January 5, 2018 Memory Verse

Matthew 11_28,30

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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

Isaiah 66:1-2 Where To Build God’s House?

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. Isaiah 66:1

There are times that it is difficult to purchase a person a birthday gift. They seem to have everything that they could possibly want. Looking at wealthy people, this even seems more so. Getting a gift for someone who has all they desire can be quite a challenge. A lot of it will depend upon the heart of the person. What does a person get the person who has everything that they want?

Most people do not have the problem of having so much that there is nothing left to possibly want. Nearly every person can think of several things that they desire. Most of those things will most likely be physical things, while some will also be non-physical things, such as peace, joy, happiness, or health.

One thing that many people will like, but not necessarily ask for is something hand-made or time with that person. This shows something that was made and given from the heart.

God is the one who has made the heavens and the earth. Since He has made everything that exists, He also owns it. Now God is looking for something. He is looking for a place to rest. This shows His heart’s real desire.

As a human being, you may wonder what can you give God, since He owns it all already. God created you to have fellowship with you. He wants to sit down and rest with you. Even though God made everything there is, He wants a place to rest and be still.

The place He desires is in you. It is in your heart and life. God wants to spend time with you. Of all the things that you can give God, this is the only one that God does not already have. God made your heart, but gave it to you. Now it is your turn to give it back to Him.

Allow God to make your heart His temple. This will be the best house and gift God can ever have.

Will you build a house for God today?

I pray today that you will dedicate your heart to God; that God will find a place to rest in your life; that your heart will be a welcome spot for God to live; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.

Isaiah 57:1-2 A Reason To Be Removed

The righteous perish, and no one take it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Death is something that most people have been around at least once or more times in their life. The older a person is, the more that he has seen death. As it occurs, often the question is asked, why?

Death is very hard on those who are still living. Those living are hurting from missing the loved one. Many go through struggles as to why the person had to die, especially when the person was very young, and maybe in great health.

It is even more difficult to see a person die young, who was a strong believer in Jesus and very active in being a witness. Looking at that person, others ask why God would remove that person because he was doing great work for God.

Although the reasons that God takes the life of a believer are as numerous as the stars in the sky and no one can fully understand the reason, Isaiah gives one good reason. That reason is to spare that person from evil, to give him rest and peace.

God knows the past, present and future of every person on this earth. He knows exactly what is going to happen to that person. As a human being, you do not know those things. you do not know how rough life will get for a person if he stays alive, but God does. God in His great wisdom and mercy will take the life of a person in order to spare them from a great evil.

Although as a human, you will miss the person, keep in mind where a dying believer will be when he dies. When a believer dies, he gets to go to Jesus and be at peace and rest for the rest of eternity. He steps into a world that is without pain, suffering or any evil.

As hard as it is to let someone go, let God’s wisdom prevail and let that person have the peace and rest God provides. Keeping a person here on this earth may be worse than the pain you are feeling in losing him. Trust God today and seek His peace and strength in your loss.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that God will comfort any loss in your life; that you will know the joy of others going to heaven; and that God presence will be strong in your life.

Psalm 62:1 Having Real Rest

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

People everywhere always look forward to vacations. They look forward to getting away from the workplace and business of running around everywhere in everyday life. Many just want to get away to relax and be able to breathe again. Vacations are what most people look forward too in order to attempt to get some rest.

The reality for many people who do take a vacation, is that they do not really relax on the vacation. They have to go here, go there, do this, do that, and end up worn out at the end. It is often said that they need a vacation from the vacation so that they can go back to work with energy.

People are always looking for peace and rest, yet, very few are finding it. The rest that they are truly needing is rest for the soul, an inner peace. This type of rest is one that no one in the world can truly give. There is not a vacation on this earth that will bring about the desired inner peace and rest that every person needs.

This type of rest comes from God and Him alone. It is trusting in Him for and through everything. It is trusting Him for the strength to do what needs to be done. It is trusting Him for the salvation of your soul. It is trusting Him hold you up in the fiery trials of this life.

Life will not always be easy, but with God it can be accomplished. There is work to be done on this earth as long as you are alive and there are unsaved people on it. The enemy will always be trying to attack you as long as you follow Jesus.

You are in the battle for your life and the lives of others. In the battle you will get tired and weary, but God is your strength. He is the one who will bring you through this battle of life.

Where are you looking for rest today?

Are you finding the true rest that only God can give?

I pray today that you will know God in a personal way; that your soul will find rest and peace in Jesus; that God will strengthen you in the battles of this life; and that you will always be able to do what God desires you to do.

Psalm 7:1 Taking Refuge

LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, Psalm 7:1

David was being pursued by men trying to capture and kill him. He called out to God to protect him from his enemies who were after him.

People are chased by enemies all the time. Some of these enemies are physical ones, out to do harm, as was in the case with David. Most are not physical enemies, but spiritual enemies that try to rob the soul of the abundant life God wanted each person to have.

These enemies come in the form of hunger, debt, greed, jealousy, suffering, pain, sickness, pride, and the list goes on forever. These are things that attempt to pull a person away from God. Most of these bring on a spirit of fear and will cripple a person in his walk with God.

As people are chased by these things, often they look to the world to protect them. Many live in fear because of these enemies. They seek a new leader in the government, government programs, doing good things, going to church, going to friends, and other ways.

There is nothing saying that some of these things are not good, but they are not the real protection a person needs. None of these will provide true rest and protection for very long.

As you are going through life, there will be enemies that pursue you. Do not live in fear of your enemies. Do not be like the world and go to the world’s ways for protection. Those ways are only temporary and will fall.

David took up his place of peace and safety in God. He trusted God and God alone to protect and save him from all his enemies.

Turn to God and take up your refuge in Him. Seek God on a daily basis, even hourly or every minute, for your protection. Cry out to God for His mercy to protect you.

God is there for you, not against you. He is the One who is in control of the entire universe. He made everything, so He can also protect you and give you the peace and rest you need from all of your enemies.

I pray today that you will find rest in God alone; that God will remove fear of any enemy in your life; that you God will strengthen you to not be overcome by any enemy; and that you will be His witness in this world.

 

 

Rest…What Is That?

In today’s society everything needs to be done as fast as possible. No matter how fast a computer is, it needs to be just a little bit faster. No matter how high the speed limit is, people want to drive faster. Meals at a restaurant can never seem to get to the table fast enough.

With all of the things going on in life people get tired and want to rest. Rest is something most people want, but can never seem to find. The busyness of life seems to bog people down and keep them from ever getting enough rest.

I have to go to work, clean the house, do the dishes, wash the car, pay the bills, drive kids to the school, teach my kids, mow the yard, weed the garden, go grocery shopping, and the list goes on forever of what needs to be done.

Along with all of the needs that need to be done, there are the things I want to do, watch a tv show or movie, go on a date with my wife, read a book, play a game with my kids, watch a game, do a hobby, and the list goes on.

You have your list of things that need to be done and the things you want to do. With all of these things you want to find some rest, but cannot seem to find it ever.

Rest comes from the correct perspective of life. After God made the heavens and the earth in six days, He rested. Ever since then God has been running this world, yet He never needs a day off to rest. He finds His rest in the joy of doing what He is doing.

As a human being you need to get your focus on God and what He wants for your life. God had set up the rule to work six days, and rest on the Sabbath. The day of Sabbath was to be one of no work at all, not even cooking.

David said, Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1-2

David found his rest in God and in God alone. People often try to find their rest in doing more. They want a vacation and end up running harder on vacation than at work.

You need to stop and find time to be with God. Allow God to hold you in His arms and bring you the needed rest. This is just like a little baby being held by his mother. He finds comfort and rest in His mother’s arms.

Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Often we put burdens on ourselves and wear ourselves out by them. We feel we have to do much more than what is really needed and get worn out. Most people have a hard time saying no.

You are to go to Jesus with all of the details of your life. Allow God to guide your steps. His burden for you will be light compared to what you will put on yourself.

When you are trusting in God for all of your needs and desires, you will rest better. You will be able to go to sleep without worrying about tomorrow. You will have a peaceful sleep and get the needed rest.

When you stop and spend time with God, it will remove the burdens and stress of this world.

This does not have to be hours in a day everyday, but some time each and every day. You may even stop several times a day for a few minutes to rest in God. Stop and breath in the breath of God into your busy life. Allow God to slow down your heart rate and be at rest.

God wants you to rest. That rest is only found in Him. The world will give you more and more to do, and tell you need to do even more.

I trust that in the days to come you will find your rest in God. Find that rest that you have been searching for and get the renewed strength that you need to do the things God wants you to do.