R e s t 

“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety” Job 11:18, NIV.While standing in a grocery store line waiting to check out, the cashier looks at me and she has an upset look on her face. I asked her if she’s ok. Her eyes beginning to tear up, she tells me, “No ma’am, I’ve been here since very early this morning and they haven’t given me a break.” Staring at her I felt sorry for her, but couldn’t help but wonder why she just wouldn’t take the break she knew she needed. It was up to her to go to her manager and ask for a break.

My sister, I’m going to tell you the same thing God spoke to me. You are responsible for giving your body the rest it needs. Not anyone else. You can’t wait for someone to come to you and say, “You look tired. Let me give you a break from all of these responsibilities.” It’s up to you to open up and say, “Hey, I need a break.”

This doesn’t mean you empty your family savings account and fly off to Hawaii somewhere. It only means you do what is necessary to recharge while considering the financial state of your family. The demands of life are best handled when we are rested.

Prayer: Father God, I thank you for your guidance and wisdom. Forgive me for not taking care of my body and giving it the rest it needs. Let your wisdom and grace abound in my life. Help me open up when I need rest. Help me Lord to handle life wisely and stay balanced. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read Psalm 3:5; Matthew 11:28)



One thought on “R e s t 

  1. Hi Jasmine,

    I’m glad to read your post, as I wrap up my Thanksgiving trip. I flew all the way to San Antonio and had the best family vacation in recent years. From the quality time spent, the conversations that transpired, the memorable places visited, the games played, movies watched, laughter shared, lessons told, testimonies given, goals proclaimed, family disputes, the gifts shared, prayers prayed. My energy has not been this purposefully charged with my body, mind, and soul so RESTED. Before this trip I’ve attended my mentors book signing at Barnes and Nobles, “Know your Niche”, also a Youth Ministry Conference called Next Level Faith in Kalahari, Cleveland Ohio. Lastly this led me to Grace First Baptist Church of SA, TX to hear a sermon with my family to share a parable with you today. God made all these things possible, and through the bad and the good I can see Jesus sovereign and provisional works in my faith to use me as a conduit. My source of strength comes from Him alone, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. His words allows mercy and grace to abound in me.

    My Aunt told this is her Psalm, she told me to pray this prayer. Full Garment of Christ!

    Be ye strong in the Lord! And the power of his might. Trust in His word and He’ll be just and right. Have faith in who He is. And salvation is free. There is truth in his Love. There is grace in His peace! Be ye strong in the lord!

    When I think about spiritual Rest
    Parable: There was two Monks who lived near the mountain. Every day they, ‘RESTED’ in the Lords presence. However, these Monks prayed for more, they envisioned using the strength God given them to bless others. So the Monks went down to the Valley and found a Pathway that led them to local villages. On this pathway to two Monks encountered a elderly woman. The woman said, “Oh no! And cried out for help.” So the two monks walked over and offered her help. They asked, “What’s wrong Mrs, can we help you?” She replied, Oh LORD! What am I supposed to do? I came to the river and there’s no bridge. I’ve walked all this way and I can’t get to where I need to go.

    So the Monks, without hesitation present that they can carry her a cross the river as the solution. The Elderly woman lets out a cheerful praise for her rescuers. So the two Monks, they lock arms and lift the lady into the cradle of their interconnected arms. They then carried her all the way across the river, and then walked all the way back to continue the march to the villages.

    During their march. The Second Monk said, Oh LORD! Look at the garments on my robe there all soaked, and ripped from helping that lady! My God! My back aches terribly from carrying her weight through the river! The first Monk just acknowledges his statement by nodding then smiles and continues on.

    Later, during the walk as the Monks traveled a decent distance and it was a long time since they helped the woman. The Second Monk, looks at the First Monk and said, “I’m in unbearable pain, my back is killing me and hurts so bad that I can’t continue. Its all her fault, we should’ve had never help her at all. After complaining then he sat down to, ‘REST’. The first monk looks at the second and say are you going to ask, why I’m not complaining? I too carried the woman, I too damaged and soaked my robe and garments, I too walked along your side by side on this pathway.

    Yeah that’s right, said the Second Monk. Why haven’t you complained? The First Monk said, I’ve stopped carrying that woman when we dropped her off on the other side of the river. However, you have continued to carry her this whole time, why haven’t you let her go yet? I will have to continue following where the LORD has called me until His work is finished I will wait to REST, until then I will continue let go off things that weight me down, and endure all things with Joyful Service in the name of Jesus.

    Thank you!

    I will look to work with Joy and endure all things for Christ so that I may, ‘REST’ when my work is completed.

    Read these 7 verses one each day of the week
    Monday: Genesis 7:7
    Tuesday: Joshua 7:7
    Wednesday: Judges 7:7
    Thursday: Zechariah 7:7
    Friday: Matthew 7:7
    Saturday: 2 Corinthians 7:7
    Sunday: Hebrews 7:7


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