I can always tell when my children are tired, but what is most remarkable to me is when they readily admit they need rest. Oh the things I can – and should – learn from my kids sometimes!! Don’t get me wrong. There are times when they fight it tooth and nail, which is why the ready admission of exhaustion is all the more amazing!
Admittedly, I’m more likely to act like the cranky child who doesn’t want to go to bed than the one who tearfully declares “Momma, I’m tired.”
The fact is, God designed rest for us and often leads us to it, whether we are willing or not. But I wonder if it isn’t music to his ears when I readily follow without a fight, and say “Father, I’m tired.”
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” – Psalm 23:2-3a
Are you feeling tired today? Are you tempted to keep pressing on? Perhaps you need to take time for rest – physical or otherwise. It’s hard to do that in a hectic world that demands so much from us, but we can start by just taking five minutes. Go on – go set your timer and close your eyes and rest!
Heavenly Father, Thank you that you created rest for us - physically and spiritually. You told Moses that you would be with him and give him rest (Exodus 33:14). We pray for this blessing today also – that your presence would go before us and hem us in from behind, and you would give us rest and refresh our souls. Amen.
Ironing it Out:
Is there something today for which you need rest? Are you struggling to find a solution? Ask a friend and swallow your pride if necessary. I may make a few enemies for saying this, but girlfriend, we were NOT created to do all the things the world tells us we must do. It is time to rest!
On a personal note…
I will be taking a “rest” from my weekly writing commitment here on The Ironing Board. I am so grateful for the new friendships which have blossomed here as well as your encouragement, and I look forward to interacting with you again soon. I hope it won’t bee too long before I am able to take up the weekly posts again, but right now, I need to rest.
In the meantime, I’d love to introduce you to some of the blogs I’ve been enjoying.
www.kirstenholmberg.com - Kirsten is a wonderful writer with wonderful insight into life and Biblical application. She regularly finds God in ordinary moments in life – which I am sure is (in part!) why she’s so dear to my heart. Her guiding verse is Romans 8:28 – All things. Our good. His glory. If you enjoyed her guest post from her book, Advent with the Word, in November, you will enjoy her blog!
www.susanstilwell.com - I wish I could tell you how I stumbled on Susan’s blog last year, but suffice to say that she is a wonderful teacher and has such a tremendous heart for prayer and growing others! If you only have a few minutes on Mondays, pop on over to read her beautiful prayers. They will start your day off on the right foot. On Wednesdays she goes deeper and always has a wonderful word!
www.hestersheart.com - I feel like I should personally know Hester (In Real Life!) since she used to live down the street from my parents before moving away! Hester’s blog often tackles some of those really tough issues we women like to ignore – like gossip and controlling our minds. Her heart is truly to see women grow on to spiritual maturity. I’m always challenged when I pop in!
www.kristibutler.blogspot.com - Kristi is another blogger friend I met in the past year. I love visiting her blog for a quick word from the Bible or a wonderful song of worship. Kristi is a wonderful encourager as she shares her heart. Hope you stop in!
www.clayzmama.com - Can I just say I love this blog? I never know what I’m great new information I’m going to stumble on when I visit. It could be some amazing little known fruit that has cancer healing powers, or random things like using empty toilet paper rolls to keep my wrapping paper from coming unrolled. You’ll enjoy this one, I’m sure!
www.jeanetteedgar.com - When I started getting to know Jeanette through blogging, I liked her immediately because of her name (even though she only spells it with one “n.” But a closer look, and I really felt a kindred spirit with this sweet sister. She loves to teach, and right now she’s using video posts as she teaches through the life of Abraham.
www.kim-living4today.blogspot.com Kim is truly a hero – she recently celebrated her four-year-anniversary of victory over breast cancer! She’s a wonderful encourager and I love the words she shares in her post. They often hit me exactly at the right spot that day! Thanks, Kim!!
www.margaretfeinberg.com - Perhaps you’ve read one of Margaret’s books. The first one I read by her was Organic God and it absolutely resonated with me on so many levels I’d have to write a book to share! She recently released another book called “Wonderstruck,” which I can’t wait to read…just as soon as I have a little more bandwidth and time!
I hope you enjoy one or two (or all!) of these!! Until we blog again, shine on my friends!