Finding rest and strength

I am feeling very weary at the moment. As a mother of four young children I guess that is to be expected! But I think that my weariness is much more than just feeling tired. I need to find rest and by rest I do not just mean that I need more sleep but I need to come to a place of rest in my spirit.

My season shifted at the beginning of the year. I felt like my previous season was interrupted. I was going one way and then all of a sudden I find myself in a completely different place. My interruption was a good interruption but what I am finding difficult is that I am in a totally different place to where I thought I was going to be.

I am trying to live like I am still in my previous season and it is making me grow weary. I found that I was striving to keep up. I was comparing and measuring myself to a benchmark that I am just not going to achieve right now. My season has changed and so now my perspective of myself and where I am needs to change too.

In order to find the peace and rest in my spirit that I am looking for I need to understand the season that I am in right now. I have to understand that I cannot measure myself against the work that I produced in my previous season. I have to stop striving and stop comparing.

I have to accept the time and the place that I am in. God has given me the grace to walk this season and I need to choose to not worry about the things that I may have walked away from or worry about the things to come. God is faithful and all that He has for me will come all in His perfect timing.

There is beauty in each and every season so I am trying to embrace the place that I am in right now until the shift to the new season comes.

If my story speaks to you, if you too are struggling with feeling weary then I pray that you will find strength and rest in the Lord. That you will gain clarity in your spirit for the season that you are in and if you are carrying any burdens that do not belong to you that they will fall from your shoulders. I speak life, courage and hope in to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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New year, new season

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For many of us the start of a new year marks the beginning of a new season in our lives. I recently read this great quote on coming into a new season…

Before entering into a new season we must take the time to upgrade our peace and rest in the Lord. We must fully immerse ourselves in the stillness of God. We must learn to live in a place of rest in the spirit.

Resting in God should enable us to see Him in a different light. We need to constantly evaluate our relationship with Him and take a deeper look at our walk with Him. We must re-evaluate our picture of God and determine whether it is strong enough for the next stage of our life and call. Graham Cooke.

Resting in the Lord is so very important. It is where we get to be filled with His word, His love, peace and strength. We can feel His heart for us and for the new season we are about to enter into, and more importantly, when we are actually still we can listen clearly for His voice.

What does resting in the Lord look like? For me it is where I take the time to be still and be in His presence. I put everything aside and out of my mind. I begin to ask Him what it is He is doing in this new season I am about to walk into and what is it He wants me to do, how can I be a part of His great and wondrous plan.

Or it may be that I learn about His nature, who He really is. I read about His nature from the scriptures, I listen to Him speak and I learn more about Him. As I learn more about Him I can grow to become more like Him and have His very nature living inside of me. The more I have His nature, the more confident I become in the decisions I make and the steps that I take along my journey.

We must make sure, before entering into our new season that our image of God is correct. As His sons and daughters we get to live under the protection of being His child, in the safety of His love and grace and we are not all on our own. He is a perfect loving Father and each time we enter into a new season we need to make sure our image of God is just that.

We must see Him as a loving Father who protects and guides us. That He always gives His love and grace to us along with His strength, peace and wisdom. But if we do not believe that, then we begin to do things out of our own understanding and our own strength. We will begin to grow weary and possibly go off track, it is a life that we cannot sustain.

So I encourage you in the month of January to find the time to rest in the Lord, to discover more of His nature and to upgrade your image of God. These things will give you the strength and the wisdom to get you through your next season and to do it well.

Rest

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What does rest look like for you?

Is is a long soak in a hot bath?

Is is sitting down with a good book and a cup of hot tea, to sit and drink and read and enjoy the quiet?

Or is it taking a walk along the beach, taking some time out to think, reflect and to unwind?

Rest is so very important, not only for the body but for the mind and soul too.

Rest is one of my soul anchors. It is one of the things that I need to do to keep myself together when the wind and waves come at me during the storms of life. Whenever I feel like the chaos of life is getting to me I try to sneak away for some time of rest.

Rest for me is laying down in a quiet space where I will not be interrupted. I put on my favorite worship music and I just be still and let the music and words wash over me. My body is still, my mind is quiet and my soul is at peace.

Discover what it is for you that brings you into a place of rest. Where you stop working, stop your busyness and just rest. Where you can sit still in the presence of God and be free from anxiety, worry and your cares. Remember to rest and take care of yourself so that you are ready to walk the next path marked out for you, to fight the next battle, to run the next leg of your journey.