Recover your life (Day 16)

imageAre you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

The word recover means to reclaim, to retrieve, to recapture, to regain.

To regain your rightful possessions and also to regain health: emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.

To RECOVER YOUR LIFE.

As we read yesterday in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

LIFE to the FULL.

We live in a culture which often views rest as a sign of weakness but it is very much a signal of strength.

I love the New Living Translation of Psalm 23:2 “He LETS me rest in green meadows” – He gives me His total permission to rest when I struggle to let myself.

Rest is as unique as we are. To some it can mean a walk on the beach, for others a talk on the phone; for some it can be a lie down, for others it can be a catch up with friends; for some it means staying in with a good book or movie, for others it can be a work out at the gym.

REST is whatever “renews my strength” Psalms 23:3 NLT and “refreshes my soul” Psalms 23:3 NIV

But here Jesus says “I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

HOW?

Walk with me”

“Work with me”

“Watch how I do it”

“Keep company with me”

RESULT: “you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

We find real rest when we pursue His presence in everything we do.

In Mark 6:31 Jesus says to His disciples “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.

This invitation still applies to us.

To Moses, “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”” Exodus 33:14 NIV

David writes, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

Whatever way He restores, refills or renews you, give yourself permission to make space for that in the midst of busyness.

Respond to His invitation to “Come to me” and “Get away with me“.

Recover your life with real rest in His presence.

LET’S LEARN THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF HIS AMAZING GRACE.

A reminder …

imageI feel like this is Part 2 of last week’s post – ‘Hard pathways, the sequel’!!

On Friday morning I found myself back in the forest again with Tess more out of duty than desire! Thanks to an antibiotic I was feeling worse before I felt better!! Like the Monday before, instead of stepping it out, it was more a case of getting one foot in front of the other! But this time I had the opportunity to pray with two lovely ladies – a double portion!

The hard pathways do overflow with abundance! (Ps 65:11)

As I thanked Him for these opportunities, I remembered the name of one of the ladies I prayed with meant “Gift from God“, and the longer form of the name means “God has been gracious“.

Father you have been so gracious to me and you ARE so very gracious to me all day, every day, everywhere I am and everywhere I go. Thank you that at a time I felt overwhelmed, you allowed me to pour your love over others and in the process it splashed all over me too!!

Thank you that these encounters are a gift from you as my weakness encounters your strength, and my despair encounters your hope and your presence.

The second lady sent me a lovely message later that day. “Meeting you today was God’s reminder to me that He still has great things for me, that His goodness doesn’t run out or get all used up.”

It was His reminder to me too!!

I STILL HAVE GREAT THINGS FOR YOU

MY GOODNESS DOESN’T RUN OUT

MY GOODNESS CAN NEVER BE ALL USED UP!!

And it’s His reminder to YOU!!

It reminds of the song … Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.

And it reminds me of something else … how frustrated and upset I felt when chronic fatigue first hit me and I couldn’t walk my beloved forest a few years ago.

BUT now I am physically able to walk there again.

PLUS I now have the company of JOY on four legs, Tess!!

PLUS He gives me opportunities to release His JOY as I speak or pray with people.

PLUS I get to be filled with His JOY in the process.

This truly is a GIFT FROM GOD. God has been gracious.

THANK YOU THAT YOU REDEEM AND RENEW AND RESTORE BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS!!

I realise I have no idea what you are walking through in your life, whether lately or for far too long, but I do know that He promises to walk with you and will never leave you nor forsake you.

Thank you Lord that you not only restore what has been lost or stolen, but you make all things new and the replacement is even better than the original!