Remember – My grandma used to say that hindsight is 20/20. Normally when I finish a book, like we just finished Matthew yesterday, I start to pray about where to go next and the Lord will lay the course before my prayer is even finished. That didn’t happen yesterday or this morning. So I opened my journal…
I went to retreat last month and the first words I received were CEASE STRIVING. Since reviving my faith in 2004 I have had an unquenchable desire to know the LORD more and more. I have said yes to so much, and it’s all valued, but now is the time to cease striving and simply rest in who Jesus is and receive his love.
That was bewildering news at first. I came looking for my next assignment, and Jesus said cease striving. But it became wonderful as I turned off the ‘shoulds’, the busyness of life, and simply spent time with the Lord… and myself for that matter. Seeing how God delights in me just for me was long overdue!
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy ladened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Journal August 22, 2022: Oh Lord, yes, rest. May I take off the world and the things I can’t change. (and I listed 5 people/situations that are constants in my prayers) Thank you for the gift of time and free will – Lord, I pray they choose wisely, but I am released from the outcome.
Release… what a beautiful word, and only you can give it. Jesus, you say: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart. and you will find rest for your soul.” Matthew 11:29
Abba, I don’t know what this day holds. I ask that you blind me from my day to day life and put me fully HERE. Awaken my childlike faith. May I be greedy for you. May I seek you and find you in unexpected ways. Thank you my Abba, my Love, my Savior – In Jesus name, amen.
Beloved, may you delight in remembering and pursuing the relationship with Jesus on your own unique and personal level. He loves you so much!