Do You Need More Rest?


My Idea of Rest

I NEED MORE REST!


"Who doesn't? Stop your whining and get back to work." The inner voice that tells me I have nothing to complain about rears its ugly head.


"Put in a few more hours. Check off three more things from the list. Add to the priority list and reprioritize. Make another list."


"Additional sleep will come tomorrow night, if I could only squeeze out a little more from this list tonight!"


Grrr.


God created us for rest. A wise keynote speaker explained that the very first thing God had Adam and Eve do once they were created, and placed responsible for the animals and land, was to rest.


He didn't give them a huge checklist or point to all His creation and say, "you'd better get started."


He didn't ask them to put together a strategic plan for their new domain, do the shopping, or pay the bills. In fact, I'm pretty sure he created them, told them to multiply, then instructed them to rest while He did the same.


Not a bad way to spend a day.



I've forgotten this though, have you? How to rest?


As an author, I place a lot of pressure on myself to get the 'have to's' done. Trouble is, most of the have to's are not haves at all. There is very little need in the rules I demand that I follow. I need rest from my self-inflicted legalism.


ISTJ's, like myself become deprived and anxious when we don't complete a task or meet a deadline. INTP's delve so deeply into a problem, they can't find their way out and exhaustion quickly ensues. And for the ISFP who loves so deeply but from such a distance, the unrequited love deprives them of emotional rest.


But Jesus.


Matthew 11:28 reads, "28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."


Jesus wants us to know that we are free from legalism and rules that constrain us. We are not free from His commandments, but can lay the heavy yoke of self-inflicted self-righteousness at His feet and rest.


At the cross is where we find Him. At the cross, he will meet us and carry us along our path. Our problems, issues, whether self-inflicted or cursed by others, are His to soothe. We don't have to qualify our issues as big or small, worthy of His attention silent altogether. He knows. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. When we feel like nothing, he shows us our worth in Him.


I'm taking some time right now from filling my head and making time to listen for a while. I'm praying for a changed and renewed heart. I'm praying for a willing spirit and faith to move mountains. I'm praying to see more of Him. I'm praying for rest. Rest in Him.


Would you like to join me?


Send me an email. I'd be honored to pray with you!

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Kass Fogle is an Introvert with a side dish of social anxiety. She is an award winning Contemporary Christian Author, Speaker and Blogger who lives with her husband and two children in South-Central Illinois.  Her first novel, Ruth's Garden is complete and she is working on a devotional journal dedicated to Introverts. You can usually find Kass at the local coffee house writing, at home baking, hanging out with family or causing trouble with her tight group of girlfriends. 

 

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