I’m speaking on “Rest” this weekend at a women’s retreat, and the irony isn’t lost on me by any stretch. Without getting into all the bore-you-to-tears details of my busy (therefore important) life, I’ll just say I haven’t been resting much lately.

At least not purposeful, soul-filling, strength-renewing rest.

So, as I spend time this week in earnest prayer that the Holy Spirit will fill me with just the right words, I’m also going to do what I can to avoid hypocrisy, i.e., I’m going to do a little resting.

I’m not going to impose my Rest Quotient on all of you (although several of you have indicated that it might be just what the doctor ordered). We’ll still do Chapter 3 of Radical tomorrow. And I’ll still give you the chance to link your posts if you’d like. But I’m most likely not going to read them (I didn’t get through very many of the Chapter 2 posts either, which was a bummer).

I don’t spend time on a lot of “vain” pursuits. HOWEVER, I spend a TON of time on ONE vain pursuit (which is no different). The internet. Yes, just about everything I read is wholesome and most of it is even biblical, but it’s a LOT. And after today’s sermon on making idols out of stuff and after reading Radical and after being so crazy busy and blah, blah, blah…

I want to spend some serious time resting in God this week.

And while I’m not going to fast from the internet completely, I’m going to make sure I’m spending more time inWord than online. God has been blessing me lately with a lot of lot of joy that comes from being in his Word and trying to live out what he says to me through it.

Lots of joy. Praise you, Lord!

I read these verses from Psalm 63 this week, and I just love them.

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. (v. 1-5)

Have a great week!

11 thoughts on “rest

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  2. Marla Fletcher

    I hear you!! I have been “busy” with things and not have had the time to really rest and focus on what is REALLY important. I feel like I should take a rest/hiatus from facebook b/c sometimes I feel like it consumes me. I have not had a chance to really sit down and read/focus on what is important b/c all of the fall acitivities kicked in and we are back in a schedule which can be good but sometimes can be bad. I have been just deleting the blogs I get in e-mail b/c I just can’t keep up with them all. I love to read them all but just can’t do it anymore. I haven’t made one post on Radical and I was so excited about it when it first came up. I am still re-reading the book and underlining things but I just can’t even look at the posts at all right now. At first I was really upset that I didn’t post, but I am learning so many things just reading on my own and we are studying the parables right now in our Sunday School so I am getting application through there as well. It has been encouraging that our Pastor is reading the book right now as well as are some other friends. I wish you a well needed rest friend. Thanks for the reminder that is OK to rest, with the best rest focusing on God.

  3. Amanda

    I was totally thinking this yesterday. I actually asked someone to hold me accountable. She’s going to call me throughout the week and ask how much time I’ve spent on the internet and in the Word. It was a bad sign when I was exhausted on Sunday evening when I should be rested for my week ahead! I know some things need to change! Praying for you!

  4. Sarah

    Our Family Life pastor was able to go on a 3 month sabatical this summer. When it was over, he let us know that he discovered the great importance of resting in God and seeking His guidance in everything! We were on a youth retreat this last weekend so we missed his sermon on “Selah”, but I am going to listen to the mp3 later this week…I soooooo need this!!!!!

  5. Danielle

    So funny when God works in many hearts in the same direction! I was talking to a bunch of “busy” high school girls about this same thing this morning! I often forget to come to Jesus when i am weary and heavy laden. Enjoy His rest!

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