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The Perils of Hurry

I got up early, reached for my list and quickly scanned the items

wondering how in the world I would get it all done. Sigh.

Reaching for a cup of freshly made coffee

I sank down into the comfortable chair –

the one that I sit in to have my Quiet Time.

Flipping the pages, I turned to the reading for the day

but inside my mind was still racing –

already thinking about all that needed to be accomplished.

As my eyes read over the verses –

verses cherished —

I found my mind wandering back to that long to do list.

Pulling my thoughts back again, I saw those words.

Words I’ve read many, many times before.

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had some quietness today?  I mused.

But no way for me.

No, my life is too busy.

Sigh.

But the strangest thing happened as I closed my Bible and began to pray.

It was as if I sensed Him looking at me and saying, “Why not?”

Really, I thought. Could I possibly eliminate some of the hurry from my life?

Me? A single parent. Working full time.

How ridiculous is that!

But just as quickly I began to wonder.

Had I begun to make excuses for my busyness?

Had I joined in the hurry sickness of our day?

Was I allowing it rather than disciplining my own life?

Throughout the rest of the day and the days that followed

I realized that I needed to

Unhook

Disconnect

Say no

And play more.

Without realizing it I had allowed the tyranny of the urgent

to creep into my life

causing me to be overstressed and overcommitted.

As a result I was not living in the strength He wanted me to have.

I wasn’t victorious in ways He intended for me to be.

That realization was like a huge light coming on.

Only I could change it.

And change it I would.

Over time I began to manage time better and with wisdom.

More time for retreats and less rushing.

Instead of living life to the max

I began to build in margin and allow time for simply doing nothing.

Instantly my creativity began to increase and I slept better.

Quickly I noticed a slowing within and my soul becoming filled.

It’s a change that I’ve continued to work on –

The press of living around us is something none of us can completely escape

But those words reminding me of the importance of quiet have become like

markers in the sand.

He has promised to supply all of our needs —

Our need for rest,

Our need for strength

Our need for wisdom

We must choose to live intentionally.

One day at a time.

Yes, as we depend upon Him to guide our days

And rest in His pace

We, too, can learn to live in quiet and confidence.

Join me, won’t you?

I Wouldn’t Want To Face Life Without It

heaven on earth 1In the midst of a world shaking with fears on every side

where do we find peace?

Is peace even possible?

I watched the unfolding of events as story of Henry Blackaby,

Author of “Experiencing God” hit the news.

Missing for 29 hours.

At first I wondered and feared for his life.

My heart joined with others in prayers for his life.

His life has influenced mine and thousands of others through the years.

Where could he possibly be?

God knows where he is, my heart remembered.

God knows and He gives peace.

As I went about my daily activities I continued to pray

to ask God for safety and protection for Blackaby

and also to receive His amazing peace.

Praying that in the midst of not knowing

he and his family be held by a strong peace that passes all understanding. That we all would.

That’s the peace the God gives.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)

Peace that is not dependent upon circumstances

but actually enables one to remain calm in the midst of the most frightful circumstances.

Peace is not an absence of problems but a stronghold in the midst of problems.

So while many prayed

and others searched

the gift of peace was offered again.

Rest in the midst of not knowing.

Calm while the turmoil continues.

Yes, that is the peace that is possible for all.

And it is known only as we receive it from His Hand.

A gift received and treasured.

Well, Henry Blackaby, was not only found but is presently recovering from heart surgery.

Another opportunity to experience God?

Yes and a clear reminder that our God continues to offer His gift of peace to all.

I wouldn’t want to face life without it.

How about you?

 

 

 

 

Shining Moments

5178_1096508491808_1899847_nIt was just an ordinary evening

or so I thought.

After dropping Noelle off at a friend’s house, Jenny and I got into our car.

We chatted and laughed about all that we would do while big sister was away.

I always like to make it special for the ones at home.

A tea party we were planning with chocolate chip cookies

but we never had that party that night.

No, three blocks from home our car was hit  and

an ordinary evening suddenly became a nightmare.

Looking back today more than five years later

I realize even more clearly God’s Hand of protection that evening.

No one was hurt.

The driver’s side of the car was badly damaged

but no one was hurt.

Yes, nerves were rattled and plans were thrown upside down

but no one was hurt.

Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord Thy God is with Thee.

He means what He says when He promises.

It’s taken a lifetime for me to realize this.

Our God is trustworthy. He is a prayer hearing God. And we can rest in His care.

There is no need for worry and anxiety.

We are held in His loving Hands.

Certainly His Promise is not a magic wand to be waved over every situation with foolishness.

Life is filled with tragedy, sudden loss, sorrow upon sorrow.

But in the midst of all of that His promise of Presence and protection shines brightly.

No matter what, He has promised to be with us.

Yes, someone could have been hurt or tragically killed that day long ago

but He kept us from danger. His plan was for us to live and to continue to serve Him.

Whenever He calls, He provides all that we need.

Whatever we might be lacking in human resources,

He supplies.

From time to time my girls will refer to that night with thankful hearts as we hold each other close.

He alone knows what our life may hold

but no matter what

may it all be lived for His Glory.

That’s all that really matters anyway, isn’t it?

Trust Him, my friends.