. Trust that He is in control. Then when you go to sleep at night, you can rest assured that God is with you and will protect you.

Put all your trust in God and not the things of this world. This world will let you down and destroy you. God will build you up and give you life, eternal life.

Do you have peace at night?

I pray today that you will know the peace God offers; that you will put all of your trust in God; that you will allow God to take care of your worries and fear; and that God will give you a peaceful rest each night.

Say Yes To White Space

My wife had written this post recently for another blog space. It is written to parents with special needs children in the homeschool world.

Say Yes to White Space

By Cammie Arn

Do you ever feel like life is a blur? Are you just going through the motions? Do you feel like you’re behind before you even start the day? I know how that feels too.

Rest is productive

I have to remind myself every year that white space on the calendar is a good thing. Scheduling off-time is crucial. Our society pushes us to believe that we must always do something and that rest is unproductive. You don’t really NEED to sleep 8 hours do you? Six hours is enough, isn’t it?

Can I persuade you to believe that rest IS productive?  Taking time to rest enables you to be the best version of yourself you can be. It allows you to fully be with your children. They become your mission and not your distraction.

Exhaustion is real

The beginning of the school year looms with all of the activities that it brings. Pair that with appointments, church activities extra-curriculars, and the daily tasks of housekeeping and you have a recipe for exhaustion.  This is especially true in my family of ten!

Plan white space

Can I encourage you to take a day a week, an hour a day or 5 minutes an hour and just do nothing? To just Breathe?  Here are some things you can do to recharge:

  • Pray
  • Take a walk
  • Relax in a bubble bath
  • Whatever it takes for you to unplug

This has helped me so much! I can go into the day with a clear focus because exhaustion no longer rules the day. We are so intentional with our families, but often neglect ourselves.

Welcome rest

So as you go into this next school year, take a deep breath and say no to things you’re not called to (it is okay to say no). Say no to the things that drain you. Say yes to REST.

Remember that white space in your life brings a calming peace. Kids being bored is a good thing. That’s when imaginations come in and creativity abounds.

Say yes to white space…

You CAN do this..

This was originally posted at: Say Yes To White Space