"Woman Resting on a Divan" by Georges Lemmen


Here are some comments posted yesterday by friends on my Facebook page in response to Well, Shut My Mouth!
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Amy wrote: “Ahhh, yes- must admit (especially since love language is Acts of Service) real rest is a struggle sometime for me too. Learning from God the last few months re: physical health/ spiritual health, how closely they go together! Devotion today hit home w/ your topic of refreshing and satisfying our spirit…( Ps.119: 103) God’s words spoken to your soul are sweet as honey; nothing satisfies you like God does. (Ps.103:1-5, 107:8-9) Thank you for reminding me of the need to be quenched by God’s presence along the journey he has us on.
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Candy wrote: “It’s when I miss the PWOC (military women’s ministry) retreats the most……………when their was quiet…………..peace…………….birds chirping………no distractions…………no raised voices………..no needing to go to the refrigerator or cabinets in search of ————ok! Chocolate! Just God and me!!!! Oh! and hundreds of women that were also alone with God! How cool is that??????????? Did I just say the word cool???”
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Rose wrote: Oh, yes, my friend. Too easy to run to “rest” and “comfort” in places that truly do not refresh or satisfy. Then get antsy when I try to be still. “Just one more thing that needs to be done,” I think, and then the quiet of my time with Him is lost, as I run from one “just one more” to another. Remembering reading about Sabbath, and that one of the lessons of Sabbath is that we are not so important, what we do can wait one more day. May you find reflection and renewal in the secret place. I love that He points things out to us, not to condemn, but to lovingly draw us to change.
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Diane, Susan and Holly all joined in a resounding “YES!” They too struggle with rest.
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Well, my fellow sojourners, here are a few more scriptures on the quest for rest:
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But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2).
Note to self: It takes some self-control to be still and quiet.
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The fruit of that righteousness will be peace, its effect will be quietness and confidence forever (Isaiah 42:14).
Note to self: Who wouldn’t want to receive a promise of peace, quietness and confidence? Being alone can be lonely, but purposeful solitude can bring healing, hope and strength.
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Bottom line: I have not been willing to be quiet. I have been alone, but I have not been quiet. Too much media and too much negative self-talk have been yelling in the background.
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Help me Lord, to turn off the things that distract me from growing the fruit of righteousness.
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BTW–This article by Adrian Boykin in Leadership Journal challenged my soul. Read his account of being surprised by sloth in “Losing My Edge” here:
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©Brenda Pace, 2012

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