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Journey to Rest (Week 5)

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Hebrews 4:11 shows that rest is more than a mere suggestion from God, it’s an act of obedience.

Truth be told, in my struggle to “find the time” to rest, all I’m doing is running.  I may not be intentionally running away from God; my intentions may be to do all the running for God. However, I’m still running and not resting!

Running without rest becomes an act of disobedience to the one who has called us to rest.

Isaiah 30:15This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.'”

Restless: We often use this word when watching someone wrestle in their faith with God, noting that their actions appear as a “restless struggle to surrender to Jesus.”  However, do we ever stop to think about our own restlessness? Restlessness isn’t limited to our struggle to surrender our lives to Jesus, it reaches beyond our relationship with Him & brings an unhealthy drive to strive.

  1. Our restlessness to surrender the day-to-day tasks to Jesus; making endless lists and checking them off one by one until they are complete.
  2. Our restlessness to relinquish control to another who might be willing and able to help, but is never given the opportunity.
  3. Our restlessness to say no, for fear of hurting, disappointing, or losing approval.

You have made us for yourself O Lord
and our heart is restless until it rests in you.
-St. Augustine-

We were made to worship God.

Our lives are living worship to God & without rest there is no melody; just mere notes running together in an unbalanced, constant flow of chaos.

“Because the focus of God’s heart has always been your heart,
self-care is really a soul’s journey to fully receive His love.”
-Bonnie Grey Finding Spiritual Whitespace-

Rest is as vital to our lives as God’s Word, for it is in our time of rest that His Word comes alive. When we quiet our hearts enough to soak in His love, it removes our unhealthy drive to strive & fills it with peace.  When we rest, we obey and when we obey we please the Father most.

Obedience: When God calls us to rest, and we choose to run, everything we do becomes an unsavory sacrifice instead of a pleasing aroma to God. (More on Obedience vs. Sacrifice)

1 Samuel 15:22to obey is better than sacrifice.”

To disobey God, by offering our busy lives as sacrifices, when He’s called us to lay them aside and rest, is a slap in His face;  It’s an act of deliberate rebellion.

“For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.
1 Samuel 15:23

Let us not be so consumed by doing that we run; neglecting rest.

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How is your personal Journey to Rest going? Are you struggling like I am, or are you finding it easier to settle into the rhythm of rest? I would love to hear your heart!

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This post is part of a series entitled, “Journey to Rest”. 
Previous Posts:
Week 1
Week 2
::A Pause::
Week 3
Week 4

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8 thoughts on “Journey to Rest (Week 5)

  1. A much needed reminder! Thank you for sharing your heart.

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  2. Oh friend… I love that we are neighbors today over at Holley’s place! It’s no accident or coincidence that you posted on Rest as I am taking a bit of a Bloggy Break this summer. I am still around – but I am trying to enter into His rest more on purpose. Honestly I didn’t realize it would be this difficult to stop all the (good) things and just breathe! So grateful for your words here… just the reminder I needed to once again step away! 😉

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    • You and me both, Karrilee! Sending love & prayers for your season of rest. Praying as we grow in rest, we will come to accept & embrace it in our daily lives, without the struggle! ♥ Thank you so much for stopping by! xo

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  3. Visiting from the Spiritual Whitespace linkup … really appreciated reading your thoughts. Our culture is so prone to hurry and to accomplishments – and it is so important to slow ourselves. Thanks for this: “Rest is as vital to our lives as God’s Word, for it is in our time of rest that His Word comes alive.” Appreciated my visit here!

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  4. I find it SO hard to rest. I am trying to be very intentional about it. I also have noticed a lot of people struggling right now with the same thing…rest. It is actually my word for the year. I am trying to focus not on DOing but BEing with God.

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  5. There is that daily struggle to lean into His voice, to be obedient and cease from my striving. Praying you through my friend. May you continue to be blessed as you seek Him in the quiet.

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  6. I appreciate the reminder that when we don’t allow time for time of rest we are actually disobeying God. It spoke to my heart as I attempt to pull away some these next two weeks. I pray for the struggle to lessen for you as you continue on our journey of rest, Satin. I look forward to seeing you soon. Love you so much. xoxo

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