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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Rest

Five Minute Friday – Rest

REST by Janis CoxLinking in with Lisa Jo to write for  5 minutes only. See the bottom of the post if you want to join.

REST

We all need it. That’s the first thing I thought about. Without rest – we crash. I talked to a woman today who wasn’t feeling well. Then she mentioned that she really hadn’t stopped “doing things” for quite awhile. She recognized that she needed a rest.

God’s rest is the best.

When I feel overwhelmed or unable to think straight – I take the time to STOP and read His Word. He is the One that can bring me peace in any situation.

I tend to do a lot and sometimes I get to the point where I know that if I go any further I won’t do it properly. So it is better to stop – take the time to refresh – then go back.

More time is wasted in working while tired. 

I love to breathe in the Spirit of God. That is the best rest I can find. Knowing that He resides in me brings me refreshment, courage, and stamina that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

A quick check of the Internet tells me that the word rest is found almost 500 times in the NIV version.

Jesus took time to rest:

Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31, NIV).

And when I can’t sleep, one way I use to relax is to repeat the 23rd Psalm (notice the King James Version – the way I learned it):

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters” (Psalm 23:2, KJV).

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word REST.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
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It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

HOW DO I REST MY SOUL?

How Do I Rest my Soul?

RESTING in the Lord

by Rose Harmer

‘He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, he restores my soul (mind)” (Ps. 23:2 KJV).

“He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams.  He gives me new strength” (Ps. 23:2,3 TLB).

As I glimpse the tranquility of nature in this picture, I am reminded to go to a place like that when my mind gets cluttered with the problems of life and my eyes see the garbage dumps of life.  We can journey with God to these secret places as we picture them in our mind.  The Lord is our constant companion but too often we visualize Him far up in the heavens and not in our daily lives – walking and talking with us.  Yet, when we have asked Him to be our Saviour, Guide and Friend, He is truly ever with us.

A passage from one of my favourite hymns which describes this is:

 “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear,  falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses,
And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
And he tells me I am his own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known” (Public Domain).

Here is Anne Murray singing He Walks With Me.

The joys can be with you today as you take some quiet time, imaging a beautiful garden, green grass and a babbling small stream with the Lord Jesus Christ coming to be with you.  He will tell you He loves you very much.

 

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.  Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES

We have a new guest today. Dulce has written a beautiful prayer picture using imagery from Psalm 23.

In the Presence of My Enemies

by  Dulce de Leche (Reprinted with permission)

So far, the best solution I have found for pregnancy insomnia is to meditate on Scripture and pray. After all, it put even the disciples to sleep, right? Last night, after waking up for the fourth or fifth time, I was mentally reciting Psalm 23 when I got to the verse that says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…”. It reminded me of a time when God used that verse to really encourage me.

I had this picture of a war scene—heat, ear-shattering explosions, the stench of smoke and decay, bullets flying everywhere and soldiers so bone-achingly weary that terror had been dulled and replaced by a glazed, grim determination to keep going till it was somehow over.

Photo by OiMax on Flickr

In the middle of this battle, God suddenly appears and starts setting this elegant table. There is an immaculate white tablecloth, beautiful china, sparkling crystal and shining silverware. Mouth-watering, luscious foods are displayed (many of them featuring chocolate). And with the bullets whizzing past my head, God smilingly invites me to sit down.

The incongruity makes it all seem so ridiculous. I feel bewildered and almost angry. “Um, Lord? This is great, but we’re in the middle of a war here. I don’t have time for this. After it’s over, we’ll celebrate the victory, but I’m fighting right now.” He replies simply, “But you need this now.”

Photo by Aidan.Morgan on Flickr

I’m anointed with fragrant oil that drives away the stink of war and soothes and heals the dry, chapped places on my skin. Instead of a mere cup that is over-flowing, for some reason I picture an elaborate fountain full of cool water. And suddenly over the booming noise of battle, I hear myself giggling and splashing in the fountain just like my children would. All the grime and muck is rinsed away, and God and I are playing and laughing together.

The funny thing is, throughout all this, my enemies have never stopped. The battle is still raging around me, but the enemy is just wasting ammo.

I know that some of you are in a long-term fight, and that it can be over-whelming. Please know that I am praying for you, that you will be able to lie down in green meadows, rest beside still waters and have your souls restored, that you can be nourished and refreshed even in the presence of your enemies.

Photo by .Bala on Flickr

MY SHEPHERD

My Shepherd

by Brenda Wood

Psalm 23:1-2– The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters (KJV).

The restaurant had a buffet line larger than my entire house. Did I want family food? Italian? Sushi? Chinese? Chocolate-covered, cream-filled desserts? YES!  My knees weakened when I checked out the chocolate line. That’s when I recognized that my long-lived love of food had become an addiction. As a recovered bulimic I knew my eating capacity. I knew I was capable of eating fifty thousand calories or more at a sitting.

Blessedly, the verses of Psalm 23 began to run through my mind. I certainly was in a green pasture. A gal like me could eat all she wanted and more, for only $9.99 and beverage extra! But if the Lord is my shepherd, (and he is, I muttered to myself) then I shall not want!

I could lie down (alright a little loose translation here!) in this place and be satisfied.

I prayed for strength, and turned and stumbled back to my chair with only one serving of woman-losing-weight food. And the waters of greed, and poor me stilled.

What is yelling at us over the quiet, still voice of God? Is it our overloaded credit card? Does our smoking, eating, or gambling desire whine to be fed? Whatever our “feed-me” more problem, let us consider that the Lord is our shepherd and then rest in the peace of knowing that we shall not want.

Prayer:

Shepherd God, help us choose to lie down in tempting green pastures. Still the waters of our riotous minds and fill us with yourself. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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Author and speaker, Brenda and her hubby Ron, live near Barrie, Ontario. They have two children and five grands.Her latest workshop is called “Living like a Princess when Your Life is the Pits.Brenda also speaks regularly for Stonecroft Ministries.Her latest book is ”Heartfelt, 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living. Watch for her memoir, due out this year, called ‘Overcoming What is Overcoming You.’ Email Brenda.

FOUNDATIONAL PRAYERS

Foundational Prayers

by Jan Cox

When I am at peace, resting in the Word of God, prayer comes easily. My brain and my heart engage together. I can do my daily prayers, my breath prayers and use all interruptions to speak to God.

However, when a crisis happens, I am ill or I am stressed from taking too much on, my brain and heart do not work well together. I feel at a loss and my prayer life falls apart. I then rely on others to pray for me.

This is not always true as sometimes real prayers from the heart emerge in times of deep suffering and stress.

However for the most part during these empty times I miss the Spirit that strengthens and heals me.

One solution that I have found to help me is foundational prayers.These words said as prayers can hold me up during these drought periods.

One is the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13 KJV) the other is the 23rd Psalm (Psalm 23 KJV). These have become my solid footing in time of need.

Having committed them to memory a long time ago, they can flow freely from my heart without my brain being fully engaged.

Do you have foundational prayers?

Even though I have comments disabled I love to hear from my readers. So feel free to email me anytime at Under the Cover of Prayer.

My Gratitude List for the Week.

63. Two ducks in the garden treading carefully over the stones

64. Friends waiting for me at home

65. Family waiting for me at home

66. Quiet mornings with God

67. A friend seeking Christ

68. Walking in the sunshine with my husband and our dog, Snowball

69. Eating bananas – I love bananas

Prayer:

Thank You, Father, for your Word that is filled with the truth. We are grateful that Your words can fill us with peace, stir our hearts and challenge our minds. Continue to instill in us a desire to know You more. In Jesus’ name. AMEN