Rest

Last week I mentioned that I had a surprise. The surprise I did not discuss became more of a reality later in the week. My nose started to run and I have a little cough…

I really hate to discuss it all because I don’t want to draw attention to any of it, but the lesson I am learning from it is that God does desire for us to rest. Rest in HIM. Rest to heal. Rest to be with Him. Many reasons we need to rest.

I have often said that our lives often become so busy that we forget to rest. The women’s retreats I used to host were about learning to stop and rest. Learning to stop and LISTEN to His voice. Learning how to let go of frustrations and really TRUST Him. The theme was Rest and Refresh and Restore… Someday I hope to host another one!!!

The Word is clear that REST is important. As I looked at verses, this one jumped out at me:

Psalm 55:7-9 I said, “I wish I had wings like a dove! Then I could fly away and be at rest. Yes, I would flee to a place far off, I would stay in the desert. (Selah) I would quickly find me a shelter from the raging wind and storm.”

I read the whole chapter, and it is my thoughts and feelings today. There are days I feel the battle so strongly and just want it to go away. I want to run from it and find a place to hide. Then I read the following verses…

Verses 13-15: For it was not an enemy who insulted me; if it had been, I could have borne it. It was not my adversary who treated me with scorn; if it had been, I could have hidden myself. But it was you, a man of my own kind, my companion, whom I knew well. We used to share our hearts with each other; in the house of God we walked with the crowd.

How very true. It is often those who we are close to that cause the most pain. It is those who we have companioned with and spent time with. It is those who we “shared hearts with.” What does David tell us to do when these moments happen????

Verse 23: Unload your burden on Adonai, and he will sustain you. He will never permit the righteous to be moved.

The chapter ends with:

But for my part, [Adonai,] I put my trust in you.

Friends, let HIM be your ROCK and REST. Don’t run. Just find peace in the middle of the storm. Find HIS WORDS to comfort you. Let HIM sustain you.

Those are the promises I hold onto today as I rest and heal. Those are the WORDS of TRUTH that strengthen me. I pray that you can find a PROMISE from the Word today.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Unmatched Legacy

On the edge of giving up

One battle after the other

Her body is bruised

Her ego even more

Seems like every demon is after her

A regular in the gates of hell

She is a worshiper

She is a warrior

Trained by the Best

Known in heaven and hell

She knows what to do…

Worship is how she fights

her battles

Instantly darkness leaves

Making way for Light

Doing what she knows best

Her worship brings heaven 

down to earth

She pours out her heart like 

an alabaster box

A costly perfume of a 

yielded life

Tears well up in her eyes

Overcome by the presence of Jesus

She remembers Holy Spirit words

“See your challenges as training”

Warriors are trained in the 

gates of hell

Discovering their identity and purpose while surrounded by enemies

He is taking you higher

Challenges, painful times are

Father’s methods of training us

Looking past the enemy

We see Jesus

The bigger picture

Warriors do not give up

We fight the good fight of faith

Bold and unashamedly

Leaving an unmatched legacy 

for generations to come.

— Ebigale Wilson

Unmatched Legacy

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Surprise!

Surprise!

Who doesn’t love a surprise? I had two surprises this week. One was fun as my brother chose to bring my son to visit. We had no idea he was coming and all of a sudden he was at the door! We had a fun time in the afternoon and had dinner together.

The other surprise wasn’t quite as fun to receive, but God has this one too! Just because something is not “desired” doesn’t mean God isn’t in it!

There were surprises in the Bible. Many events occurred that were not expected, and sometimes not desired! The wonderful Promises that we can hold onto from all of them is that God is in control of ALL things. The situations in the Bible bring us HOPE that God is our strength in everything.  

In Exodus 4 Moses had elements of surprise when God had him change the staff into a serpent and his hand became covered in leprosy. God was showing Moses HIS strength and doing His best to bring Moses to a place of believing in HIS greatness that would be shown through Moses. Moses questioned it. God still used him.

In Joshua 8-10 Joshua and the Children of Israel were in a place of “defeat” (or so they thought). God told them not to despair or feel defeat and gave Joshua commands to obey. God delivered them.

Joshua 10:9 Having spent the entire night marching up from Gilgal, Y’hoshua fell upon them, taking them by surprise.

The story of Ruth has the element of surprise for Boaz when he wakes and finds Ruth at his feet.

Ruth 3:8 In the middle of the night the man was startled and turned over, and — there was a woman lying at his feet!

Without this “surprise” and ultimate union in marriage King David would not have been born. Jesus comes from the lineage of David.

Friends, we are living in days and hours that will be filled with surprises. More and more people are desperate and will do anything to try and “find happiness.” More and more people will become angry with their circumstances and carry out acts that will harm those around them. These “surprises” are not out of God’s site. He knows what is happening and when we TRUST Him completely He will walk with us through each situation.

We also know that the time for Christ’s return is drawing near. The element of surprise is all around us!

Luke 21:34 “But keep watch on yourselves, or your hearts will become dulled by carousing, drunkenness and the worries of everyday living, and that Day will be sprung upon you suddenly like a trap!

God wants us to be READY and PREPARED! What does that look like for you? What will it take to bring yourself into that place of PEACE in the storm? Are you continually “surprised” by what is happening around you? Or, are you relying on His strength to bring you through? Do you walk in HIS comfort, ready to face ALL things He brings your way?

If you are faced with surprises this week, take them to HIM. Give Him THANKS and PRAISE for the good ones. Lay those that are not what you desired at HIS feet and let Him work in the circumstances to bring you through. Let HIM deliver you!

He is in control my friends. He created the world. He created YOU. Wrestle with Him… Let HIM be your source of peace in the surprises He brings your way.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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