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Resting again

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Recently, God's been teaching me a lot about rest. (Again?? Didn't we already go through this?? Yeah yeah... I'm a slow learner!) What it is. What it isn't. How it's done.

 

 

Now, I'm a list girl. Grocery lists. To-Do lists. Things to pack lists. Thing to clean lists. Things to do someday lists.

So naturally, simply adding "rest" to my list of to-dos seemed completely logical. (Cause I'm completely logical most of the time - thanks for that, dad!)

 

 

But I found that when I sat down to "rest and relax" it was one more thing to get done... it wasn't rest. It didn't feel like taking a break. And when it didn't feel like I was accomplishing my to-do list... it turned to guilt. Guilt because I had to get stuff done... Guilt because I wasn't getting anything done. Guilt because I need to get stuff done in order to be feel accomplished today!

Oh wait. Now I have a guilt list.

 So much for rest.

 

 

Psalm 94: 19 says, "When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul." 

 

 

Rest isn't a thing to do. It's a state of mind.

"Be still, and know that I am God."

"Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

"My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest."

 

 

I am not defined by the things I get done. I am not defined by how clean my house is. I am not defined by how well my business runs. I am not defined by the clothes I wear or the food I eat.

I am defined by Christ. I am His and He is mine.

 

 

Today I'm setting down guilt, and picking up rest instead. Will you join me?