True Rest

Jesus knew that he came from God, was going to God, and that everything had been delivered into his hands. So, he took off his good clothes, put on his work clothes, and began to serve his disciples—quite the opposite mentality of many earthly rulers who revel in their exalted status and have many who serve them.

We are to emulate Christ, not worldly rulers. Christ promises that, if we will do as he does and serve each other, we will be blessed.

Isn’t blessing what everybody wants, what everybody is working so hard for, and what everybody can’t seem to find?

We are to “labor to enter into his rest,” to “cease from our own labors.” Maybe that means that if we will give up our own ambitions, we will find true rest in knowing and imitating Christ. Maybe that means that we will find our life’s meaning and purpose only if we give up everything for Jesus.  

Like the old saying goes, “You always find what you’re looking for in the last place you look.”

~ Brad Heilhecker

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The Linchpin

Christ is the Cornerstone of the church.

Our day of rest is the linchpin of our ministry to him.  If we try and work and serve him seven days a week, we will find out very quickly just how weak our supposed strength really is.

We are absolutely dependent on Christ and his ministry in and through us during this limited time we have on terra firma, and this dependency is best realized and appreciated when we take regular time to stop and wait on him.

Don’t get me wrong.

Hard work is valuable and essential to a successful and prosperous life.

Even our spiritual ministries demand strict discipline and great effort.

It is for these very reasons that periodic seasons of rest are indispensable.

Our bodies, minds, and spirits are finely tuned creations that must not be driven like pack mules.

They must be nurtured, cherished, and regularly maintained, if they are to last on this arduous trek to our homeland.

When we rest, we don’t stop living.  

We continue to eat, sleep, take walks, read the Bible, pray, watch television, and check our email—like Marvin Zindler used to say to close the news, “Whatever makes you happy!”

Maybe that is it; we need to take time to be happy.

Many times in life, our job is to make someone else happy, like our boss, our spouse, our friends, or our children. We must serve and fulfill our responsibilities in this life. However, if we don’t take time to be happy ourselves, we will ultimately fail in all of our other missions in life.

When we take time to stop and rest and wait on the Lord, we make God happy.

And when he is happy, all will be well with us!

~ Brad Heilhecker

Peace And Rest

We know the classic epitaph phrase, “Rest in Peace.”  We may never appreciate this blessing until we have been through the fire and the water, until we have faced down hell and it’s minions, until we have lived through the war.

Peace and rest are only valuable to those who have fought the good fight of faith, have overcome restlessness and strife, and have triumphed over the enemy.

As it is written, “They overcame him by the word of their testimony, the blood of the lamb, and they did not love their lives unto death.”

Why does it have to be this way?

Why can’t life be restful and peaceful always?

I suppose we must all learn the art of war in order to appreciate the ways of peace.

Those who go AWOL in order to find peace are often disappointed.  We must stay with the troops, we must make our stand, we must fight, and we must win.

It is the inevitable consequence of living in a fallen world.  God writes through Isaiah, “If only you had paid attention, your peace would have been like a river.”  Earlier, he wrote about Jesus, calling him, “The Prince of Peace.”

Lord, help us to learn how closely you want us to walk with you,  how safe we are in your presence, and how much peace and rest we will enjoy forever as we learn to overcome all temptations and trials by your mercy and grace.  Amen.

~ Brad Heilhecker

Balance 


WORTHY THOUGHT: Does our busyness keep us off balance and deteriorate our spiritual life?

Do not tell yourself that you have too much to do to spend time with the Lord each day. 

His Word promises that when you draw closer to God, He will draw closer to you. -James 4:8. 

“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

The rest Jesus promises is peace we find with God, not the end of all effort.

When we open our hearts and ears and listen to His counsel only He knows how to balance us.

                ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Look Through The Wave 

Remember that Peter wanted Jesus to prove that it was indeed He walking on the water by allowing him (Peter) to come to him by also walking on the water. Peter was able to do just that UNTIL he took his eyes off Jesus which caused him to begin to sink, right?

I was thinking about that event, and the Lord placed a wave in front of my eyes, and I heard Jesus say, “Look through the wave,” and that’s when I saw Him.  

When I think about this, He shows me that it’s not just the “big wave” that comes to block our view of Him but also the very thought of one coming that causes us to sink. There is no question that these waves come and will continue to come throughout our lives. Instead of thinking about them, though, we must reframe our thinking to how muddled we will allow them to be. 

 Yes, they’re big waves – often HUGE! Yes, they are ugly, dark, and capable of filling our lungs to prevent air of life! BUT GOD! 

 Allow not the gulps of water! Allow not a drop to be consumed! Keep your eyes open to SEE through each wave, and you will see Him!

He wants us to walk on the water as victors of our circumstances- no matter the size of the storm- and when the waves seem too big, it doesn’t mean we are sinking, for we are already overcomers, it simply means that we must look THROUGH those waves to see Him.

I receive this as a word to NOT be thinking of the “what ifs” of the future and to just keep our eyes on Him. The waves come, but when we are STILL, our vision is clear, and we can SEE through them…to SEE HIM.  

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
~ Stephanie Gable

Come…Rest 


Lord, give me the strength to look around and not feel overwhelmed today.  Let me savor in the Season a little longer.  Let me come and sit and find rest in You.   Hush my hurried mind.  Strengthen my tired body.  In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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A Christmas Eve Reminder 


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

 

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook…….

 

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

 

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

 

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy anothers home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens. Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

                1 CORINTHIANS 13~

             CHRISTMAS VERSION

                        ~Sharon Jaynes

Pause- grab a nice cup of cocoa – sit down – rest & reflect. 

         It doesn’t have to all be perfect.  

Be sure to not get so wrapped up in all the lights and shiny paper that you forget to focus on what really matters.    

        The Light of the Word has come! 

                ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Where My Soul Sighs 


Oh M GHEE!

 I love a haunting violin and an amazing lyric.  

This song by All Sons And Daughters has quickly become one of my very faves.  
May you find rest in Jesus today and everyday! 

               ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

See the video below now and listen closely to the amazing lyrics!